Library News - Sociology

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Ebrary - specific page linking

It is possible to link to a specific page in an Ebrary title (say a specific chapter start page). If you access any given title you can simply copy the URL from the Address Bar in your browser. You'll notice however that the URL never changes, regardless of what page you view. To access a specific page with the URL, simply add the following to the end of the URL: &page=xx where xx is the page number.

So for instance this title (Elementary number theory in nine chapters) has the following URL:

To go to page 47, simply make the URL say this:

PAIS Archive Added

The PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) archive adds content from 1915 to 1976 and provides historical perspective on many of the 20th century's public and social policies. Includes over one million references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, and statements.

Subjects include:
  • Atomic Age
  • China's cultural revolution
  • Civil rights movement
  • Cold War
  • Communism, Socialism, Nationalism
  • Great Depression
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Korean War
  • McCarthyism
  • Prohibition
  • Religion and public schools
  • Space exploration
  • United Nations and League of Nations
  • Vietnam conflict
  • Watergate
  • Women's movement
  • World Wars I and II

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Request for Participants - Library Website Usability Testing

The Library launched its new website in September of this year. We are now doing some usability testing to measure whether or not we go it right. We are looking for undergraduates, grad students and faculty to participate. Testing will take approximately 1 hour and sessions will be run during the week of November 28-December 2. Details are below:

Request for Participants: University Library Website Usability Study

The University Library will be conducting a usability study of the Library website, and is looking for volunteers to participate in this study.

How long with the study take?
The study will take one hour of your time.

What will be expected of me if I participate in this study?
You’ll be asked several questions about your use of, and opinions of the current Library website. You’ll also be asked several questions that require you to search the University Library website for specific kinds of information. While you search, you’ll be asked to “think aloud”, verbalizing your thought processes. Note that this is a study of the usability of the Library website, not a test of your knowledge or skill level.

Where and when does the study take place?
The study will be held in the MacKimmie Library Link, Room 102, from November 28th to December 2nd 2005.

How do I benefit?
All participants will receive a $20.00 voucher to add funds to their Campus Cards.

If you are interested in participating, please contact:

Justine Wheeler
Business Library
Phone: 220-4410

New Online Tutorial to Teach Students How to Approach Library Research

We have just launched a new online tutorial, Web-based Information Search Process for Research (WISPR) in the Library. This modular tutorial is designed to assist students through the entire process of finding information, from topic selection all the way through to ending their search. We have incorporated multimedia features, tools, and activities to keep users engaged as they progress through the six phases. A generic version of the tutorial is available on the library website at

Librarians can also customize the tutorial to be used in a specific course or discipline. The exercises, examples, and particular tools can be selected to suit an assignment or subject area. For more information, or to have WISPR tailored for one of your classes, contact Shauna or Chris