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Entries from March 2013

Hugo Chávez

March 27, 2013 · Leave a Comment

With the recent passing of Hugo Chávez, I thought I would write up a post about library resources about him and his presidency. One thing to keep in mind while searching these is that different resources use different forms of his name. So if you’re not finding much with just “Hugo Chávez” try “Hugo Chávez Frías” or even “President Chávez,” which brought up the best results in International Political Science database for me.

First, we have over 100 books about him from a wide variety of perspectives. The Washington Research Library Consortium has a few more, all of which are free for Georgetown users to borrow.

For scholarly articles in Spanish about him, I recommend using the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) and Redalyc from UNAM. Both contain excellent articles about him, again from a variety of perspectives.

Finally, for primary resources about Chávez, check World Scholar: Latin America & and the Caribbean (use the “More” drop-down menu as well) and Latin American Newsstand for articles from about the last ten years or so.

Of course my suggestions are merely that, suggestions, so feel free to search any source, you never know what you may stumble across. The best searches are more like a treasure hunt that takes some time instead of a quick Google-style search; the results are more important than the process.

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E-book conundrum (quick post)

March 26, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Here at Lauinger, we have been adding more and more e-books to our collection, but maintaining them is a different story. Of course publishers want to make money, yet we have to balance this with the fact that libraries want to provide as much access to materials as they can, irrespective of format. This article, although it deals with a public library*, does a good job summarizing the issues facing libraries regarding e-books, although is quite applicable to full-text article access as well.

*Nothing against public libraries at all, I’m a huge fan. But their needs are different, if not even more complicated, than academic libraries.

PS: I found this article via the excellent Library Link of the Day.

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Interesting piece on the future of peer review (quick post)

March 20, 2013 · Leave a Comment

I just came across this interesting article about the future of peer review and its relation to open access here. More soon about an interesting collection I visited at the Catholic University of America the other day, and also a new website from the University of Pittsburgh. Have a good day!

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¡Papa argentino!

March 13, 2013 · Leave a Comment

The Vatican has announced that the newest Pope is Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. I did a few quick initial searches on him in our databases, and I had some luck in the Hispanic American Periodicals Index, featuring him as an author. I will dig around some more over the next few days, but I thought HAPI had some interesting stuff as a starting point.

Happy Wednesday!

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Quick post: Article from the Chronicle

March 7, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Yesterday during the “slushquester,” I came across this article about students’ reticence to study abroad. Very interesting, and I am curious to see if there are some good Internet resources available for students, especially for funding.

In my own experience, I wanted to study abroad for a year, but ended up only going for a summer because the year was just too expensive. It was still great, but of course the year-long program would have been ideal. I wonder if I had more information at hand, I would have been able to go.

I will post links here and perhaps on my research guides as I come across them.

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