A new look for the database list

August 29th, 2017 by Justine Withers No comments »

The database list at Gleeson Library has a new look! Find it from the home page:
Search > Databases and on the Databases page, click “A to Z List of Databases.” Here you will see the treasure trove of electronic resources.


Search by subject

Discover a subject-specific database beyond your old favorites.


Search by type

Looking for a particular kind of content? Narrow in on specific types of research studies, data, and other resources.


Search for a keyword

Do you remember part of a title or something about a database’s contents? Use the search box.


** Perhaps you can’t remember what it’s called but you know who publishes it. Give the Vendor menu a try.

The A to Z list augments the research guides created by librarians to assist you in finding resources on your subject. You’ll see the research guides getting spruced up as well over the next few months. Check them out from the home page:
Guides & Tools > Research Guides.

We welcome suggestions via our Email the Reference Department form.



Library Liaisons Are Here to Help You

August 29th, 2017 by Janet Carmona No comments »

Have you ever wondered which subject-specific databases the library has? There’s a librarian for that! Interested in bringing in your class to learn some research skills? There’s a librarian for that too! Is there a book missing in our collection that is essential to your subject? We can purchase it! These are just some examples of the magic behind library liaisons. Unfamiliar with the program? Then read on! The Library Liaison program is a service that connects you with a librarian who has expertise in your subject area. To learn more about this resource we spoke with two librarians, Erika Johnson, the Head of Acquisitions and Collection Management, and Joe Garity, a Reference Librarian and the Coordinator of Library Instruction.

We asked them to describe the liaison program in terms of its benefits as a library service. Erika put it this way: “Liaisons are the conduit between academic programs and the library. This critical outreach function ensures that we are best serving the specific research and information literacy needs of students and faculty in each discipline.”

Joe said: “Often people have questions or need help with research and don’t know who to ask. A goal of the library program is for faculty, staff, and students to get to know a librarian who knows their subject area and can work with them. So when classes come to the library for research instruction or when students make one-to-one appointments for help, their subject liaison librarian is the person who meets with them.” This translates to resources available outside the classroom that are meant to help faculty and their students thrive and ensure academic excellence.  

So what are these resources? Well, for starters, it’s one-on-one meetings with a librarian. Here, faculty meet with their liaison to help with research needs. Students can also utilize this service. Then there’s information literacy classes, Joe’s domain, where the goal is to get students comfortable with the library’s research services. In this classroom-like session students learn about library resources, including how to navigate our catalog and databases. Students also learn how to research specific subject areas. You can also take a tour of the library and hear about the building itself and its many services beyond the liaison program. For more on library instruction and tours, click here. And then there’s the collection development portion, which is one of Erika’s primary roles. The library, in line with the University’s mission, strives to acquire materials that will help faculty and students achieve successful academic careers. We therefore need the input of faculty when it comes to the library’s collection. Erica helps faculty “with ordering or cancelling library materials and soliciting their feedback on other collection management projects.”

Some final thoughts on the program: Joe feels the goal “is to give the library a human face, someone who is available to engage with when doing research,” while Erika implores: “Library Liaisons are here for you! Whether it’s for research support, library instruction classes, or recommending materials for our collection, we’d love to hear from you. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve our liaison services, please email me at eljohnson5@usfca.edu or get in touch with your liaison.”

Next time you are putting together your syllabus, don’t forget your liaison! When searching our catalog and your required book isn’t there, don’t forget your liaison! When students ask questions about citing sources, don’t forget your liaison!  

Be sure to check out all the benefits of the liaison program and find your liaison on our website. We hope to see you in the library.


August 28th, 2017 by Fabiola Hernandez-Soto No comments »

Welcome back students, staff, and faculty! We have now switched back to our 24/5 schedule and are entering into the second week of classes. Below are the hours of the Gleeson Library for the Fall Semester. You may also view the hours here.


Study More on the New Second Floor!

August 25th, 2017 by jennerwells No comments »

Click through to check out the newly renovated 2nd floor of Gleeson Library. Book the new group study rooms online. Come visit and check it out!

Altmetrics and PlumX: More Ways to Measure Your Scholarly Work

August 25th, 2017 by Randy Souther No comments »

Discussions of measuring scholarly work often revolve around the “Impact Factor” for journals, and counting—in various ways—how many times your work has been cited in other scholarly works (see h-index, for example).

If you’ve ever felt that this citation-centric view of the scholarly world does not fully capture the value of your work—trust that feeling! Citation counts may not be a very useful measure if you’re not publishing in fast-moving STEM fields.

If you’ve ever felt that this citation-centric view of the scholarly world does not fully capture the value of your work—trust that feeling!

Citations as the primary assessment measure for scholarship is something of a historical accident — for decades being not the best, but simply the only way to quantitatively measure scholarly impact.

Today there are growing numbers of alternative metrics, or altmetrics, that can be used to both supplement traditional citation metrics, and measure alternative formats (from the peer-reviewed article) such as books and book chapters, videos, blog posts, slide presentations, etc. Examples of altmetrics include number of article downloads or full-text views in databases; books held in library collections; and view counts of videos.

Altmetrics can also include social media metrics such as tweets and Facebook likes which can help measure the attention a piece of research is getting, or indicate how well it is being promoted.

How To Get Altmetrics for Your Work

Plum Print
Plum Print

Gleeson Library subscribes to PlumX, which is a major provider of altmetrics (as well as traditional citation metrics). The best way to get altmetrics for your work is to make sure you are depositing your work in the library’s Scholarship Repository. You’ll see the “Plum Print” on your work’s landing page, and expanding the Plum Print will display all of PlumX’s metrics for your work. You’ll also see Plum Prints showing up for many works in major databases such as Scopus, CINAHL, and Fusion!

Image: Plum Bowl by Alan Levine