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Critical Issues Program Releases Preliminary Results of “Defining Critical Issues” Survey

NRL News - Wed, 2013-12-04 10:13

The Critical Issues program, part of the American Geosciences
Institute’s (AGI’s) Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding,
has just released the preliminary results of the “Defining Critical Issues”
survey which can be accessed from the Critical Issues program website.

The majority of responses to the web-based survey were from geoscientists in the
post-secondary academic sector. The most frequently
mentioned critical issues were climate change, water, energy, environment,
natural hazards, economics, and issues associated with agriculture, food, and
soils. When asked to select the highest priority issues, all cohorts chose
climate change. Those who described themselves as geoscientists, public, or
“other” chose water as the second priority issue, while decision makers
considered human population growth to be the second highest priority.

The aim of the web-based survey is to understand how the decision-making
community, geoscience community, and the public define the term “critical
issue,” as well as which critical issues are of top concern to each community.
The survey is deliberately short, broad, and unstructured in order to capture a
wide range of responses. The survey, which was launched on November 5, 2013,
will officially close on December 31, 2013, and a final report will be published
in January 2014. The Critical Issues program especially seeks additional input
from members of the public and decision-making community. The survey can be
accessed here.

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video trial

NRL News - Wed, 2013-11-13 11:41

The NCSU Libraries has a trial to Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video until December 30. Please take a look and let us know if this product interests you.

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video is the most extensive video collection ever assembled in the areas of fitness and health assessment, disease management, injury treatment, nutrition, medical fitness, sport science, work-site wellness, exercise adherence, and much more. Developed through an exclusive partnership with Healthy Learning, the world’s leading producer of sports medicine videos, the collection features an array of internationally renowned physicians, exercise scientists, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, registered dieticians, sport psychologists, personal trainers, and health/wellness experts who share information, ideas, and insights on the principles, techniques, and modalities of modern exercise science and sports medicine.

Please send your comments and feedback on this product to Karen Ciccone.

Writing support for graduate students

NRL News - Mon, 2013-10-14 13:44
The Graduate School and the Graduate Writing Center have new writing services available to graduate students.

Thesis and Dissertation Support Services (TDSS) TDSS is designed to enhance the success of students writing theses and dissertations. It offer a variety of workshops, seminars, and other programming to empower students to finish their degrees. Its focus is on scholarly writing instruction, but some events do cover the entire research process, from the beginning (forming an advisory committee), to the middle (writing a dissertation proposal), to the end (planning for a dissertation defense), and everything in between. For more information, visit the TDSS website: go.ncsu.edu/tdss or email the Director, Dr. Meagan Kittle Autry, at makittle@ncsu.edu.

Graduate Writing Center (GWC) The GWC is now open for all graduate students. They can bring any non-exam related writing at any point in the writing process for a one-on-one consultation with a writing tutor. Students should make appointments online with the GWC’s Google Calendar appointments system, available at: http://tutorial.ncsu.edu/gwc. For more information, email the Director, Dr. Brandy Grabow, at blgrabow@ncsu.edu.

Feed the Pack

NRL News - Thu, 2013-10-10 14:02

The Library’s Community Service Committee is holding an ongoing food drive for Feed the Pack, the NC State food pantry, and we invite you to participate. A donation bin is located in the Natural Resources Library, near the entrance.

The food pantry appreciates all donations, but they do ask that we try to stay away from canned green beans and corn. It’s best to have a large variety of items available in order to better serve our campus community. A list of donation suggestions is below. Donations will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

More information on Feed the Pack can be found here. Feed the Pack Pantry Donation List
*most needed items

  • Snacks (popcorn, granola bars, animal crackers, pudding, etc.)*
  • Cereal*
  • Breakfast items*
  • Condiments*
  • Grains*
  • Pasta*
  • Fruit (can or cup)*
  • Bottled water
  • Soda
  • Juice boxes
  • Canned meals (soup, tuna, ravioli, etc.)
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned vegetables
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Feminine products
  • Shaving items
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels

A new non-Java CAS Structure Editor is now available in SciFinder

NRL News - Thu, 2013-10-03 15:22

The SciFinder chemistry database now features a new version of the CAS Structure Editor that does not require a Java plugin. The Java version of the editor is still available and you can easily select your preferred editor.

The non-Java editor is a new option for substance and reaction searching that queries the same SciFinder database. You may notice that some features are missing. Although SciFinder would have preferred to release the editor with all functionality, they released the first available working version to address the pressing needs of some who are still experiencing Java-related issues. For more information on the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor, visit SciFinder System Requirements.

With the latest SciFinder release, you can also:

-Analyze reaction answer sets by reagent to more quickly identify your synthesis of interest
-Quickly view substance and supplier information simultaneously without leaving your commercial sources answer set
-Easily update your account information and access SciPlanner how-to guides

More information regarding SciFinder can be also found on NCSU Library’s website .

Pinetum 1934-2002 Now Online

NRL News - Mon, 2013-09-16 08:43

The NCSU Libraries now provides online access to the 1934 through 2001-2002 editions of the Pinetum, the student journal of the NC State College of Natural Resources (previously the School of Forestry and College of Forest Resources). Since 1934, the Pinetum has documented student life in the college and provided a forum for administrative messages to students. The early volumes, also available in print in the library, contain valuable documentation of the history of the college, its faculty and students, and student clubs and activities. Beginning with the 2006-2007 edition, the Pinetum has been published through the College of Natural Resources’ website.

The digital editions of the Pinetum are available as part of the NCSU Libraries’ Rare & Unique Digital Collections, which provides access to thousands of images, video and audio recordings, and text documenting NC State history. The university’s student yearbook, the Agromeck, and course catalogs are among the historical materials available through this website.

Special Collections “Show and Tell” event at the Natural Resources Library a success!

NRL News - Mon, 2013-08-26 15:47

On Friday, August 23, more than 40 faculty, students, and staff members enjoyed the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) “Show and Tell” event at the Natural Resources Library (NRL). The event featured materials from the SCRC that were of special interest to NRL patrons, including highlights from the Bruce J. Zobel Papers, the Carl Alwin Schenck Papers, and selected materials from the university archives. A sample volume from Romeyn B. Hough’s The American Woods 14-volume set from 1888-1910 was especially popular. The book features (very thinly sliced) radial, tangential, and transverse sections of 350 North American woods. The descriptions that accompany the three views cover each tree’s characteristics, growth habits, medicinal properties, and commercial possibilities. In the photograph above (in the lower right corner), the Curator of Collections is holding up one page from this book.

Given the high attendance at this event, another event will in all likelihood be scheduled at NRL for the following semester. To view these collections in person, please schedule an appointment at the SCRC by sending an email to: library_specialcollections@ncsu.edu.

Two New Library Tutorial Videos

NRL News - Thu, 2013-08-22 12:26
Two new animation videos are now available on the library website. These videos will help students as they begin the library research process.

Picking Your Topic IS Research (3:10) describes how picking a topic isn’t set in stone from the get-go. You tweak and refine as you do research. It emphasizes the research process.

From Idea to Library (2:28) tells the story of how an idea goes from a researcher to publication as an article in a journal and how it becomes discoverable in article databases through the library. We hope it helps students better understand the distinctions between an article, a journal, and a database.

You can find these and other tutorials here: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/

Let your librarian know if you have comments or questions about these videos or suggestions for other tutorial topics.

Library Research Workshops

NRL News - Wed, 2013-08-21 09:12

The library offers workshops on effective literature searching, citation management, writing literature reviews, and other topics. The full schedule and workshop descriptions are available at http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/researchworkshops.

If you do not find a workshop that meets your schedule, you can schedule a workshop or one-on-one consultation with your librarian. Contact us at nrl_library@ncsu.edu.

Case Studies in Sport Management: a new online journal

NRL News - Wed, 2013-08-14 10:10

The NCSU Libraries now has online access to Case Studies in Sport Management (CSSM), a peer-reviewed journal that facilitates teaching the discipline through case studies. According to the CSSM Mission Statement, “The purpose of Case Studies in Sport Management is to enhance pedagogy in the discipline through the dissemination of teaching cases across varied topics consistent with the COSMA Common Professional Component topical areas, including sport management, marketing, finance, and law.” CSSM articles can be easily searched on their website, so finding an article that pertains to a particular topic is quite simple. Access this title using the search box on the NCSU Libraries website.

BrowZine app: trial through the end of Aug.

NRL News - Mon, 2013-08-05 09:31

Through the end of August, the library has trial access to BrowZine, an iPad and Android app that facilitates browsing of library journal collections. If you are interested in testing the product, please follow the instructions below. Your feedback about this product would be greatly appreciated and can be sent to Karen Ciccone (kacollin@ncsu.edu).

To access the trial:

• From your iPad or Android device, download BrowZine from the App Store and install it.
• When you open BrowZine for the first time, you will see a list of schools. Select “North Carolina State University,” then enter your Unity ID and Password.
• Select subject areas or titles of interest and start browsing. You may notice that only a limited portion of our collection is available for browsing through BrowZine.