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Lunch and Learn: SearchIt@PUL with Nancy Pressman-Levy and Jeremy Darrington

Wednesday, February 29,
12:00 noon

Frist Multipurpose Room B
SearchIt@PUL:  New Research Discovery Tool from the Library
Nancy Pressman-Levy, Jeremy Darrington
Would you like to learn how to expand your research beyond Google?   SearchIt@PUL, the Library’s new discovery system introduced in the fall of 2011, is just the tool you need to help you discover the impressive resources the Princeton University Library makes available.  SearchIt@PUL consists of two research options:
Catalog+ is a new interface to the Library’s Main Catalog, which allows you to limit a search by “post-search” facets, renew items online, manage saved titles, and place various requests.  
Articles+ is a large search engine that links to full-text journal and newspaper articles, as well as to other electronic content from the Library’s online subscriptions.  Other content includes dissertations, book reviews, conference proceedings, art and photo images, and audio recordings.
Join Princeton librarians Jeremy Darrington and Nancy Pressman Levy for a  demo of this exciting new system.
About the speakers:
Jeremy Darrington is Princeton’s Politics Librarian and a member of the Library’s Discovery Implementation team. Jeremy works extensively with students and faculty to help them find data and sources for their research. His interests include the use of technology in research and instruction, changes in the scholarly communication system, access to government information, preservation of research data, and digital privacy. He is ABD in political science from UC Berkeley and has a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.
Nancy Pressman Levy is the Head of the Donald E. Stokes Library and a member of the Library’s Discovery Implementation team.
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Lunch and Learn: Impact Factors: What They Mean, What They Don’t Mean, and Why You Should Care, presented by Elana Broch

Note that only audio was recorded for this session, but the PDF of the presentation is available here for you to follow along: Elana Broch: Impact Factors

You may have noticed journals’ announcements of their “impact factor” on their home page.  “We’re number 1” sounds good, but what does it really mean?  I’ll begin with a quick overview of Web of Science, the database that forms the basic for the calculations of the impact factor, show how impact factor is calculated, and the factors that influence its interpretability.  Finally, we’ll discuss alternatives to the impact factor.

Speaker bio:

Elana Broch is the assistant population research librarian in Stokes Library here at Princeton.  Before coming to Princeton, she worked as a measurement statistician on the GRE at Educational Testing Service. She earned a PhD in Psychometric Methods from the University of Minnesota before earning her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.  Her dissertation “An investigation of the effect of item complexity and dimension strength on item parameter recovery in multidimensional datasets,” has one (incomplete citation) in Web of Science.”