Like the forever stamp, one of your library services stays with you, at the same price (free) forever.
One of the many tools VCU Libraries provides students is RefWorks. This web-based citation management tool stores citation and reference information in personal databases. The individual can manage references in folders for individual topics, courses, grants or collaborative projects. It automatically generates bibliographies in various formats (MLA, APA, Chicago).
All VCU-affiliated users who have VCU and/or MCVH-VCU email accounts may set up free accounts.
If you have a RefWorks account, your references are yours forever. Whether you go onto graduate school at another institution or go into the workplace, you can still have access to your references via the RefWorks Alumni Program. You can continue to use RefWorks to manage research materials of all kinds--whether you are in school or on the job.
Members of the class of 2013: Remember to set up a RefWorks Alumni account before graduation to continue to have this benefit of your VCU Libraries relationship.
Details about the RefWorks Alumni Program
Students, faculty and staff with RefWorks accounts who leave VCU may continue to have access to RefWorks through the RefWorks Alumni Program. As a participant in the program, you receive:
- One free RefWorks account
- New updates and feature releases
- 200 MB of file attachment storage
- Use of RefShare to share your folder(s) or account
- Free Web-based training
- Technical support from RefWorks staff
To request participation in the RefWorks Alumni Program, submit an Ask Us email or contact your RefWorks administrator:
Arendt and Roseberry will work closely with science departments in the College of Humanities and Sciences, the School of Engineering, VCU Life Sciences, and colleagues on the MCV Campus to meet teaching and research needs of faculty and students in the sciences and engineering. They will collaborate with teaching faculty and colleagues in the VCU Libraries to develop and deliver course-integrated instructional content, as well as extend research consultation services and provide customized, discipline-specific research assistance. They also will help develop the print and digital reference collections supporting the sciences and engineering, and will work closely with colleagues at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences to meet the needs of faculty and students in sciences and engineering throughout the university community.
Arendt (right) brings a foundation of experience to her new role with the VCU Libraries. As science and engineering reference librarian at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, she was liaison to several departments including mechanical engineering and energy processes, chemistry, physics and psychology. She provided specialized reference services, discipline-specific information literacy instruction and online content. Arendt also taught a course on information literacy and use of the library. She holds a B.S. in chemistry and psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan.
Roseberry (left) brings strong background in science to her new role with the VCU Libraries. Her experience includes co-authoring an article published in the International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos and work as a research assistant as part of the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates. While working at a practicum at Oberlin College's Science Library, she produced an extensive collection of subject guides as part of a transition to Subject Plus and assisted with library instruction for biology students. Roseberry holds a B.A. in physics from the College of Wooster and Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University.
VCU Libraries joins scholarly colleagues globally in marking Open Access Week, Oct. 22 - 26. This international observance promotes free access to academic research. It encourages academic
publishers to make research available online for free, increasing its reach for
students, researchers and the public.
Open Access Week is sponsored by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition and has participants in almost 100 countries. A self-described catalyst for action, SPARC is made up of some 225 academic and research library members that promote easier and more affordable sharing of scholarship. According to its mission statement: "SPARC believes that faster and wider sharing of outputs of the research process increases the impact of research, fuels the advancement of knowledge, and increases the return on research investments. ... Its pragmatic agenda focuses on collaborating with other stakeholders to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication norms, practices and policies that leverage the networked digital environment, expand the dissemination of research findings and reduce financial pressures on libraries."
To reduce barriers to the access, sharing and use of scholarship, the organization's strategy is to educate people about the problems facing scholarly communication, to advocate for policy changes and dissemination of scholarship as an essential component of the research process and to help develop new publishing models that benefit society.
Take a moment during this week to learn more about Open Access publishing.
- VCU Libraries research guide
- VCU Libraries Faculty Organization statement on Open Access
- The Index of Christian Art catalogs art found within a broadly defined Christian context. In its digital form, the index contains some 80,000 full-text records and more than 100,000 images dating from 30 CE to 1550 CE. Founded in 1917 and continuously updated, this resource is maintained by Princeton University.
"Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive" (SAS) traces the history and ongoing cultural impact of slavery. It provides access to thousands of full-text primary source documents and archival records, including those from:
- The American Missionary Association Archives from 1839-1882;
- The Office of the Secretary of the Interior Relating to the Suppression of the African Slave Trade from 1854-1872;
- Amistad Research Center in New Orleans covering the array of documents related to one of the most important slave rebellions and trials in American and world history.
Ultimately millions of pages of information will be available in SAS,
letting VCU researchers search across all documents in each part in one
seamless interface, according to Kevin D. Farley, Ph.D., assistant professor and collection librarian for the humanities. "The
result will be unexpected and important contributions to the scholarly
dialogue about American slavery and its local and global ramifications."
The database now consists of Part I, "Debates over Slavery and Abolition," and Part II, "Slave Trade in the Atlantic World." Two additional sections are being developed: Part III, "Institution of Slavery," and Part IV, "Age of Emancipation."
The online collection includes a small group of images, including the woodcut shown above of Underground Railroad leader and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. And, this rare photograph of two young American slave boys, mid-19th century.
How to access VCU Libraries databases:
- VCU students, faculty and staff can access the database through either the A to Z Guide to Databases or using this link, http://library.vcu.edu/search/1158 from any computer with a VCU IP address.
- Off-campus, VCU users must first log into myVCU, then go to the VCU Libraries home page, click on Databases and drill down the database you want. Or go directly to http://library.vcu.edu/search/1158
- If you are not a member of the VCU academic community, you can gain access to databases on campus by joining the Friends of the Library.
As of April 1, 2012, Scifinder Scholar can be accessed by unlimited simultaneous users.
The operating hours remain the same and are:
- Sunday 1 p.m. until Saturday 10 p.m.
- On the first Saturday of each month, Scifinder Scholar will be available until 5 p.m. and will not be accessible again until 1p.m. the following Sunday.
On Friday, March 30, from 3 to 4 p.m. VCU Libraries presents a workshop for faculty (but open to all) entitled "Open Access Scholarly Publishing for Faculty."
The workshop will be conducted by Dan Ream, VCU librarian and past president of the VCU Faculty Senate.
As journal subscription costs have increased dramatically, fewer and fewer libraries can afford every journal that is needed, including some that are considered prestigious and essential. Faculty worldwide, especially in the sciences, but also increasingly in the social sciences and humanities, have responded by creating and publishing their research in open access, peer-reviewed journals that charge no fee to their readers.
Faculty senates from Harvard to Berkeley to the University of Virginia have endorsed open access publishing for their faculty.
This one-hour session will introduce faculty to this revolution in publishing of open access, peer-reviewed journals and demonstrate how to locate them in almost any discipline, as well as discuss the potential benefits of worldwide free access to faculty research. Options for faculty retention of copyright will also be discussed.
This workshop will be held in library classroom/lab 319 on the third floor of James Branch Cabell Library. No advance registration is necessary. Address questions to Dan Ream, or call 828-6545 for more information.
In concert with libraries and universities worldwide, VCU Libraries marks Open Access Week Oct. 24-30. This global event, now in its fifth year, promotes open access as the new norm in scholarship and research.
Virginia Commonwealth University is one of more than 200 North American members of SPARC and VCU Libraries endeavors to promote faculty and student awareness of copyright retention options and how scholarly work can be published in peer-reviewed journals that allow anyone free access to VCU scholars' work. Through open-access publishing, VCU faculty and students can better share with the world our research and scholarly work.
Recent examples of the VCU community's work with open-access publishing include these.
- VCU Libraries membership in Hindawi Publishing, which enables all VCU faculty a complete waiver of authors' fees when publishing in any of their 300+ peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of academic disciplines. Here is a list of VCU faculty who have recently published in Hindawi journals.
- The VCU Faculty Senate in December, 2010 passed a resolution endorsing open-access publishing, encouraging that "VCU Promotion and Tenure committees should recognize that publication and editorial effort in open access, peer-reviewed journals or republication of peer-reviewed articles in an open access repository offers added value and greater public good than scholarship made only available in expensive journal publications."
- The Center for Teaching Excellence posted a podcast with VCU librarian Dan Ream about peer-reviewed open-access publishing;
- Dr. Jonathan Becker, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, led an October, 2010 CTE Brown Bag Lunch conversation (archived here) entitled "Publishing 2.0:Open Access, Digital Scholarship and Public Intellectualism."
- VCU librarian Dan Ream spoke on copyright retention and open access publishing at the Oct. 11, 2011 VCU Presidential Inauguration Research Lecture Series at the Larrack Center.
On Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 at 1 p.m. VCU librarian Dan Ream will offer a one-hour presentation on Open-Access Scholarly Publishing for VCU faculty, students, and staff. This event is also open to the general public.
Currently a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, Feshbach has donated his papers to VCU Libraries.
The collection includes some 23 linear feet of papers, including research and teaching materials from the later part of the 20th century. The papers are in Russian and English, and cover Feshbach's research into the population, health and environmental crises of the Soviet Union and Russia. In addition to the papers, Feshbach donated approximately 400 books and statistical volumes, including materials from the Soviet and Russian census. Many items in the collection are unique and out-of-print, including personal correspondence with Soviet and Russian researchers and government officials, representing a priceless resource to scholars and policy analysts world-wide.
Feshbach's research in the demographics of the Soviet Union--the health and welfare of its people--offered insight into the closed society of the USSR during the tumultuous years of the Cold War. He retired from government service in 1981, some 10 years before the collapse of the Soviet Union and before Gorbachev, perestroika and glasnost. He was a research professor at Georgetown University until 2000 when he retired as professor emeritus. He continues to publish and consult with government agencies, both in the United States and around the world.
His prominent scholarship combines an intriguing educational background: Feshbach studied history at Syracuse University, holds a master's degree in diplomatic history from Columbia University, and earned his doctorate in economics at American University.
The Feshbach Collection strengthens holdings at VCU that focus on recent U.S. history and support teaching and research by VCU faculty in related fields. President emeritus Dr. Eugene Trani, who retired in 2008, published extensively on 20th century Russian history, and Dr. Judy Twigg in VCU's Wilder School is an internationally recognized expert in health and demographics of contemporary Russia. According to Twigg, "Murray is the undisputed global authority on matters related to human capital in the former Soviet Union and Russia. He has served as a mentor to so many of us who strive to emulate his meticulous data collection and analysis. The donation of these materials is just one example of Murray's continual intellectual and personal generosity, and it's an honor for VCU to benefit from it."
VCU Libraries, serving the Monroe Park Campus and the MCV Campus, offers major new collections of e-resources (e-books, streaming audio, streaming video, and databases).
- Eighteenth Century Collections Online
- Methods in Enzymology
- New England Journal of Medicine
- American History in Video
- Classical Scores Library
- Classical Music Reference Library
- African American Music Reference
- Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
- Berg Fashion Library
- International Bibliography of Art
- The Left Index
- Alternative Press Index
- Index Islamicus
- Access Medicine
- Access Science
- Access Engineering
- Material Connexion
- SPIE Digital Library
- Grzimek's Animal Life encyclopedia
- Underground Comics & Graphic Novels
- World News Collection
- LWW Nursing Health Assessment Video Series