The PlumX widget is being added to EBSCO’s Discovery Service (EDS) sometime in August 2016. On the library’s website, EDS is accessed through the Search Everything button on the Library’s homepage.


This visual widget presents data based on the following five metric categories:

  1. Usage – The most sought after metric after citations
  2. Captures – A leading indicator of citations
  3. Mentions – Where people are truly engaging
  4. Social Media – Tracks the promotion and buzz of research
  5. Citations – When one document cites another

plum dropdown

In the past, students have had to rely on Google Scholar to ascertain an articles popularity. We’re hoping PlumX will become an additional tool for students to gather metrics.

Google Scholar



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Mental Measurements Yearbooks: 2016 Update

Buros has updated its website but you can still find all the information you need to read a test review in The Mental Measurements Yearbooks which the Library has in print (volumes 3rd – 19th).


  • On the Test Reviews Online page type in what you are looking for. In the example below we typed in the acronym for Test of Early Mathematics Ability (TEMA).
  • Hit SEARCH


Click the blue hyperlink Test of Early Mathematics Ability. Third Edition


  • Look  at the record and find the section called Reviewed In.
  • You should see information leading you to appropriate Mental Measurements Yearbook.


Finally, go to the Ready Reference area and locate the The Sixteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook.

Crehan, K. D. (2003). [Review of the Test of Early Mathematics Abbility, Third Edition]. In R. A. Spies, B. S. Plake, & L. L. Murphy (Eds.), The sixteenth mental measurements yearbook (pp. 1036-1038). Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.

Monsaas, J. A. (2003). [Review of the Test of Early Mathematics Abbility, Third Edition]. In R. A. Spies, B. S. Plake, & L. L. Murphy (Eds.), The sixteenth mental measurements yearbook (pp. 1038-1040). Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.





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Uploading Articles from EDS to Google Drive

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eBook Education Collection (EBSCOhost)

Bank Street Library has three eBook subscriptions. The one most people are familiar with is ProQuest’s ebrary. We now have EBSCOhost’s eBook Education Collection which is part of the library’s new discovery service and can be accessed through the Search Everything option on the library’s homepage. The third one is quite small and is simply called eBook Collection (EBSCOhost).

Finding eBooks is not particularly difficult but downloading and printing can be challenging. Each subscription has its own demands. If you want a brush-up on ebrary read our Creating an ebrary eBook Account. This post is focused on EBSCOhost’s eBook Education Collection and how to go about downloading, and reading off-line. But, If all you want to do is read online do the following:

  1. Find your book through Search Everything (library’s homepage search box)
  2. Open up the record
  3. Click the + sign (Table of Contents)
  4. And read the desired section



Reading Off-line: Getting Ready


Once you have an account make it a part of your database routine to sign in.


Although you don’t have to use any of your Bank Street logins, make it easy on yourself: use your real name, and use your Bank Street email address. The hard part is creating a strong password (upper case, lower case, digits, and numbers).

Sign In

You can sign-in before searching and downloading.


Or, you can wait to be prompted.



For a more enjoyable reading experience online and off-line, EPUB is the best option as it flows to the size of your screen. If you are concerned about citing page numbers then choose PDF. The catch is that at present you have to download PDFs to read them.

Where is Everything?

Once you have signed in to My EBSCOhost Account you can see what you have checked out under

  1. My Checkouts (8)
  2. Checkouts (8)
  3. There is also the confusing eBooks (2) folder (items saved but not checked-out or downloaded).


Downloading to a Desktop or Mobile Device

Use a browser to navigate to the database page on the library website (Library > Research Tools > Research Databases) and do the following:

  1. Sign into an EBSCOhost database, e.g., Academic Search Premiere, or eBooks Education Collection.
  2. Go to My Checkouts.
  3. Select Download (Offline)
  4. Depending on your device, it will offer some eBook app or program choices.
  5. You will be asked to sign in with your Adobe ID, and perhaps your Bluefire login (so have this information handy). These programs track pages read across devices.


We’ve found that Firefox is the browser of choice for EBSCO eBooks. If you intend to read PDFs go to: Tools > Add-ons > Plugins and make sure that Adobe Acrobat and/or Adobe Reader are set to Always Activate.

Downloading to a Kindle

Using Amazon’s Send to Kindle option, you can send your saved EBSCO eBook pages in PDF format to any Kindle eReader device or Kindle app on iPhone or Android devices, or read them using Kindle for the Chrome browser.

Summing Up

Yes, there are a number of hoops to jump through to download an eBook from EBSCOhost’s Education Collection but for the most part you only have to set up once. If you are still experiencing problems, stop by the reference desk and ask for Peter, or Grace and we will try our best to help you out.

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Writing an Annotated Bibliography in APA (6th ed.)

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

  • An annotated bibliography is a critical part of the research process. It includes a citation of the sources you’ve consulted on a particular topic, then provides a brief analytical description, or “annotation”, of each source.
  • Your annotated bibliography should demonstrate that you can describe and analyze the content of a source in your own words. Annotated bibliographies are excellent opportunities for you to test your understanding. When annotating children’s literature, annotated bibliographies give readers a sense of the textual content (plot, point of view), illustration style and storytelling methods utilized in the book.

Wait, Wait… Tell Me More About the “Annotation” Part!

Writing an effective annotation of children’s literature means you have:

  • Succinctly summarized what a source is about in your own words (who the authors are, what occurs in the story, the narrative point of view)
  • Evaluated the source (Who is narrating the story? Who is the ideal audience/reader level for this story? What sorts of questions would this story broach in the classroom? What sorts of literary or plot techniques are utilized in telling the story?). Other important aspects to keep an eye out for are the source’s publication date, whether the book has received awards or other recognitions, and how this book compares or differs from others in your bibliography.
  • Briefly reflected on how or how this source is useful for your research and interest in this topic.

Okay… So APA Formatting. Help!

Annotations can vary in length, from a few sentences to several pages long. In most of your Bank Street coursework, an acceptable annotation will be between 150-250 words.

An APA (6th ed) style annotated bibliography has two parts: 1) a citation of the work in proper APA (6th ed) format and 2) the annotation itself.

  • Citations follow standard APA guidelines as you would in your reference list. Since there is no formal APA standard for citing illustrated books, it is acceptable to cite the author, but be sure to credit the illustrator in your annotation. If the illustrator is essential to the way the story is told (as in a graphic novel or picture book), it is also acceptable to cite the illustrator as the second author. In Goodnight Moon, for example, you have the option of citing illustrator Clement Hurd as the second author. That citation would look like this:

Brown, M.W., & Hurd, C. (2007). Goodnight moon. New York, NY: Harper Collins. (Originally published in 1947)

  • The annotation for a source will follow on the next line after the citation, with each paragraph indented. Double-space throughout your bibliography; there is no need for extra spaces between the citation and your annotation.
  • Though most short annotations can flow one after the other, consider breaking your annotations into sections if your bibliography is extensive and covers a vast and differing amount of sources.

Example: Illustrated Children’s Book

Bunting, E., & Lewin, T. (2006). One green apple. New York, NY: Clarion Books.

Farah is a young immigrant who cannot speak the English language. She feels alone and

isolated from the rest of the students . Today, her class is going to an orchard to pick

apples. She chooses a green apple, which is different from the other kids’ red apples, just

like her. They make apple cider where all of the students’ apples blend together. This is

the first time Farah feels like she fits in with the other kids, and she learns her very first

English word “app-ell.” The illustrations are realistic with a lot of detail and color. Lewin

accentuates the shadows and highlights in the pictures. This book won the 2006 Arab

American Book Award. Reading level: K-3.

Annotation modified from:
Lelii, M. (2011, November 28). Annotated bibliography for children’s literature [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://marissalelii.tumblr.com/


Be sure to check with instructors for specific style requirements. For additional guidance, contact reference librarians Peter Hare or Grace Abanavas, call us at 212-875-4456, or come by the Reference Desk in the library. Happy writing!

Further Reading

Hare, P. C. (2016, January 11). Illustrators and APA [Blog post] Retrieved from https://bankstreetlibrary.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/illustrators-apa/

Purdue University Online Writing Lab. (2013). Annotated bibliographies. Retrieved from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/01

Write Annotated Bibliographies. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.bankstreet.edu/library/how-can-i/write-annotated-bibliographies/


Many thanks to Rebecca Nieto for creating the content of this blog post.

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2015 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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EBSCO Discovery Service (Trial)

We’re pretty excited about a new product called EBSCOhost Discovery Service (EDS). It has the ability to “search everything” the Library subscribes to, or owns (except ProQuest). Yes, that’s right:

  • Books in the stacks
  • eBooks
  • databases
  • topic specific YouTube videos
  • Library Research Guides
  • EBSCO’s Research Starters.

And all from one user interface. We would like you to explore on campus and at home. Let us know what you think, and tell us about any glitches or links that don’t work.

If you are off campus you can still look at what EDS has to offer, but you won’t be allowed to download anything unless you are logged in with your 14 digit library barcode (or access code).

There are two opportunities to login, the first is at the top of the EDS search page (look for the yellow strip), and second when you click an item to download.

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