Psychology and Education @St. Thomas

July 24, 2013

InterLibrary Loan: Where do your books come from?

Filed under: Books,Libraries and Librarians,Library Services — merriealynn @ 4:58 pm

What’s the greatest thing about libraries? We share almost everything with each other!

Here at the University of St. Thomas, we share our collection with other libraries of the ACTC schools. Searching our catalog brings results from the other schools. A click on the Request link starts the process that ends with the courier bringing the book to your favorite CLIC library where you can check it out.

But if no CLIC library owns your book or subscribes to your journal?

books from UST, CLIC, Minitex, the US, the world

Our InterLibrary Loan department rocks harder than any I’ve seen.

Faith Bonitz and Lindsey Loree borrow books from everywhere. And with about 60 requests per day, they get requests for almost anything.

The UST libraries also participate in the Minitex network which makes it easy for us to get books and articles from academic and public libraries in Minnesota.

Generally,  they get books and papers for you mostly from the University of Minnesota. It’s close and, as a state university, has the obligation to assist all of Minnesota’s citizens. But even the U doesn’t have everything. Soooo……

Around once or twice a month, we borrow books from around the world: France, the UK, Taiwan, Australia, and everywhere else.


Maps showing that books are lent to UST from all over the world

ILL is the Travel Agent for Books


October 25, 2010

Sage Research Methods Online – beta testing

Filed under: Books,Databases,encyclopedias,Reference,Statistics — merriealynn @ 3:15 pm

Sage Research Methods Online logoHere’s something both to play with and to use: Sage Research Methods Online! Sign up for their beta website.

Sage, probably the best-known, most respected publisher of material on social science research methodology, has put its publications online. It’s now in beta testing, but you can play with their website until December 31st. You’ll have to sign in and create an account. Then it’s all yours! They want feedback so they can make this database as useful as possible.

Currently, we have tons of books on research methodology in the social sciences, much of it published by Sage. They’re in our circulating collection (you can check them out) and in our reference section. We do have one or two methodology encyclopedias online. Still, in order to use our resources, you almost always have to come into the library, so they don’t get as much use as they deserve.

When does a person need help designing and analyzing their research? At 2 in the morning when she can’t sleep because a problem with data collection just occured to her. Now you can find answers, in-depth, thoroughly studied answers.

The Little Green Books are included, as well as handbooks, guides, encyclopedias, etc. etc. Plus they have a wonderful Methods Map. So if you are trying to figure out which methodology would work for your study, you can find methodologies you’ve never heard of. Inaddition, you’ll find articles about them that describe pros and cons, their history, the way folks usually use them, and how to procede if you decide to use it.

Have a great time in it. The more I look around, the more I find. Here’s a sampling:

  • Andrew, G., and Andrew, W. S., (2004). Critical reading for self-critical writing. Learning to Read Critically in Language and Literacy. London: SAGE..
  • Jan, R., (2007). Experiences of AI. Appreciative Inquiry. Thousand Oaks: SAGE.
  • Renata, P., Kath, F., and Allan, E., (2007). Organizing and Managing Your Research. London: SAGE .
  • Jerry, J. W., Ann-Marie, B., Cheryl, H., Gary, M., and Pat, S., (2005). Reviewing the Literature. Succeeding with Your Doctorate. London: SAGE.

(Just a heads up. Their citations don’t follow APA style. Keeping my fingers crossed they’ll adjust it.!)

And I’d love to hear feedback about your experiences as well.

February 1, 2010

All about the DSM in all its Flavors — PsychiatryOnline

Filed under: Books,Databases,Journals — merriealynn @ 5:10 pm

Just the other day, a student wanted to write a paper on the history of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health (the DSM).

“Do I have a database for you!” I said. (Probably shouted a little bit, I was so excited). “It’s PsychiatryOnline from the American Psychiatric Association and it has all of the DSMs from DSM to DSM-IV-TR. Each of them has a chapter on how and why they were developed!”


The most recent DSM

Not only that, but PsychiatryOnline includes textbooks, APA Practice Guidelines, patient handouts, and self-assessment tools. Plus 6 American Psychiatric Association journals:

  • Academic Psychiatry
  • American Journal of Psychiatry
  • Focus
  • Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences
  • Psychiatric News
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Psychosomatics
  • When you wander around in the DSM-IV-TR, links to articles related to the diagnosis you’re looking at in the Textbook of Differential Diagnosis, the Casebooks, journal articles, etc appear to the left and right. Playing in the online assesment is as good as any game on the computer and you can pretend you’re studying too!

    Have fun and let me know if you have any questions.

    July 15, 2009

    PsycBooks Online — Find them in our Catalog

    Filed under: APA,Books — merriealynn @ 4:21 pm

    Great news! The PsycBooks records into our catalog. So now while you’re searching for print books in our library, you can find over 1,300 electronic book available to you, wherever you are, anywhere in the world.

    We continually receive new books, so keep checking back to see what we have. And you can read whole chapters at once, download the entire chapter, and enjoy reading in the comfort of your bed (if you tend to leave your laptop in your living room 🙂

    You may browse this way:

    Type in a search for “American Psychological Association,” then choose those that are of the format “e-Books/e-Docs.”

    April 1, 2009

    John Hope Franklin made History for All of Us.

    Filed under: Books,Research Topics,Uncategorized — merriealynn @ 9:37 am

    My mother once told me she didn’t enjoy history in school, because she could never find herself in her history books. We’re Eastern European Jews and back when my mom was a kid, you couldn’t find us anywhere.

    Then came John Hope Franklin, whose great scholarship made history inclusive. After a long struggle, folks recognized that American history is fragmentary if limited only to white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant men. Even though Prof. Franklin lived to the old age of 94, he still died too young. But he made the world a much better place for the rest of us.

    His obituary from the Washington Post.

    Here is a link to his books that we have at St. Thomas.

    And list of some of them:

    In search of the promised land : a slave family in the Old South
    John Hope Franklin, Loren Schweninger.
    Author: Franklin, John Hope 1915-
    Published: New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
    UST-OSF Stacks E444 .F825 2006     

    Mirror to America : the autobiography of John Hope Franklin
    John Hope Franklin.
    Author: Franklin, John Hope 1915-
    Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. 
     UST-OSF Stacks E444 .F825 2006

    Tributes to John Hope Franklin : scholar, mentor, father, friend
    edited by Beverly Jarrett.
    Published: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 2003. 
     LIBRARY WEST General Collection E175.5.F73 T75 2003    

    From slavery to freedom : a history of African Americans
    John Hope Franklin, Alfred A. Moss, Jr.
    Author: Franklin, John Hope 1915-
    Published: New York : A.A Knopf, 2000.
    UST-OSF Stacks E185 .F825 c.3    

    Runaway slaves : rebels on the plantation
    John Hope Franklin, Loren Schweninger.
    Author: Franklin, John Hope 1915-
    Published: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
    UST-OSF Stacks E447 .F7 1999    
    The color line legacy for the twenty-first century
    John Hope Franklin.
    Author: Franklin, John Hope 1915-
    Published: Columbia, Mo. : University of Missouri Press, c1993.
      UST-OSF Stacks E185.615 .F69 1993

    Essays. Selections
    Franklin, John Hope, 1915-2009
    Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1989.
    UST-OSF Stacks E175.5.F73 A25 1989

    March 6, 2009

    PsycBooks — Download Chapters of Great Psychology Books

    Filed under: APA,Books,Databases — merriealynn @ 3:05 pm

    PsycBOOKS contains books published by APA Books and others. There are more that 1,300 titles covered in PsycBOOKS. More than 600 are designated to be Classic Books, landmark books that are generally out of print.

    PsycInfo heavily indexes each chapter and book of PsycBooks, links to it, and allows you to download whole chpaters. So in other words, you can search for chapters in books just like you would for articles in journals and then read them on your computer or print them out.

    The books are both classic, landmark books that are out of print and recently-published, within the past year.

    June 24, 2008

    Working Papers in Linguistics

    Filed under: Books,Library Catalog — merriealynn @ 11:44 am
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    When I was at the University of Florida, one of the big projects  for our library was to look at our “brittle books” and decide what to do with them. Did we have lots of copies, so we could sell the books that are falling apart? Should we buy new copies? Do hundreds of libraries own the book, so if folks needed it, they could borrow it? (Especially if no one has checked the book out in 30 years!) Should we digitize it? Or has someone already digitized it?

    Well,  I was looking through the brittle books in my areas. Here was a Working Paper by Peter Ladefoged from 1967 from UCLA. (For those of you who aren’t linguists, Ladefoged is probably the most famous phonetician ever. He wrote the book that most students have used to learn about phonetics for the last 45-50 years. And he’s been tirelessly working to protect and study endangered languages. He just died in 2006.)

    Anyway, this was an old paper. Not held by many libraries, but variations on it are held by hundreds. I would have liked to digitize it, but UCLA has a large number of Ladefoged’s works online. (And a wonderful memoriom to him as well.) So I checked UCLA’s site and look what I found: an archive of UCLA’s Papers in Linguistics! Just wonderful.

    Not only does it include Working Papers, but also Dissertations and Master’s Theses (Master’s Theses are usually not available through ProQuest Dissertations, by the way).

    Of course, the greatest site to list the grey material in linguistics, generally digitized and often free, is

    April 1, 2007

    Methodology Handbooks

    Filed under: Books,Research Techniques — merriealynn @ 7:53 pm

    New Handbooks in Methodology from Sage Publications

    As I’ve mentioned before, the library is trying to develop a strong methodology collection and get it used! Peter Malanchuk, our Librarian for Political Science, and Colleen Seale and Michael Dietz, both from the Reference Department, are collaborating with me to determine what reference materials and circulating books would enlighten students and faculty most during those dark moments of HUH?? or just the grayish ones.

    Sage Publications has a well-earned reputation for producing some of the very best methodology handbooks. They are where I turn when I want to develop our collection. We also chose these texts because the articles include case studies from all over the social sciences: from political science to communication, psychology to television. Check out the Table of Contents. Pretty impressive.

    Recently, Peter and I requested feedback on sets that reprinted “benchmark” articles about issues on particular methodologies. We already have a few of the sets:

    LinkEthnography / edited by Alan Bryman. Table of Contents
    LinkThe American tradition in qualitative research / edited by Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln. Table of Contents
    LinkConversation analysis / edited by Paul Drew & John Heritage. Table of Contents

    They are all going into reference, so you’ll be able to get at them when you need them. Faculty members can assign readings from them. They have wonderful reference lists after each article which should lead you to other readings.

    From consulting the suggestions from faculty and the requests we get from students, we’ve decided to buy the following sets:

    LinkMeasurement / edited by David Bartholomew Table of Contents
    LinkResearch Design / edited by David de Vaus Table of Contents
    LinkEvaluation Research Methods / edited by Elliot Stern Table of Contents

    Several faculty members asked for the Measurement texts and students are often confused about how and why they should use certain tests and inventories. Research Design was also requested and is broad, addressing very general issues confronted by most researchers.

    Thank you for you assistance and let me know what other books we can gather together for you!

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