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Movie Monday: Soaked in Bleach – The Death of Kurt Cobain

by Sarah Berry

Kanopy, a streaming video database of the Rohrbach Library, offers a slew of films, such as “Soaked in Bleach” to students.

“Soaked in Bleach” is a documentary that provides a new perspective on the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain through Tom Grant, a private investigator (and former detective) who was hired by Cobain’s wife, Courtney Love, days before Cobain’s death.

During his investigation, Grant’s experience with Love and his analysis of evidence led him to conclude that a substantial amount of empirical and circumstantial evidence suggested that Cobain’s death was not a suicide, as ruled by police, but instead involved foul play.

Featuring interviews with key witnesses and experts, “Soaked in Bleach” is worth watching. As well, the documentary includes cinematic re-creations, developing the film into what Kanopy calls a, “narrative mystery.”

Viewers can watch”Soaked in Bleach” by clicking here. If you are accessing Kanopy or any of the library’s databases off-campus, check out our post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus.

The Artwork of Rohrbach Library

by Sarah Berry

Throughout the year the Rohrbach Library hosts numerous art exhibits. Curated by Rhonda York, the displays often contain work by KU students, faculty, and staff.

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A map of the nine exhibits in Rohrbach Library

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Scopus added to the Rohrbach Library’s list of databases!

by Sarah Berry

The Rohrbach Library is pleased to announce the addition of the Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, from scientific journals to conference proceedings.

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An extensive multidisciplinary database, Scopus provides students and faculty access to over 21,000 titles, 7.2 million conference papers, and over 130,000 books from 5,000 publishers worldwide. Additionally, the database features tools for tracking, analyzing, and visualizing research.

With these tools, users can analyze their search results, providing them a unique insight into their search results or into a specific work.

For example, a user may select to analyze the search results by author to discover which authors are actively publishing and/or researching their work. In turn, users can decide to “follow” or even contact these individuals. To learn about more ways to analyze your search results, click here.

Check out Scopus today by heading to the library website. If you are accessing Scopus or any of the library’s databases off-campus, check out our post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus.

Open House Winners Announced!

pirateboothby Sarah ‘Buccaneer’ Berry

Fer’ ye scallywags who came to port for Rohrbach Library’s Open House and turned in yer’ orientation form by September 26, 2016 at 4 p.m., ye’ earned yourselves a chance at the library’s treasure chest.

If the anticipation be makin’ yer bones shiver, ye’ be happy to hear the captain and crew have drawn the names of the winners.

Keep readin’ to see if ye’ won yourself a prize.

 

Open House Winners

If yer’ name be on the list, report to Rohrbach Library to set sail with yer’ winnings.

Special thanks from the Rohrbach Library crew to Camillo’s and TommyBoy’s fer’ servin’ many a scallywag with fresh pizza, and to all our treasure chest contributors: SupercutsGiantOzgood’sDomino’sTommyBoy’sFirefly BookstoreGiannotti’sPaisley and CompanySecond Nature.

 

 

Free Trial of Ebrary’s Academic Collection – Available Now Through Dec. 31!

by Sarah Berry

Take advantage of Rohrbach Library’s semester-long trial of Ebrary’s Academic Collection. Now through December 31, 2016, students and faculty can access and download over 170,000 ebooks, most of which are scholarly, from leading publishers. With the trial, users have unlimited, multi-user access to the collection’s ebooks.

With its expansive catalog, users can download and read texts on learning another language, teaching techniques for educators, or to read a classic novel. Additionally, Ebrary’s advanced searches make it easy to find texts, allowing users to search by ISBN number, subject, document type, and more.

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To start browsing the collection, head to http://libguides.kutztown.edu/ebrary.

Remember, this trial is only available until December 31, 2016. Don’t miss out!

Try BrowZine: a NEW way to research through Rohrbach!

By Veronica Daub

News: The Rohrbach Library has just added BrowZine to its already extensive list of research resources. And, it’s going to change the way you look for online academic journals at Rohrbach!

It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the abundance of information available online. At times, this information tsunami makes it difficult to pinpoint a solid BrowZineLogo-FINAL COLORtopic or journal source for research. The dreaded search-box asks you what you’re looking for, and in many cases, you don’t know just yet. BrowZine has brought research into the 21st century by providing academic journals and articles in a “bookshelf-view” that omits the search-box venue of research. In addition to bringing academics to the modern age, not only can users experience BrowZine on their computers, but also on their tablets and smart phones. (In fact, it started as an app!)

Video: Watch this video for a preview of how easy BrowZine is to use:

On Trial at KU: Kutztown University has a trial subscription to BrowZine (including off-campus access) until December 31st. Try it! If you like it, please let Bob Flatley know at flatley@kutztown.edu. If we get enough interest, BrowZine could become a game changer in how we access our online research journals at KU starting in the spring semester.

Using BrowZine: The shelves are organized by subject, making it easy for thumbing through academic journals. Users can dive in and find what they’re searching for through browsing, rather than beginning with a search.

For example, I chose earth and environmental sciences. The next page brought me to a large, alphabetical shelf-view list of journals that covered the wide range of topics that fall under environmental sciences, such as aquaculture, ground-water monitoring, and sedimentation. Selecting a journal will bring you to a page similar to this (click image for a full view):

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Underneath the journal title on the left, you may select the year of publication, which will bring you to the respective list of volumes and issues. After selecting an issue, you will see a list of the journal’s content through different subheadings. Clicking on one will bring you to a document viewer that will provide both the abstract and full text.

BrowZine also has a “My Bookshelf” feature where you can file favorite articles and journals to view later, AND you can set it up to receive notifications when those journals are updated with new information. This way, BrowZine assures its users that they can stay on top of the constantly emerging information in their chosen field. BrowZine also makes sharing information as simple as a click; articles can be emailed, posted to Facebook or Twitter, or opened in other apps (when using a tablet) all through BrowZine.

Like it? Let us know!: We hope you like BrowZine. Again, please try it and get any feedback to Bob Flatley at flatley@kutztown.edu.

Noodletools is here to help with your next project!

by Veronica Daub

Starting this year, the Rohrbach Library has a subscription to NoodleTools, an extremely noodletoolsuseful tool for faculty and students across all majors. In order to sign up, those interested must click the link for NoodleTools located in the A-Z list of databases. You may click through the link, or find the page underneath ‘find information’ on the library’s website. Clicking through the KU-specific links will verify that the user is going through Kutztown’s subscription; going directly to the website outside of these links will not permit any user registration.

Logging In: Creating an account is the first step to using NoodleTools for your citations, bibliographies, and research. By entering NoodleTools through the KU links, you will be able to authenticate and create your own username and password for the site. After you register, you will use the login you create to re-enter in the future.

Setting up a Project: Once inside, you can begin with your first project. Hitting ‘new project’ brings you to a page with a list of options. The first option is for citation style: MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian. Your choice determines which handbook the site will follow when helping with your citations. The second set of choices determine the citation level; there’s starter, (six basic forms, equipped with an introduction to citing sources), junior (a set of simplified forms), and advancednoodletoolssignin (includes 70+ citation forms and comprehensive coverage of the style guidelines). Clicking ‘create new project’ will bring you to the project dashboard.

Research/Writing: At the top of the page, you may compose or edit a research question. Beneath that there is a text box for your thesis, main claim, and hypothesis.

Collaboration: There are options to share the project with a professor for collaboration or review. You can also add students for projects that are a collaborative effort.

Bibliography: The bibliography feature builds your work cited page as you build your project.

Notecards: NoodleTools features a notecard function that allows you to create notecards in the software. The notecard page offers many ways to organize your ideas, as you can see below.

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