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Libraries and the Fight against Fake News

American University News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 00:00
In a ‘post-truth’ era, the ability to discern between reliable and unreliable sources of information is essential. As a skill set, information literacy allows the consumer to evaluate both data and news sources.
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Exploring disAbility as an Identity

American University News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 00:00
New identity workshop aims to bring people with disabilities to the forefront of AU consciousness.
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Presidents' Day Boot Camp for Graduate Students

The George Washington University - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 12:39
February 16, 2017

Are you a graduate student working on a literature review for a thesis or dissertation?  Get serious about your scholarship and learn tips that will save your time and sanity. Our "boot camp" on Presidents' Day offers several popular workshops together - attend one or all.

All sessions will take place in Gelman Library, Room 219 and online via WebEx. GW community members may attend any session via WebEx by clicking here. 

Please bring your own computer.  Kids off school? Quiet and happily occupied offspring are welcome.

Monday, February 20 (President's Day):
9:00-9:30: The Basics of Graduate Research
9:30-10:00: Exploring Beyond Gelman: Advanced Research Skills
10:00-10:30:  Keeping Up With New Research
11:00-Noon:  Data Analysis at Your Fingertips: Using Google Sheets
1:00-1:30: The Logic of Citations: Understanding MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles
1:30-2:00:  Citation Chasing & Cited Reference Searching
2:00-2:30: Zotero In-Depth

The Basics of Graduate Research
What is a literature review, and what information do you need to begin one? Librarian Zach Elder will give you tips on how to begin your search, discover keywords, and narrow your topic. Save time and frustration by discovering how to find the right databases and resources for your discipline using GW Libraries’ tools.

Exploring Beyond Gelman: Advanced Research Skills
How do you know what research is out there? How can you discover what is available beyond the GW Libraries? Be sure with a comprehensive search of all published book literature using Worldcat. This workshop is best for disciplines that write books, especially the humanities and social sciences.

Keeping Up With New Research
A successful graduate student participates in the research conversation of their field. Librarian Debbie Bezanson will show you how to keep up with new research in your area of study. You'll learn how to set up journal table of contents alerts, search alerts, and identify key journals in your field.

Data Analysis at Your Fingertips: Using Google Sheets
Like other spreadsheet software, Google Sheets provides powerful tools for aggregating, analyzing, and visualizing data. This workshop covers core features of Sheets, including pivot tables and charts, as well as importing and sharing data.

The Logic of Citations: Understanding MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles
Are you baffled by how to cite your sources and why it is even necessary? This short workshop will clear up the confusion and help you understand the fundamentals of citation, as well as the particular expectations of the MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. Librarian Tolonda Henderson will discuss both print resources (books, journal articles, etc.) and digital resources (web pages, etc.).

Citation Chasing & Cited Reference Searching
How do you build on someone else's research? How do you find the research they used? Librarian Dorinne Banks will show you how to chase down those citations like a pro in this short workshop.

Zotero In-Depth
Once you've done all that research how do you keep track of it? Do you wish you had a way to keep all your citations in one place? Come learn about Zotero, "a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite and share your research sources."

If you can't make it to all of the sessions or need more information be sure to check out the research guide "What Graduate Students Need to Know."

Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water

American University News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 00:00
American University student Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath is pursuing an MFA in Film and Electronic Media with a concentration in Environmental and Wildlife filmmaking. She talks about her experience in COMM:568: Environmental and Wildlife Production.
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Moving from Dream to Reality

American University News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 00:00
Kent Wagner joined American University’s MFA program in the fall of 2015 planning to get a degree. Little did he know that the program he had joined would lead him to something much bigger.
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Out of the Box: Prince William County Historic Newspapers

George Mason University - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:20

If you love researching local history or old newspapers, you’ll want to check out the Prince William County Historic Newspapers. Our Special Collections Research Center recently finished processing this new collection given to the University Libraries by the Prince William County Library. The papers in the collection span the years 1851 through 1992 and contain many interesting articles (such as the one pictured on the left) and fun advertisements. Read SCRC’s story and visit the newly created finding aid to learn more.

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Find Love in a Not-So-Hopeless Place

American University News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 00:00
Emily Roseman Tillet expected to have a thrilling experience in the Washington Mentorship Program, worked towards her career, and she also found her husband.
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Student Promotes Airline's First Flights to Cuba

American University News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 00:00
AU MFA Film student Amberly Alene Ellis recently finished up an amazing gig with Alaska Airlines promoting its first flights to Cuba.
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Students Visit New National Museum of African American History and Culture

American University News - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 00:00
College of Arts and Sciences double-alum Lonnie Bunch (BA history ’74 and MA history ’76) is opening the doors of the Smithsonian’s newest and highly acclaimed museum to AU students.
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Alumna’s Sonic Jungle: Party with a Purpose

American University News - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 00:00
Angela Del Sol (SOC/BA ’13) is an entrepreneur, who describes herself as “a dreamer and seeker at heart.”
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Kogod Alumna Credits School for Professional Advancement

American University News - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 00:00
"Kogod helped me see the bigger picture [in my work]. The knowledge I gained in my graduate program really helped me grow professionally” –Julie Bloecher, MBA ‘10
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Going the Distance

American University News - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 00:00
The movie TRI follows an ordinary woman who goes on an extraordinary journey as she trains for a triathlon.
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Artists’ Book Open House: Nature & Discovery

George Mason University - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 13:17

Learn more about Mason Libraries’ Artists’ Book Collection! Students, faculty and staff are invited to an Artists’ Book Open House on March 1, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Special Collections Research Center, 2400 Fenwick. This month’s Open House features a selection of artists’ books related to the themes of nature and discovery. A guided conversation between two current Mason graduate students on the selected books, and their own artistic practices, will start at 6 p.m. Join us!

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Reflect on Black History Month with these Books, Films, & Music

American University News - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 00:00
Black History Month is a time of observance during which we reflect on the important people and events in African American history. Here at Bender Library, we spotlight the best selections in our collection to help further celebrate Black History Month.
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Profile: 2017 Reilly Award Winner Claire Barnett

American University News - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 00:00
Claire Barnett, the Founder and Executive Director of the Healthy Schools Network, has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 William K. Reilly Environmental Leadership Award.
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MA Student on Strategic Communication Program

American University News - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 00:00
Student Chandler Green says her experience in SOC's Strategic Communication MA Program has made her a more engaging writer and a stronger communicator.
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AU launches Breaking Bread initiative to promote inclusion and collaboration

American University News - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 00:00
The initiative supports “OneAU” community between faculty, staff, and students
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Success Beyond Kogod: Alumnus Reflects on 40 years in Business

American University News - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 00:00
Richard Green, BSBA ‘74, reflects on his successful career in real estate and how being a Kogod graduate in D.C. shaped his path.
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American University Alumni Filmmakers Shine in Festivals

American University News - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 00:00
Inspiring and telling films from AU School of Communication Alumni are being showcased at various film festivals throughout the country.
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Assistant Professor Khaldoun AbouAssi Receives Award for Public Affairs Research

American University News - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 00:00
“I am honored to be receiving this award that commemorates the long service and dedication of Professor Robert Cleary to American University,” said AbouAssi.
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