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Scalfani, Vincent F.; Dahlbach, Barbara J.; Robertson, Jacob – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2021
Chemical substances from theses are not widely accessible as searchable machine-readable formats. In this article, we describe our workflow for extracting, registering, and sharing chemical substances from the University of Alabama theses to enhance discovery. In total, 73 theses were selected for the project, resulting in about 3,000 substances…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Theses, Doctoral Dissertations, Scientific Research
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Flaxbart, David – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2018
A citation analysis of chemistry PhD dissertations at the University of Texas at Austin yielded data on how often graduate students cite books in their bibliographies, and on the characteristics of the books cited, in terms of age and local ownership. The analysis examined samples of dissertations selected from five discrete years--1988, 2006,…
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Citation Analysis, Chemistry, Books
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Zhang, Yuening – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2017
Although scholarship has addressed issues around serving international students in U.S. and Canadian libraries, reports on how Chinese graduate students use information in Chinese universities, especially for a particular discipline, are rare. In this study, the author interviewed 15 graduate students and researchers in a top-ranked chemistry…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Researchers, Chemistry
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Scalfani, Vincent F. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2017
Programmatic text analysis can be used to understand patterns and reveal trends in data that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to uncover with manual coding methods. This work uses programmatic text analysis, specifically term frequency counts, to study nearly 10,000 chemistry thesis and dissertation titles from 1911-2015. The thesis and…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Theses, Doctoral Dissertations, Scientific Research
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Jankowski, Amy – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2017
Accessibility and findability of digitized archival resources can be a challenge, particularly for students or researchers not familiar with archival formats and digital interfaces, which adhere to different descriptive standards than more widely familiar library resources. Numerous aggregate archival collection databases exist, which provide a…
Descriptors: Archives, Primary Sources, Scientific and Technical Information, Biology
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George, Sarah; Munshi, Tasnim – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2016
Employers are increasingly requiring a range of "soft" skills from chemistry graduates, including the ability to search for and critically evaluate information. This paper discusses the issues around encouraging chemistry students to engage with information skills and suggests curricular changes which may help to "drip-feed"…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Teaching Methods, Information Skills, Information Literacy
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Butkovich, Nancy J. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2015
Doctoral candidates may request short-term embargoes on the release of their dissertations in order to apply for patents. This study examines how often inventions described in dissertations in chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, and mathematics are converted into U.S. patent applications, as well as the relationship between dissertation…
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Intellectual Property, STEM Education, Chemistry
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Dawson, Diane – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2015
In late 2012, it appeared that the University Library, University of Saskatchewan would likely no longer be able to afford to subscribe to the entire American Chemical Society "Big Deal" of 36 journals. Difficult choices would need to be made regarding which titles to retain as individual subscriptions. In an effort to arrive at the most…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Libraries, Chemistry, Library Materials
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Mandernach, Meris A.; Shorish, Yasmeen; Reisner, Barbara A. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2014
As information continues to evolve over time, the information literacy expectations for chemistry students also change. This article examines transformations to an undergraduate chemistry course that focuses on chemical literature and information literacy and is co-taught by a chemistry professor and a chemistry librarian. This article also…
Descriptors: Library Instruction, Delivery Systems, Chemistry, Educational Development
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Peters, Marion C. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2014
"Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates: The Elements of Information Literacy", (2012-) now in its second edition and available as a Wikibook since 2012, resulted from collaboration by chemistry librarians participating in several professional organizations. Sections covering a) the library and scientific literature and b)…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students), Chemistry, Science Education
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Fong, Bonnie L. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2014
An exploratory study was conducted in Summer 2012 in an effort to determine what librarians in the United States are doing to teach chemistry graduate students research skills. Chemistry librarians at ARL (Association of Research Libraries) institutions were surveyed about the content they teach; when, where, and how they present it; and what…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Graduate Students, Research Skills, Library Instruction
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Gregory, Kathleen – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2013
Active learning is a hallmark of the traditional science laboratory class, making it a natural place for librarians to integrate active information literacy instruction. The course structure of science lab classes, particularly large entry-level undergraduate classes, can make the logistics of such integration a challenge. This paper presents two…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Integrated Activities, Science Laboratories, College Science
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Fong, Bonnie L.; Hansen, Darren B. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2012
Librarians have traditionally taught information literacy skills to science graduate students in separate courses dedicated to information-seeking, during assignment(s)-based library sessions for other courses, or through workshops. There is little mention in the professional literature of teaching graduate students within their research groups.…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Graduate Students, Student Research, Group Instruction
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Colosimo, April L.; Kasuto, Emily – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2012
Video tutorials were designed for students working on a General Chemistry scientific inquiry laboratory in 2008, as a supplement to in-class instruction from a librarian. In 2010, with no opportunity to provide in-class instruction, one of the videos was redesigned and offered to assist students with the exercise. In both years, students were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Chemistry, College Science, Science Instruction
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Zhang, Yuening; Beckman, Roger – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2011
An e-book usage survey was sent through departmental mailing lists to the graduate students, scientists and faculty members of the Chemistry Department and Biology Department of Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB). Several faculty members, scientists and graduates students from the Chemistry Department and Biology Department were also contacted…
Descriptors: Books, Electronic Publishing, Use Studies, Surveys
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