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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month!

The Kanopy streaming film database has curated a series of films celebrating  culture and film, which includes 105 titles found in the Hispanic Heritage Month Collection.    Any of these films can be used in classrooms, viewed by enrolled students, or added to Blackboard courses.

The official Hispanic Heritage Month organization’s website is also a great resource for primary source content, storytelling, image and film collections, and exhibits that have been organized around the country.  Visit www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov to explore!

Black History Month on Kanopy

To celebrate Black History month, we are highlighting a selection of Independent films, many exclusive to the Kanopy streaming video database, that tell the stories of extraordinary African American musicians whose talent has shaped today’s music industry.

Bayou Maharajah
This film explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who is described as, “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” This roller coaster portrait brings to life the unforgettable story of this amazing musician.

Continue reading Black History Month on Kanopy

Citation Management Platforms

As of May 26, 2017, Healey Library will no longer be providing access to RefWorks. For over a decade, RefWorks has been licensed by Healey Library as our primary citation management platform, but the time has come to replace it with more sophisticated, cost-free citation management tools such as Zotero and Mendeley.

Please do not worry if you are currently using RefWorks for an assignment or research project that will be completed before the end of the academic year. We will continue to support and provide access to RefWorks for the remainder of the academic year, so students, faculty, staff, and alumni are certainly welcome to continue to use it up until we discontinue our subscription on May 26, 2017. If you no longer use RefWorks, your account will be deleted, and no further action is needed.

The Library encourages you, however, to consider your options for adopting a new citation management platform. The Library is offering assistance during this transition as follows:

  • Librarians already have workshops available in selecting a citation manager as well as training in both Zotero and Mendeley. These workshops are available to all faculty, staff, and students and will be offered throughout the Spring semester as well.
  • Librarians have prepared online documentation to assist all community members in the transition from RefWorks.  You will find in this link clear instructions on how to export your reference library from RefWorks into another citation manager.  You will also find a comparison of different citation management programs to help you choose a new citation management platform to use.

Please contact Mary Moser, Deputy Manager for Outreach, Marketing, Fundraising, and Grants at mary.moser@umb.edu or 617.287.3207 with any questions, concerns, or feedback. Thank you for your patience and your continued support of Healey Library!

 

BrowZine

BrowZine is a web and mobile interface for scholarly journals available through the Healey Library. It consolidates thousands of journals from hundreds of publishers and delivers them to your mobile device or desktop. Rather than search databases for specific journal issues, BrowZine creates an experience similar to browsing a newsstand and reading a print journal.

BrowZine All Devices

The landing page provides the option to browse journals by subject or search by title. Each subject is organized into many subtopics. Users can browse large subject areas, like Education or drill down to specific subjects such as Emergency Nursing. Journals are listed alphabetically by default but they can also be sorted by journal rank, allowing you to explore the top journals your field. Ranking is determined by Scimago Journal Rank, which uses data from Scopus®. All the subjects and sorting options produce a permanent link in the address bar that can be bookmarked and shared.

The journal pages default to the most current issue and contain the table of contents. Journals can be added to your Bookshelf, which allows you to save and organize your favorite journals. On mobile devices, the articles are displayed seamlessly without the usual clutter. They can also be saved in your account. The web version links out to full text articles in databases and publisher websites. The ability to create reading lists for the web version is coming soon.

 

Curious about using Apps for teaching and research?

UMass Boston Librarians and Educational Technologists are offering hands-on workshops!  iPad Workshop Promotional Handout Spring 2016

Add mobile apps to your research tool kit. Attend 1…or all 5 iPad workshops and get hands-on experience with educational apps through engaging exercises aimed at exploring the potential of research apps.

Join Librarian Teresa Maceira and Adaptive Technology Specialist Matt McCubbin in this series of sessions covering a variety of apps for searching our databases, access e-journals and e-books, discover and organize online content, create quick and easy presentations, and learn about accessibility features on Apple devices.

Feel free to share this announcement with colleagues and students –the workshops are open to everyone!

DATES AND APPS:

  • Tuesday, February 16,  1:00-2:00pm
    Featured Apps: Browzine, Financial Times, RefME, Bluefire Reader
  • Tuesday, March 1, 10:00-11:00am
    Featured Apps:  PubMed, Gale Databases, EBSCOhost Databases, Census.gov
  • Wednesday, March 23, 3:00-4:00pm
    Featured Apps: Evernote, Dropbox, Pocket, and Flipboard
  • Thursday, April 7, 11:00am-12:00pm
    Featured Speaker: Matt McCubbin, Adaptive Technology Specialist
    Featured Apps: Voice Dream Reader and Apple iOS Assistive Technology Features
  • Monday, April 25, 12:00-1:00pm
    Featured Apps: Prezi, Educreations, Haiku Deck, Google Slides

LOCATION:

All workshops will be held in the Center for Library Instruction, Healey-04-015

TO REGISTER:

To register: IT Training Portal

SPONSORED BY:

University Libraries

Information Technology Learning Commons