Farmer Yoga, Creeping Codgerism, Apple Golf, and Other Brief Essays From On and Off the Back Forty
by Michael Perry AC8.5 .P47 2016 New Arrivals, 2nd floor
Michael Perry has brought us yet another colorful collection of essays, many inspired by the place he calls home and by the people from New Auburn, Wisconsin. Originally written as a column for the Wisconsin State Journal, some anecdotes in this collection bring back familiar themes – such as intermittent, amateur pig farming and restoring the chicken coop on wheels. Others bring to light other considerations of consequence such as septic tank dilemmas (“a problem not zappable by app”) and how to market yoga to farmers (focus on the utility of the plow pose, or the wheel pose, “a good choice if you were trying to locate a grease zerk on the underside of the hay baler.”)
Check out this and other titles by Michael Perry from Andersen Library:
If you’d like to learn more, Andersen Library may be able to help! Searching the Library’s resources can help you find materials such as the books Reservation “capitalism”: economic development in Indian country (3rd-floor Main Collection, E98.E2 M55 2012), Health and social issues of Native American women (3rd-floor Main Collection, E98.W8 H43 2012), and Beyond the asterisk: Understanding Native students in higher education (3rd-floor Main Collection, E97 .B49 2013).
If you’d like assistance with finding additional resources, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).
Old Main Lane on the University Center’s 2nd floor is a sneak peek, temporary display that celebrates UW-Whitewater history and provides a taste of the future Old Main Lane Permanent Historical Display, which is scheduled to open in 2018 as part of the celebration of the 150 years of UW-Whitewater history and excellence. As we look forward to our Sesquicentennial Celebration beginning in April 2018, we are looking back through history to see how we have become the internationally acclaimed university that we are today. You’re invited to join us as we step back through time, and take a walk down memory lane.
On Wednesday, October 5th, a reception was held in the UC’s Old Main Ballroom to celebrate the coming Old Main Lane display. It was an exciting evening shared with faculty, staff, and students. Members of the Old Main Lane LEAP Team and Committee were in attendance to share with guests their vision for the permanent display, the progress that has been made, as well as speak about special upcoming events that are happening in collaboration with the display, and the Sesquicentennial Celebration. Speakers included Kim Adams, Chloe Rettinger, Jan Bilgen, Eli Krause, Deronica Goldsmith (from Andersen Library’s Special Collections), and Pete Killoran (from Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology).
One of the highlights of the evening included the first public showing of a video that combines visual images of the 1970 Old Main Fire, with audio from a 1992 interview with Dr. I.W. “Ike” Schaffer about his memories from that fateful night. Though still a work in progress, it was four minutes that guests sat in silence and awe, as they watched the fire unfold before their eyes. After the program concluded, guests were then given time explore the display and step back through UW-Whitewater history.
Upcoming Events for the Old Main Lane Permanent Display:
Fall 2016 – Archeological Dig of the West Wing of Old Main
Founders Day 2017 – Collection of UW-Whitewater Artifacts and Memorabilia from past alumni, faculty, and staff
Homecoming 2017 – Collection of UW-Whitewater Artifacts and Memorabilia from past alumni, faculty, and staff
If you would like to get involved with the Old Main Lane Permanent Historical Display, please contact Kim Adams at (262)472-1477 or email@example.com, or Chloe Rettinger at (262)472-3193 or RettingeCL18@uww.edu
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
by Sebastian Junger GN492.5 .J86 2016 Browsing Books, 2nd floor
Life in a Stone Age society doesn’t seem like it would be easy. But Sebastian Junger sees it otherwise. The author is probably best known for his true-life adventure story on the high seas: The Perfect Storm. In Tribe, he turns his story-telling ability to an anthropological subject that seems a little curious at first. He shows how tribal societies create social bonds that are incredibly powerful, contributing to a sense of allegiance, purpose and belonging — something often lacking in contemporary societies. Although life in primitive cultures can be dangerous, it’s actually less stressful than in industrialized societies.
Being in the military in many ways mirrors tribal life because of the experience of shared purpose and communal living. Being in combat takes it even one step closer — and Junger discusses how these experiences create a deep sense of bonding against a common enemy.
PsycINFO, the largest and most comprehensive database of articles and other materials related to psychology and allied fields (psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work), is now available to Andersen Library’s patrons through the ProQuest interface. PsycARTICLES, a full-text database of articles from 42 journals published by the APA and allied organizations, also moved to the ProQuest platform. Patrons can search PsycARTICLES separately from PsycINFO (although all PsycINFO searches include PsycARTICLES results).
These two databases, both compiled by the American Psychological Association (APA), combine thorough indexing and extensive options that allows users to fine-tune their searches almost infinitely. Here are some of the most useful options:
Methodology: Unlike many databases, PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES allow users to choose what type of methodology the works in the result list will have. Popular choices include Empirical Study and Literature Review. The APA provides an explanation of all the different types of methodologies available in PsycINFO.
Find the Methodology limiter on the Advanced Search screen below the main search boxes under More Search Options.
Thesaurus: The APA notes that “with the wide variety of concepts and vocabulary used in the psychological literature, search and retrieval of records about specific concepts is virtually impossible without the controlled vocabulary of a thesaurus. This controlled vocabulary provides a way of structuring the subject matter in a way that is consistent among users (e.g., searching for Dysphoria, Melancholia, and Depression can all be achieved by searching the term “Major Depression”) (APA website, 2016).
Find the link to the Thesaurus on the Advanced Search screen above the main search boxes and to the right of the words “Advanced Search.”
ProQuest My Research: Save articles in your own account and access them later. See last week’s T3 post to learn more.
Andersen Library currently subscribes to 18 databases provided by ProQuest. Over the summer, we added PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES to our ProQuest subscriptions. If you spend a lot of time within any of these databases, it may be worthwhile to create a My Research account to use during your searches. Once you have a My Research account, you can save articles in that account and access them from anywhere. Other features of ProQuest’s My Research include:
Documents – Save, view, and organize articles and other item records from ProQuest databases.
Searches – Save searches to provide easy future access to search strategies and results.
Alerts – Manage any alerts that you create while logged in to My Research.
RSS feeds – Manage any RSS feeds that you create while logged in to My Research.
Account – Adjust your account settings and preferences to personalize your ProQuest search experience.
Get a step-by-step guide to creating a My Research account and find out all the things you can do with it at ProQuest’s guide.
Three UW-Whitewater alumni will talk about what they look for when hiring college graduates on Wed., Oct. 12, at 5:30 pm in the UC’s Summers Auditorium. Get tips on how to articulate your learning and experiences on resumes and job applications! This is not just for students who will graduate this year!
How do you measure the potential impact of a scholarly article (or book, or blog post, or white paper)? Traditionally, scholars have looked at the number of citations to that article. More recently, an idea called an h-index has gained favor in some fields–especially the hard sciences, medicine, and some social sciences. An h-factor is a type of citation impact metric that takes into account both the productivity of an individual scholar and the number of citations to his or her work. Although these measures do count how many published scholarly sources have cited the original article, neither measure attempts to gauge the reach of that article into the popular press, newspapers, blogs, social media, or even how many other scholars may have read the article (without necessarily citing it in a published work).
The emerging field of altmetrics (from “alternative metrics”) attempts to provide some data about the different ways an article may have an effect on the public sphere. There are several companies that have started publishing tools that track tweets, blog posts, Facebook mentions, and downloads of PDFs from popular databases, institutional repositories, or citation manager communities. One company, Altmetric, has a bookmarklet that you can use to automatically see some alternative metrics for articles as you search for them in article databases.
What are the altmetrics of your favorite articles?
David Hart, Public Defender, will deliver a talk called “Bar none: The challenges black lawyers face when representing black clients in the criminal justice system” on Thursday, October 6, at 3:30 p.m. in University Center room 275A. It’s part of the African American Heritage Lecture Series.