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Hill Times online

Posted by Megan on October 10, 2011

The library now subscribes to The Hill Times, a Canadian newsweekly that covers government and politics.

Read more about the publication and its foreign affairs companion Embassy here.

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Political Science collection analysis

Posted by Megan on October 9, 2011

Inquiring minds might be interested in this graph that shows a rough analysis of McGill’s political science collection according to subject subdivision. Of course, books that are relevant for political science research fall into separate categories such as history, law, or sociology, but it’s interesting to see the balance of broad subject interests in our collection.

Please contact me if you’re interested in further analysis according to elements like publication year or language.

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MyResearch workshop series

Posted by Megan on September 19, 2011

Registration is now open for the library’s MyResearch seminar series. Module 1 covers the basics of the citation software program EndNote.

MyResearch is a suite of workshops tailored to graduate and postdoctoral students that are designed to better equip you with essential research skills and knowledge about the various ways the library can support your research.

The series consists of four interactive seminars that will be held three times this year (Fall 2011, Winter and Summer 2012) at five different locations and covering the following subject areas: Agriculture/Environmental Sciences & Nutrition, Health & Biological Sciences, Humanities, Science & Engineering and Social Sciences. Political Science students can attend either the Social Sciences or Humanities sessions. Each of them is two hours long with plenty of hands-on practice.

Topics cover the beginning of the research process, including refining of research topic, right through to ways to enter the research community, all the while highlighting the library’s resources and services.

Module 1: EndNote Essentials
Module 2: Graduate Research Tool Kit
Module 3: Search Strategies & Techniques
Module 4: Getting Your Research Out

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EZproxy for library resources

Posted by Megan on August 16, 2011

EZproxy® Now Available at the McGill Library

From a library announcement:

EZproxy is now available to McGill Library users. EZproxy is a quick, easy, and convenient method to gain off-campus access to McGill Library subscription databases. Unlike the Virtual Private Network (VPN), it requires no prior computer or browser set-up. All users need to do is to login using their McGill username and password when prompted. Users will be asked to login only once per browser session.

To use EZproxy for accessing databases when off campus, click on one of the library’s online tools, such as the McGill WorldCat catalogue or the McGill Classic catalogue, the eResearch Gateway, and Find an eJournal. The easiest place to start is with the search options on the Library homepage.

EZproxy will not replace the McGill VPN as they serve different purposes: VPN, as part of the university IT infrastructure, will continue to support a broad range of academic activities requiring
remote authentication. For example, VPN will still be needed to download software like EndNote and anti-virus software or to use Microsoft Outlook. EZproxy, on the other hand, is a service provided by the Library for remote access to library-licensed content (i.e., journals, e-books, and databases).

Students and staff can continue to use VPN exactly as they have in the past. Please note, EZproxy will not function when VPN is enabled.

For more information, please visit the Accessing online resources page and EZproxy FAQ.

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New look for the library website

Posted by Megan on August 2, 2011

The library’s website has been freshly updated for the coming academic year. The content is the same, but there has been a bit of reorganization and streamlining in various sections. The goal has been to reduce clutter and make all of the information more accessible.

If you’re preparing to teach a course in the fall term, take a gander at the Support for Teaching page for reminders about our key services.

Also, if you haven’t visited before, the Support for Research page provides an overview of how to access specialized materials, advice on disseminating your research, information about citation analysis, and more.

Please feel free to send me comments or submit feedback to the library’s suggestion box.

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Updated journals in Project Muse

Posted by Megan on July 24, 2011

The library now has access to the full runs of the following journals via Project Muse:

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New e-books from Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

Posted by Megan on July 21, 2011

The library has recently acquired over 400 new e-books on human rights and international law published by Martinus Nijhoff.

You can find the titles in the catalogue by searching for the publisher’s name. In addition, lists of the human rights and international law collections are available online.

Here is a small sampling of titles:

Akpinarli, N. (2010). The fragility of the ‘failed state’ paradigm: A different international law perception of the absence of effective government. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

Woodward, B. K. (2010). Global civil society in international lawmaking and global governance: Theory and practice. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

Nafziger, J. A. R., Nicgorski, A. M., & Brill Academic Publishers. (2010). Cultural heritage issues: The legacy of conquest, colonization, and commerce. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

Eboe-Osuji, C. (2010). Protecting humanity: Essays in international law and policy in honour of Navanethem Pillay. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

University of Virginia., Nordquist, M. H., Heidar, T. H., & Moore, J. N. (2010). Changes in the Arctic environment and the law of the sea. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

Susnjar, D. (2010). Proportionality, fundamental rights, and balance of powers. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

Conforti, B., & Focarelli, C. (2010). The law and practice of the United Nations. Leiden, Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

Laulhe, S. S. (2010). The EU and Cyprus: Principles and strategies of full integration. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

Davies, S. E., & Glanville, L. (2010). Protecting the displaced: Deepening the responsibility to protect. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

Anagnostou, D., & Psychogiopoulou, E. (2010). The European Court of Human Rights and the rights of marginalised individuals and minorities in national context. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

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Concept mapping workshop

Posted by Megan on June 21, 2011

McGill faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend “Concept Mapping with CmapTools,” a workshop that I will leading with my colleague April Colosimo.

In this 45-minute workshop, you will learn the basics of concept mapping and how it can be applied to your work, whether you are planning projects or courses, working on research papers, or looking for a creative way to organize and communicate ideas. During the session, you will design your own concept map and explore the freely available program CmapTools.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 11:00, Schulich Library, Room 413
Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 14:00, Schulich Library, Room 413

To register, visit:

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New ProQuest interface

Posted by Megan on June 15, 2011

Many of the McGill’s library’s databases are now available through a new search interface from the company ProQuest. These databases include several products that were formerly on the CSA-Illumina interface. Among others, some databases of interest to Political Science include:

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences

Canadian Newsstand

Canadian Research Index

Index Islamicus

ProQuest Research Library

British Humanities Index

CBCA Complete (Canadian business and current affairs)

The new interface is designed to allow searching across multiple databases as well as facilitate browsing and limiting by broad subject area, standardized vocabulary, and document type.

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Recent acquisitions

Posted by Megan on May 17, 2011

The library has acquired several new online indexes, databases, and other types of collections over the past few months. I will describe a few of them in more detail on this blog, but for now, here is a partial list:

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