The Library’s collection continues to grow with the addition of five new databases. These new additions represent several fields of study and include a fantastic multidisciplinary video collection.
All recently added databases are currently highlighted on our Databases A-Z page, just look for the New/Trial Databases box on the right-hand side.
Looking for a way to improve your searching in the library databases? Take a look at the subject-specific thesaurus located within the databases to find a list of terms related to your topic. Use this database thesaurus option to brainstorm keywords related to your topic and build better subject searches.
For example, Business Source Complete is a business-specific subject database and its thesaurus includes subject terms in the business field. Subject terms are created by the database vendors using article content. Therefore, you can use the subject terms found in the thesaurus to create targeted searches on terms you want to find in research articles.
If you are unsure of what term to use when creating a search, use the database thesaurus to help you find subject terms related to the topic you are searching. Then create a search using these terms and limit to the “subject” or “subject term” field. When using the thesaurus, you are able to search for terms and add Boolean terms (AND, OR, NOT) to create a search directly from the thesaurus.
Next time you are stuck on a search, use the thesaurus inside the databases to help you brainstorm and create more targeted searches using terms and language found within the articles of that database.
Want more direction using this the thesaurus tool? Check out the following:
If you have a doctoral student who is struggling with research, information literacy, or any other library related skill, please fill out the Student Referral Form. We will reach out to the student and do our best to assist them.
Is there a research topic you feel your students are struggling with? Or an assignment that requires intense and in depth research? Perhaps there's a resource that students are struggling to navigate? Please provide us with some suggestions for library lab topics you'd like to see us cover and we'd be happy work with you to create it.
Housed in the Brooklyn Art Library, The Sketchbook Project is a crowd-sourced library that contains sketchbooks contributed by people from around the world. The project got its start in Atlanta, Georgia in 2006 and moved to New York City in 2009. You can view sketchbooks at the Brooklyn Art Library, online in their digital library or catch their mobile library tour.
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During 2018, the liaison librarians will be doing an in-depth review of the first two courses that students take in each program at the masters and doctoral levels. For many programs, this includes a Foundations course such as Foundations in Doctoral Studies.
Many students find these first courses challenging as they adjust to returning to school and to meeting the expectations from their programs at Walden. During the review of the first courses liaisons will be looking for opportunities to build student’s information literacy skills at the beginning of their programs so these skills can continue to develop throughout their coursework. As these opportunities are discovered, liaisons will then identify the best way to teach these information literacy skills and ways to incorporate this learning into the courses.
We would love to hear from faculty about their foundations and first courses. Our goal is to partner with faculty so we can deliver library content that will benefit the students, while maintaining flow with existing course content. We will be reaching out to many of you as we review these courses during the year and you can always reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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