Google Scholar Button

In Firefox it’s called an Add-on and in Chrome it’s called an Extension. You may have already been asked to add it to your toolbar, if you haven’t done so, add it now. It’s also a good idea to sign-in to your browser, and any databases you plan on using.

The Google Scholar Button icon looks like a tiny student with a blue mortar board hat.

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You can activate the Google Scholar Button by clicking it during a general web search or as a stand-alone search engine.

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In the example above we’re using the Google Scholar Button as a stand-alone search engine.

  1. Write your topic (educational leadership).
  2. Click the blue magnifying glass. A list of three results are returned.
  3. Look for Full-text @ Bank Street link (alternatives are BANK STREET COLLEGE OF EDUCATION – ProQuest Fulltext) clicking these links will lead you to the full-text article in our databases. The green links seem to lead to free, full-text items.
  4. Clicking the gray speech marks opens up a citation pop-up. Remember we are APA 6th.
  5. Clicking the four arrows leads you to a treasure trove of articles. On the full-screen page you will have options to limit results, e.g., to a more current time frame.
  6. The cog links back to Google Scholar setting – where you can check your library links, search language etc.

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Please note that Google Scholar does a pretty job at citations but it’s not perfect, so you will need to check. In the example above (see red box) the title of the article should be in sentence case, e.g., Principal leadership and student achievement. The title of the journal should be title case, that is both Educational Leadership need to start with a capital.

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How to Submit an IMP

It’s true, the library no longer accepts print copies of IMPs, but we’re still asked many questions on how to submit them online.

Although, information can be found on the Bank Street website and my.bankstreet.edu (see the STAFF tab), we thought we’d put together a step-by-step post on how to do it.

Step 1

Students, send your mentor (make the subject line your first and last name with IMP e.g., Joe Student IMP)

Step 2

Students and faculty must discuss whether an IMP should either:

  • Go to the library (i.e., go online) OR
  • Not go to the library

There are a variety of reasons an IMP might not go online. It could be that there are copyright or permission problems, or the thesis might contain sensitive material. There are also issues of time where a student may not be able to complete a thesis to the level required for going online (e.g., family commitments).

Step 3

Either way the IMP should be turned into a PDF and emailed to the mentor with these two completed fillable PDF forms – type and save:

Now, the job of the student is complete.

Step 4

Mentors need to go to my.bankstreet.edu and look under the STAFF tab for the Independent Study Submission area (bottom right-hand side) of the page – you may have to scroll down.

  1. Start with Instructions for Submitting and Independent Study
  2. Then select and complete either:
    1. Independent Study Approval Form – for Library storage OR
    2. Independent Study Approval Form – not for Library storage

These forms are fillable PDFs so typing signatures is OK.

Step 5

Put everything together into one email to the  IMP Database and you are done.

  1. The IMP (PDF)
  2. Checklist of Requirements for Independent Studies (PDF)
  3. Independent Study Cover Sheet (PDF)
  4. Either: Independent Study Approval Form – for Library storage OR Independent Study Approval Form – not for Library storage

What Happens Next?

  • Everything is sent to the Graduate School for processing
  • IMPs that are going online are sent via a secure electronic folder to the library
  • They are cataloged and uploaded to the web
  • IMP PDFs reside on a Bank Street server
  • Records containing download links can be found in the library catalog and in WorldCat.

Common Questions

Q: Can I have a copy of my IMP bound?
A: Absolutely! Visit our How Can I Have an IMP Bound? page.

Q: Does my IMP have to be double spaced?
A: Yes, double space the entire IMP.

Q: Is the abstract page 2?
A: Yes, please make the abstract page 2 (and the title page is page 1).

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National Autism Awareness Month

April is  National Autism Awareness Month. Come see our display of books in the reference area of the library (thank you Sharrod). We also have a research guide on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

National Autism Awareness Month

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Google Hangouts

What Do I Need?

Last week we were asked if Google Hangouts were possible from an iPhone4S. We ummed and ahhed, the IT person ummed and ahhed and then we all independently Googled it. And, yes it is possible. As it turns out you can make a Google Hangout from just about anything that’s connected to the internet.

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So, What Is a Hangout?

Well, it feels pretty much like a chat window. You can send messages, emoji, and photos, make phone and video calls and mostly it’s free.

What Else Do I Need?

You can do it through Gmail, Goolge+ Page or Profile, Chrome desktop app, an Android or iOS app, or with the Chrome extension. Gosh! What more could you want
The catch is that you really need to have a Google Account. You might not know this but your Bank Street email account is really a Google account.

The Final Frontier

From what students and faculty tell us Google groups and drives are pretty popular – the next step is to include Hangouts!

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APA Workshops: Spring 2015

Get ready, mark your calendars, we are presenting our much requested series of APA Workshops. If you want to make sure we address your most annoying APA query then, drop us a line at librarian@bankstreet.edu

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Non-U.S. Children’s Literature Reviews

We got this great question last week from a children’s literature class with a focus on diversity. The question was, “Where can I read some reviews of children’s literature that are not based in the United States?” Of course we have lots of choices in the U.S., e.g., our very own Children’s Book Committee but we were scratching our heads about outside the United States. So, we looked online, consulted colleagues, and posted to an electronic bulletin board and this is what we came up with:

Most national organizations review local authors and illustrators and try to promote their work.

Because the U.S. is such a publishing power house many titles familiar to American audiences are reviewed.

Although some of the larger international sites write in the local language and in English we were not privy to see what smaller organizations were doing unless their medium of dissemination was English.

If you are a speaker of a language other than English and you know of a site that is not to be missed let us know. To get some idea of what non-U.S. organizations are doing, below is a small list to get you going:

Canada

United Kingdom

Australia

New Zealand

South Africa

Japan

Italy

We hope to have an update of this post real soon – so stay tuned!

 

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Printing a Book-list Revisited

For a lot of patrons being able to make and print a book-list is pretty important. We’ve been waiting for this feature to return for sometime, and now thanks to a recent upgrade it’s back!

The following are step-by-step instructions. Although you don’t have to be logged it helps. Being logged in means you can add a book to an online list (public or private), and also place a hold. In the screenshots below I am logged in.

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  1. The keyword search topic is “single parent families.”
  2. The collection being searched is Adult collection (A)
  3. The results have been sorted by Publication/Copyright Date: Newest to Oldest, and 20 out of 30 items have been displayed
  4. Check and uncheck to select all or none of the results, or select items individually
  5. To print a list you need to click Add to cart. If you are not logged in Add to list and Place hold are not available.

making-list-page2After selecting Add to cart, the blue cart icon shows that it now contains 20 items. The pop-up below is activated by clicking the blue cart icon.
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  1. The default is brief display but it’s more useful to click + More Details.
  2. This allows you to see how many copies are available
  3. And more importantly the call number.

At the top of the pop-up are options to Print (yay!), Email to a friend, and Download as a HTML. Below is an excerpt of how your printed book list might look.

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