Find recent news about Japan in LexisNexis Academic with two new index terms

From the LexisNexis Academic wiki’s Tip of the Week:

“Did you know you can get up-to-date news coverage about Japan in LexisNexis Academic?

LexisNexis Academic has added two new index terms to make it easier for you to access continuing news coverage of the Japan’s nuclear disaster following the earthquake and tsunami. To find news stories about Japan’s disaster, choose one of the following New Index Terms:

* March 2011 Japan Nuclear Disaster

* March 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Click on the Power Search form and then “Subject” in the “Add Index Terms” section. Click the “Find” Radio button and type in “March 2011 Japan”. If you need more help searching the index, click here to use our guide.

For more information on the Japanese disasters, search the Japan Times, the oldest English-language paper in Japan.

Tip Jar Post #13: Get That Bibliography Done Fast!

We all know the feeling. You’re exhausted, you’ve just written the final sentence of your paper and feelings of relief and accomplishment take over you. Then, you get the sinking feeling you’re forgetting something. You are: your bibliography!

But, don’t let your bibliography get you down, man. Put away that sixth energy drink for next week and instead use a citation manager that’ll help take the guesswork and stress out of creating a list of cited sources. We have more than a few to choose from depending on the type of research you’re conducting.  This means easily citing traditional resources such as books and journal articles, as well as websites, images, interviews, videos and more. Each of the citation tools offer the standard citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian); one or more even offer integration with Microsoft Word or other word processing software. And best of all, most of them are free.

Tips:

  • Choose the best citation manager for your project, using the grid that compares different citation tools. That way, you don’t get bogged down trying to learn a new tool if you don’t need to!
  • Make sure you know what citation style your professor wants before starting your bibliography. While many will let you change halfway through, who wants to spend extra time on formatting if you can be napping?

More resources:

Tip Jar Post #12: Follow That Citation

Two students freak out over the finding a citation while attending a raging college party

You’re hot on the trail of a really awesome journal article and the only thing standing between you and that article is to actually, um, find it.   You may know how to find articles that mention your topic, but how to find a particular article without wasting half the evening trying to figure out which database it’s in? Sure, you could Google it, but then it brings up all sites that charge you $20 for an article. Now what? Simple: use the journal and article title to guide you on your scavenger hunt.  It can sometimes be tricky, so don’t let it drag you down. If you need help, just ask!

Helpful links:

Libraries’ Fair on the PCL Plaza! Wednesday, April 13, 11:30-1:30

Do you like cotton candy?

Do you like games?

Do you have questions about the University of Texas Libraries?

If you answered yes to any one of those questions, you should join us outside on the PCL Plaza (21st and Speedway) on Wednesday, April 13 for the University of Texas Libraries’ Fair. The fun starts at 11:30am and continues until 1:30pm.

Each of the University of Texas Libraries will host a table, with some offering games you can play to win an assortment of prizes.

A preview of just some of the fun that awaits you:

– Want to impress everyone with how well-read you are? Stop by the PCL Table and play our Guess the Author game!

– Have a real eye for architectural details? See the friendly folks at the Architecture and Planning Library table for some visual architecture trivia.

– Interested in trying out some new technology? Our Technology Integration Services staff will have an iPad and other technologies we’re using to improve library services available for demos.

Free cotton candy and games for all, all in celebration of Research Week. We hope to see you there!