Sharing Your Research in the Cloud

Have you ever been working on a research project with a group of people and wished for a better way to share your work online, or “in the cloud”? Well, a number of tools exist for just this purpose – including the two reference managers I told you about in my last couple of Library Hacks posts. In my final post on these tools, I’ll discuss how both Zotero and Mendeley offer ways to help you collaborate and communicate with colleagues to make sharing research easier. So far, these tools may have seemed pretty similar, but this is where you will see some distinct differences between the two.

Easy Citing While You’re Writing

Old typewriters are pretty cool, but did you ever try adding footnotes to a paper using one? Not so easily done. Thank goodness for modern innovations! In my last Library Hacks post, I introduced Zotero and Mendeley, two free “reference managers” that help you collect and store all kinds of materials – from  PDF files to book citations to webpages – in your own online library. Now we’ll look at how these same tools can help you add footnotes, citations and bibliographies to a paper as you’re writing it. And it’s a snap!

Free Tools to Help You Tame Unruly Information

Here’s the latest post in our series, Library Hacks, where we take a look at cool and interesting online resources from the Smithsonian Libraries and the cyberworld at large. We librarians are all about the organization of information. It’s what we live for! (Well, that might be overstating it a bit.) So when we find great tools for keeping track of info/data/stuff, we get pretty excited. While you may not have the same level of enthusiasm for this that we do, you still can find such tools useful for everything from doing research on a topic of interest, to writing a report for school or work, to collecting your favorite recipes from foodie websites.

Meet Miranda Metcalf

Miranda Metcalf is the new intern from the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art / National Portrait Gallery Library. Miranda recently graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a Bachelor's degree in philosophy. For her internship, Miranda will be working on a Zotero resource bibliography for researching portraiture. She will also be working in the library's art and artist vertical files and on a serials project. Miranda is hoping to go to graduate school to study art history and museum studies. She enjoys baking, running, finding new and amazing music, and spending time with animals. The Libraries and the National Portrait Gallery are excited to have Miranda join us for the fall and we look forward to blogging about her work later.—Doug Litts

Scholars and the Everywhere Library

Dan Cohen “Scholars and the Everywhere Library” September 24, 10:30-noonSmithsonian Institution Ripley Center, Lecture Hall, Room 3027 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, D.C.  Dan Cohen is the second speaker in the Libraries’ 2009 Lecture Series. Cohen holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton, a master’s from Harvard, and a doctorate from Yale. His lecture will pose the questions: How can libraries best help researchers, when the very conception of the “library” for most scholars has changed from a physical location to a wide variety of online resources? Does this transition to the digital realm open up new avenues of research and new services that libraries can provide to meet those research needs? Cohen will speak about new possibilities for search, discovery, recommendations, and analysis that a modern library might be able to provide to the next generation of scholars. There will be a webcast of the lecture. Cohen is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Director of the Center for more »

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