Archive for January, 2018

You Said: What Happened to the Start Times for Library Study Room Bookings?

January 29, 2018

You Said:
Recently the times for the group study rooms changed from being on the half hour and the hour to every quarter hour. As a student these time frames do not correlate nicely with class schedules. I was hoping it could be changed back or if there was a reason for the change in the first place. Thank you.

You Also Said:
Recently the times for booking rooms in the library have changed from being on the half hour and hour mark and is now on the quarter hour mark. I find this does not work well with the times classes run at RDC.

We Said:
Thank you for your feedback. The change in start times for our group study room bookings (from on the :00 and :30 marks, to on the :15 and :45 marks) was an unexpected result of a software upgrade that occurred over the Christmas break. We are unable to revert back to :00 and :30 at this time, but are actively working with the vendor to fix this issue – hopefully that won’t take too long. Please continue to bear with us; sorry for the inconvenience.

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New Search Engine Options

January 11, 2018

As I was catching up on my reading over Christmas, I came across this Wired article talking about search engines and how they can help you get to the full text of an article.

For a couple of years now we’ve been directing you to check Google Scholar for your article before you order it in through interlibrary loan (though you’re still welcome to order it if it’s not available).  But this article introduced me to a few new options: Microsoft Academic and Semantic Scholar.

Conducting the same search using all three tools yielded some interesting differences in results, and Google Scholar provides by far the most hits, but the other two have some fun features: Microsoft Academic lets you quickly filter by field of study and Semantic Scholar provides a nice graphic of results by year.

Check them out, and see if you like what they can do for you.