Archive for September, 2018

Borrow Your Textbook from the Library

September 14, 2018

New this Fall, the Library has purchased select textbooks for students to borrow. We recognize the financial burden of purchasing textbooks and hope that this helps ease the load for some students.

Since we can’t purchase every textbook for every class offered at RDC, these are the criteria we consider:

  • high cost (over $100)
  • first-year or introductory course
  • large enrollment

Textbooks on a shelf
(more…)

Advertisements

Peer Review Week

September 10, 2018

Welcome back, and happy September! We’re kicking things off this year by marking Peer Review Week (yes, there is such a thing).

Peer review is an evaluation process where scholarly writing (like journal articles and books) are screened for quality and accuracy before they’re published.  Check out the “What Does ‘Peer Reviewed’ Mean?” section of our How to Research guide for a more detailed explanation.

While peer review is the standard method of evaluation for scholarly writing, it is not without problems.  This year, the chefs at The Scholarly Kitchen (the official blog of the Society for Scholarly Publishing) are exploring way to make the peer review process more diverse (in previous years they and others have looked at issues around transparency in the process and recognition for the work).

Something to think about the next time you use the “peer-reviewed only” limiter in one of our databases…