April 7, 2017

UC Davis Library, Introduction to Research Resources

Time

1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location

1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village

Speaker(s)

Melinda Livas, Librarian, New Physical Sciences & Engineering Librarian Liaison to The Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract

In an effort to introduce transportation graduate students to the resources that are available to them here at UC Davis, in an informative manner, I would like to facilitate a library orientation session that demonstrates how to access content pertaining to transportation studies. (Research indicates that library orientation sessions have positive effects on graduate students’ information literacy skills. Shen, L. (2016). Both Online and In-Person Library Orientations Have Positive Effects on Graduate Students’ Information Literacy Skills. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 11(2), 189-191.)
Upon completion of the library orientation, graduate students will:

  • Be able to access the library’s holdings from “off” campus using our VPN (Virtual Private Network), Pulse Secure.
  • Be able to link Google Scholar to Shields Library holdings, and other institutions.
  • Understand how to use the library’s multifunctional catalog.
  • Learn how to navigate databases germane to transportation such as Compendex, Web of Science, the National Transportation Library and more.
  • Find journal articles, government reports, and conference proceedings unique to their area of specialty.
  • Become familiar with using Subject Guides (webpages designed by librarians to share resources), to find needed content.
  • Understand the benefits of using EndNote to manage, collaborate and share citations.
  • Be able to request items via Shields Interlibrary Loan (materials or copies of materials that are not available at UC Davis from other libraries within the UC system or from libraries throughout the world.)
  • Understand how to link directly to ITS Library in Berkeley, and request resources via Berkeley’s Library Interlibrary Loan department.
  • Know who to contact for research assistance.

Biographical Sketch

MS- Instructional Technology, MLIS- Master of Library & Information Studies, MA- Mass Communication

  • Physical Sciences & Engineering Librarian & Instructional Technologist.
  • Practicing librarian for 7 years. New to UC Davis, started April 2016.
  • Liaison for the following departments: Transportation Studies, Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics.
  • Presented at several national conferences: American Library Association- 2014 Presentation Title: Using Instructional Design Applications to Effectively Flip Library Instruction.
  • Areas of research interests: Instructional Design/Technology, and Online Teaching & Learning.