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Text Mining Workshop: A Hands-on Exploration

What is “distant reading”? What is “computational analysis” or “algorithmic analysis”? What types of things can be revealed through “text mining” and what might a “visualization” of these discoveries look like? As texts move online, new ways to use them are starting to emerge. Scholars in the humanities are already embracing new methods of inquiry in their traditional fields.

Join us on March 18th at 2 pm in Olin 106G for a dedicated hands-on exploration using machine algorithms and visualization. Bring your curiosity and your questions – no technical background is required.

We will explore challenges inherent to this methodology and strategies to address them. Questions and discussion are encouraged and skeptics are welcome. If there is enough interest, we will set up consultations to explore tools in an informal setting at a later date.

Lynda.com, An Online Video Tutorials & Training Database

Lynda.com is a constantly growing library of more than 1400 courses and 82,000 videos in streaming video format, and new material is added every week. Courses are offered at different skill levels in over 140 specialties. Subjects covered range from 3D + Animation; Audio; Business including Office and Google software; Design; Developer; Photography and Video; and Web and social media. Videos use screenshots, narration, live action, smart boards, charts and graphics, audio and include captioning.

This database requires an extra step to log in with your Cornell credentials.  Here is the catalog link to Lynda.com.  Here are the special log in instructions: http://www.it.cornell.edu/services/lynda/howto/.

If you have any issues accessing any videos, Ask a Librarian.

Research Consultations Available for In-Depth Research Questions

Do you need help locating resources for your dissertation or thesis?  Do you have specific questions on how to tailor Zotero to your research needs?  Would you like to meet with your subject librarian?

Consider filling out a research consultation form: https://www.library.cornell.edu/research/consultation .

Whenever possible, requests will be responded to within two business days by librarians who will schedule an appointment with you. If you need assistance more quickly, Ask a Librarian.

Why Getting Involved Matters: Wikipedia Editing Workshop

Interested in becoming a Wikipedian and improving the open educational content of this online encyclopedia? Join us on February 26th from 12 pm to 1 pm for an Introduction to Wikipedia Editing.

The first thirty minutes of this class will be a short introduction to how Wikipedia works, why getting involved in it matters, and an overview of the basics of editing for new and beginning editors.

The introduction will be followed by a hands-on editing session. You don’t have to be an expert to contribute – just bring your questions and topics that you’re interested in working on to start.

Olin and Uris February Break Hours

Olin Library schedule (from February 14th – February 16th )

Saturday the 14th: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday the 15th: 12 PM – 6:00 PM
Monday the 16th: 8 AM – 6PM
Regular hours begin again on Tuesday, February 17th at 8 AM

Uris Library schedule (from February 14th – February 16th)

Saturday the 14th: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday the 15th: 12 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday the 16th: 8 AM – 5PM
Regular hours begin again on Tuesday, February 17th at 8 AM

For more details on hours for library services, please visit this page.

What is Zotero?

 

Zotero is a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze citations and sources such as pdfs and Web sites, and then share the results of your research.

It’s open source and free.

It’s one of a number of citation and information managers. (Cornell Library’s comparison chart)

Olin and Uris Libraries is offering a number of Zotero workshops this spring:

Get a preview of our workshops and an introduction to Zotero by viewing a WebEx recording from 1/28/15 (52 min).

Featured Libguide: Government, Comparative Government, International Relations, and Political Theory

Subject expertise from Cornell University Librarians is available 24 hours a day through Library Guides. These guides, which provided curated lists of resources on a variety of subjects, classes, and skills, can be found from the front page of the Cornell Library website.

Guides

Today’s featured guide, Government, Comparative Government, International Relations, and Political Theory, was created by Reference & Instruction Librarian and Government Department Liaison, Lynn Thitchener

If you still have questions, or prefer to contact us in person or via email, phone or chat: Ask a Librarian.

 

Portable DVD Drives Now Available at Olin and Uris Circulation Desks

We are now circulating portable DVD drives that connect to our Dell and Mac laptops via a USB cable . There are 5 available at each library.  They have a 3 hour loan period.

 

Get Started with Library Research at Cornell

Join us on February 9th at 12 pm for a small group, hands-on workshop, and learn to navigate through electronic articles, databases, and citation management tools. We will show you tips for improving research efficiency, how to search for citations, when and how to request items through Interlibrary Loan, and introduce ways to keep track of the research you find. Get the most out of your research time!

Please register in advance.

 

Book Talk: Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979

Join us on February 5th at 4:30 pm in Olin Library 107 for a Chats in the Stacks book talk with Andrew Mertha, professor of government and director of the China and Asia Pacific Studies Program at Cornell. His new book, Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979 (Cornell University Press, March 2014), offers an account of how domestic bureaucratic politics shaped Beijing’s influence in Cambodia during the 1970s.

Buffalo Street Books will offer books for purchase and signing. Light refreshments served.

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