The USF Tampa Library has created a guide to Academic Writer, a web-based application providing interactive tools to help students and faculty learn and apply APA Style. It features point of need quick guides and video tutorials. It also includes all of the content from the APA Publication Manual full text so students need not purchase it as a requirement for their courses. The platform includes sample materials (references, papers, tables and figures), self-quizzes and tests that can assist in the teaching of APA Style.
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In a recent article, Jill Barshay reports on several studies published in peer-reviewed journals in the past two years that have identified problems with the notion of grit. Angela Duckworth, who wrote a best-selling book on the concept describes “grit” as a combination of perseverence and passion and how important it is for academic success. Image credit.
LibGuides are those created by librarians as good starting points for research and identifying quality resources on various topics. <a LibGuides are those created by librarians as good starting points for research and identifying quality resources on various topics. The Diversity and Inclusion Resources Guide from Denison Libraries offers some wonderful resources for those educators who would like to see a nice one-stop shopping place for resources. Remember that your librarians here at USF can create these guides customized to some of the courses you teach.
A recent report published by Peter W. Crookson Jr., Linda Darling-Hamond, Robert Rothman and Patrick Shields from the Learning Policy Institute discusses school choice — the movement to find alternatives to publicly funded and publicly operated school districts — is not an end in itself but rather a means to an end. In the words of the authors, it exists to “create a system in which all children choose and are chosen by a good school that serves them well and is easily accessible. “ It has been the subject of debate, particularly as seen by the post by Carol Burris and Diane Ravitch. They look at the issue of governance and why it matters who is in charge. This is a very interesting discussion for all those interested in policy that affects public schools and choice.
Project Information Literacy produced a research report about how students access and consume current news stories and events. The report identifies the many pathways for students to obtain news information, the influence of social media, the role of news and media in student lives, why students share news items, and more
A new analysis from the Pew Research Center indicates that younger Americans are better than their elders at separating factual from opinion statements in the news. In a recent survey from Spring of 2018 adults were asked to categorize five factual statements and five opinion statements. Results showed that overall, 44% of the population from 18-49 got all five correct, while the above age 50 group managed only 26% correct.
The World Inequality Database (WID) is an open-access database of the world’s historical and current distribution of wealth and incomes within and between countries. It’s goal is to offer high quality data on issues of economic inequality and at the same time promote democratic transparency. More than 100 researchers from 70 countries contribute to this resource which is coordinated by an executive committee of five codirectors from the Paris School of Economics and the University of California Berkeley. Academics in many disciplines will find this useful because it offers visual representation of data on key indicators regarding inequality.
The USF Tampa Library’s Impact Guide will help scholars find all the tools for journal rankings, identifying an author’s cited references, and ways candidates for promotion and tenure can highlight the quality of their publications.
Digital Scholarship Services has digitized a selection of material from USF Tampa Library’s Special Collections in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Included in our celebration are a couple of pieces of sheet music and five zarzuelas. For a detailed list of the material that has been digitized, see the post written by Copyright Librarian LeEtta Schmidt on the Digital Dialogues blog about it.