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What is Dataverse?

New @ your library!

Dataverse is a research data platform and repository for sharing, discovering and preserving research data, offered to Carleton faculty and scholars in partnership with the ScholarsPortal service of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).

Key Benefits

  • Robust storage network: Ontario-hosted with long-term access and preservation in mind
  • Data management and access control: terms of use and access restrictions supported
  • Meet open access and dissemination requirements for research funders (e.g. SSHRC’s Research Data Archiving Policy)
  • Recognition and increased visibility:  share your data with a global research community
  • Impressive metadata standards support – with Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) coming in early 2016.

Read more about Dataverse.


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Are you wondering if the journal article you just found is from an “academic” source?  Are you looking for a scholarly or open access journal that might be interested in publishing the article that you just wrote?  Use UlrichsWeb to find out.

There is information on over 300,000 scholarly, trade, corporate, and government serials worldwide, and pointers to the publishers’ web sites for added detail.

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Summon is here!

The Library has been busy implementing a new ‘search tool’ called Summon. It enables users to search across many resource collections simultaneously, such as books, ebooks, journal titles, games, music, videos, government information, and more. Click here for a sneak peek! But be sure to set Firefox, Chrome or Safari as your browser at it does not yet work with Internet Explorer.


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The Library now provides access to PressDisplay which offers 2,300 international newspaper and magazines from 100 countries in over 50 languages, all with text-to-voice conversion.

This newspaper database also offer up to 60 days in back-issues (on selected titles) and articles are downloadable to your mobile device using PressReader.

Read more here.

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During the month of July, the folks at Engineering Village refreshed the GEOBASE user interface to improve usability and save users time, but the core product has not changed. Here is what you need to know:

  • A new feature called “add search field” was added to Quick Search
  • It is easier to scan the results page to find an article quicker
  • You can now view more facets on the results page without scrolling
  • Much quicker to access your Search History
  • More results on page options
  • Increased inter-operability between products (such as GeoRef, Inspec and Compendex)

Source: Engineering Village web page


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Planting a community garden; making a welcome map for newcomers to your neighborhood; or collecting trash in your area and making an art project with it are just some of the activity ideas for Geography Awareness Week 2011 — Nov. 13-19 — with its theme of:

“Geography: The Adventure in Your Community.”

Here are some new materials in the Carleton library collection that focus on Community:

Our Ontario – (Database) Discover people, places, events and objects about Ontario and from Ontario organizations. Its’ easy to find photographs, maps, videos, audio recording, governments documents and other media – instantly @ your fingertips.

Community Development in Canada – (Book) Community development happens within a community, it does not happen to the community.  It’s about empowering a community to develop from within. This text, developed by Canadian professors for Canadian classes, fills a gap.  Brown and Hannis bring a unique Canadian perspective with this all-Canadian textbook.

Life on the Reserve (DVD) – This is a documentary film that follows a few members of the Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay First Nations) community as they take us through what their daily life consists of. Life on Gull Bay Reserve is difficult compared to living in a big city. The don’t have clean drinking water, so they have to get bottled water shipped in.

Two Indians talking (DVD) – This is a humorous, uncensored conversation between two First Nation men who are about to take part in their community’s roadblock. Each man wants fiercely to do the right think but struggles with the question “When you do something for the right reasons, does that make it the right thing to do?”

Community Organizing – (Book) by Joan Kuyek suggests that most of our attempts at change and community-building fail because we cannot get along with each other. Community Organizing starts at the community level to describe how we can work together and create organizations based on dignity and respect. It provides strategies to build movements from the community to assert democratic political power and tools to create a culture of hope in this time of despair. This book offers the means to reclaim political power in Canada.

Poverty by postal code 2: vertical poverty – Declining Income, Housing Quality and Community Life in Toronto’s Inner Suburban High-Rise Apartments – (Book) Published by United Way Toronto, this is a sobering new report on the continuing growth of poverty concentration in Toronto. Vertical Poverty paints a very clear picture – the geography intensification of poverty continues to grow – and is still most severe in the inner suburbs.

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Sustainability Watch topics focus on the concept of “People – Planet – Profits” and provide… summaries with key developments across the sustainability spectrum. By monitoring thousands of leading journals and periodicals, Sustainability Watch presents best practices in a variety of sustainability areas including environmental impacts and pollution prevention initiatives, corporate citizenship, and long-term sustainable business practices.

Try it out!

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