Category Archives: research

Having a little fun evaluating research methodology

I laughed while reading this NPR story about an article from the Christmas edition in BMJ. It highlighted research about the efficacy of parachutes. This randomized controlled trial concluded that parachutes are no more effective than empty backpacks for safety … Continue reading

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Farewell to an Important Resource

I continue to be amazed at the shortsightedness of funding for evidence-based medicine. Health-care providers, government agencies, and even the general public agree that evidence-based medicine is important to improve health care. Yet funding to enable providers to provide this … Continue reading

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How Information Literacy Could Have Saved this Korean War Memorial

I sometimes feel as if I need to defend the importance of information literacy; many people do not seem to understand how important it is in one’s professional and personal daily life. I think that this news story about the serious … Continue reading

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The Science Librarian is Wandering Around in the Humanities Building Again!

I was honored to have been asked to serve on the Digital Humanities Steering Committee at the college where I am a science librarian. It seems like a great avenue to connect with different faculty while combining my library and … Continue reading

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Commentary: Still Saying No to Discovery Services

I came across this recent article about the negative aspects of using discovery tools in library websites. This inspired me to revisit our library’s current decision to resist adopting a discovery service framework for our library website.  I continue to … Continue reading

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Did the Groundhog See Its Shadow? And Other Search Queries

One search strategy tip that has made it into all of my information literacy and research strategy classes is to inform students that they cannot search library resources with an entire sentence — they need to select the major keywords … Continue reading

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The sad state of withdrawn articles on the internet

About a month ago I listened to an interesting story on NPR. The story contained an interview with Joan Juliet Buck who authored an article in Vogue about Asma al-Assad, the first lady of Syria.  The story was published just … Continue reading

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