Library News - Sociology

Thursday, February 22, 2007

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)

Just a reminder about the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) database available through the UofC.

"The NCJRS is published by the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice's National Criminal Justice Reference Service, an information clearinghouse for people around the U.S. and the world involved with research, policy, and practice related to criminal and juvenile justice, and drug control. The NCJRS Abstracts Database contains summaries of over 174,000 U.S. and international publications, including federal, state, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, audiovisual presentations, and unpublished research. "

Major areas of coverage include:
  • Alternatives to Incarceration
  • Community Involvement
  • Correctional Facility Design
  • Corrections
  • Corrections Technology
  • Crime Mapping
  • Court Management
  • Courts
  • Crime Deterrence and Prevention
  • Criminal Justice Statistics
  • Criminology
  • Defense Technology
  • Domestic Preparedness
  • Drug Policy
  • Forensic Technology
  • Human Resource Development
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Law Enforcement
  • Police Training
  • Probation and Parole
  • Program Evaluation, Policy and Planning
  • Restorative Justice
  • Substance Abuse
  • Terrorism/Counter Terrorism
  • Victims of Crime

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

RefWorks - web-based bibliographic software

RefWorks is:
  • Web-based software that saves, organizes and manages your sources of information
  • A personal database of your research results, accessible online
  • A collaborative tool that can be shared with other students and faculty
  • A tool to help you create your bibliography
  • Free to University of Calgary students, staff and faculty
  • Easy to use
  • RefWorks is brought to you through the generous support of the Student's Union.

Walk-up sessions are available and faculties and departments can set-up classes upon request. For assistance, please email.

Increase Your Publication Exposure: Add an article to D-space

Have you considered adding your publications, presentations, research and other academic work to the University of Calgary Institutional Repository? Did you know that the UofC repository is captured by Google Scholar and Scopus, thereby increasing the exposure of your work?

For more information about making your publications available, contact Shawna Sadler

An institutional repository (IR) is a digital collection of a university's intellectual output. Institutional repositories centralize, preserve, and make accessible the knowledge generated by academic institutions. They also form part of a larger global system of repositories, which are indexed in a standardized way and searchable using one interface, providing the foundation for a new model of scholarly publishing.

Goal of the Institutional Repository at the University of Calgary
Libraries and Cultural Resources and Information Technologies support research and teaching at the University and, in particular, preserve and make publicly available the University's record of scholarly information by populating it's Institutional Repository. Our repository will foster open access to the research output of the University and research across Southern Alberta. The repository, using a software package called DSpace, will provide for a variety of document types and file formats. The project team will provide the platform, advise on workflow and metadata requirements, and ensure long-term preservation and access to the materials.

Taylor Family Digital Library

Here is the official announcement of the Taylor Family Digital Library (formerly known as the Calgary Campus Digital Library) from December 8, 2006.

"The new Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL) will begin construction in the fall of this year and it promises to be one of the most visionary concepts anywhere in the world. Building on the great success of the current Information Commons, the TFDL will be an energetic and welcoming facility where students, faculty, staff and members of the community can unite with information and each other – a physical and digital gathering place that supports in many ways the pursuit for understanding, creativity, innovation and knowledge.

The Taylor Family Digital Library embodies the library of the future where technology and information in all forms converge to better serve the information and learning needs of students, researchers, and members of the community. The TFDL will provide facilities to support the University’s move towards new approaches to teaching and learning and will be a springboard for e-learning across the province. "

Administrative Name Change for Library

If you missed the quiet announcement in December, the administrative unit known as Information Resources, which combined the Library, Museum, University Press, Image Centre, and the Archives, is now known as Libraries and Cultural Resources. The only impact this will have is the more descriptive name.