Library News

Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier is one of those library resources that people really enjoy to using for their research.  They love how easy it is to use, and its wide range of coverage.  Whatever your research topic might be, you will likely find relevant literature whether it is in the social sciences, humanities, general science, education, or multicultural topics.

There are nearly 8,000 journals indexed by Academic Search Premier, and over half of these provide the full text of articles.  There is also an option to limit your results to only full text, which allows you to either save or print articles.

If the full text is not available, don’t forget to click the little red “Find it at WU” button.  This button searches Willamette’s catalog for journals we have in print, and if we don’t have it an interlibrary loan option shows up (it takes 2-3 days to get an article through interlibrary loan).

A nice feature of this database is its ability to limit results to peer reviewed literature just by checking a box (what is peer-review?).  Did you know that 3,500 journals in Academic Search Premier are peer-reviewed?  That is nearly half of the journals!  So chances are very good that you will receive high quality information within your results.

Is Academic Search Premier limited to articles only?  No!  It also includes select newspapers, magazines, trade magazines, book reviews, and a number of books.

One of the most popular and least known functions of this resource is the citation tool (screen shot below).  When you click one of the titles, an option on the right appears for citing the item.  You can copy and paste or export the citation info into bibliography management software like RefWorks.

If you haven’t tried Academic Search Premier before, give it a shot.  We’re sure you’ll like it!

Contact John Repplinger (jrepplin@willamette.edu) comments or questions about this resource.

 

Curricular Innovation: Wendy Petersen Boring and Marshall Curry

Title: “Curricular Innovation: Sustainability as a Catalyst for Pedagogical Creativity and Institutional Change”

Presenters: Wendy Petersen Boring, Associate Professor of History and Marshall Curry, Senior, Sociology Major

Abstract:

What does it mean to teach with a focus that is simultaneously bio-regional and global? What might a place-based curriculum look like? What good ideas are out there for courses that cross multiple disciplines to address divergent problems, or engage significantly with community partners, or develop student’s ethical, civic preparation, personal growth and self direction? How can universities function as centers for public political discourse and catalysts for political action and social change?

This presentation, which grows out of research for our LARC project (2012), “Ritual, Sustainability and Community” and (Wendy’s) forthcoming book, Teaching Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences, aims to address these questions by surveying a range of pedagogical innovations across the country that fall under the rubric of “sustainability curriculum” Nationally, sustainability has begun functioning as a key innovator and instigator of systemic change across the university, causing a re-orientation of curriculum, research, pedagogy, university-community relationships, organizational change, policy, and institutional ethos. Sustainability curricular projects are on the cutting edge of pedagogical innovation, including project-based learning, place-based pedagogy, transformational learning, and partnerships with community, business, and non-profit partners. Integrating sustainability into the liberal arts provides a particularly compelling opportunity to integrate theory and practice into the liberal arts in a way that addresses increasing need for curriculum relevance, salience, and practicability.

Date/Time: Friday March 1, 2013, 3:00 PM
Location: Hatfield Room, Hatfield Library

Africa Week 2013 Display

Throughout the month of February, the Hatfield Library will display a collection of books and films — and a list of resources — for students interested in African culture.  These are some snapshots of the display that is currently on display on the first floor of the library.  All of the library resources can be checked out from this display!

For more images of this display, visit our Facebook page.

Faculty Colloquium: Altman on Myosins

Title: “Regulation of the Motor Protein Myosin in the Cell”

Presenter: David Altman, Assistant Professor of Physics

Abstract:

Generation of force is critical for many processes in the cell. Central to these processes are molecular motors, biomolecules capable of creating directed motion. My lab studies myosins, a molecular motor family with members implicated in processes including muscle contraction, trafficking of cargo in the cell, and cell motility. Specifically, we seek to understand how the complex cellular environment regulates these motors. To this end, we study both purified myosins outside the cell as well as myosin motors within their cellular niche. This approach requires us to probe myosin activity at a variety of sizes and in systems of varying complexity. For example, we study both the small-scale motions (one-billionth of a meter) of individual motors, as well as the relatively large motions (one-thousandth of a meter) of ensembles of myosins in muscle fibers. In this talk, I will describe some of these studies and discuss how our results are beginning to reveal important factors in the regulation of myosins in the cell.

Date/Time: Friday March 8, 2013, 3:00 PM
Location: Hatfield Room, Hatfield Library