Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Askaway, our chat reference service, opens today!

Need help with a research question, struggling with formatting a citation, or have questions about borrowing library materials - log on to the Askaway virtual reference service and let our research experts help you?

Askaway hours are as follows and the service can be accessed both on or off campus:
Sun - Thurs 10 AM - 9 PM
Fri - Sat 11 AM - 5 PM

Access the full Askaway
service by clicking on this icon:
Access the Askaway service by using
the qwidget which you will
find throughout the UFV Library

Posted by Mary-Anne

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Victoria Day Library Closure

Both the Abbotsford and Chilliwack libraries will be closed on Monday, May 18th for Victoria Day. The Abbotsford Library will be open on Saturday, as usual, 1-5PM. Enjoy the long weekend! (Complete list of our hours here.)

Posted by Brenda

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Canadian Documents Collections

Are you looking for recent Canadian public policy documents or health-related research? Our new Canadian Public Policy Collection and Canadian Health Research Collection provide us with approximately 38,000 full text Canadian publications from federal, provincial and territorial government agencies, as well as research institutions such as the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Vanier Institute of the Family, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and more.  

Provided by the Canadian Electronic Library and hosted on the familiar ebrary platform, the documents may be printed, linked to using persistent links and incorporated into course packs.

All titles are included in the library catalogue, or you may search the collections using these Research Database links.

Canadian Public Policy Collection
Canadian Health Research Collection

For more information, contact Patti Wilson.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

This summer it’s “All About Reading”

Did you know UFV Library has a great collection of Fiction?
The Abbotsford Campus Library’s summer display is all about reading, so why not try out some of our great fiction reads!  
Do you need some ideas for what to read? Choose a reading challenge from the bulletin board and see where it takes you.
Here are some examples:

  •  Read a book by author whose gender is different than your
  •  Read an award winner
  •  Read a book published over 100 years ago
  •  Read a book published the year you were born
  •  Read a book that takes place in Asia

You can add a push pin to the bulletin board to show what reading challenges you have completed. You can also like us on Facebook for book ideas for the different challenges. 

 Posted by Mary-Anne

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

UFV's Dr Molly Ungar and student Pierce Smith win Chilliwack Museum and Archives Society Heritage Award.

The Poppy Project is an interactive exhibit using Google Maps showing the home addresses of people from Chilliwack listed on the Chilliwack War Memorial who died in World War I & II.
The exhibit is a collaboration between the University of the Fraser Valley's History department and the Chilliwack Museum and Archives. UFV student Pierce Smith undertook research to determine where soliders, listed on the War Memorial, lived in Chilliwack.

To view the online exhibit, click here.
For more information about the Heritage Awards, click here.

Posted by Mary-Anne 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

RefWorks Users: Read This!

UFV Library is ending its subscription to RefWorks as of July 15, 2015. Existing accounts will automatically expire on this date. Please read on for important information about migrating your RefWorks data to a new system.

Why are you doing this?

As of June 2015, the Canadian version of RefWorks will cease to exist, because the Canadian server that hosts RefWorks is no longer available. This comes at a time when the UFV Library’s budget has been reduced significantly, and the UFV Library has made the decision to discontinue its subscription to RefWorks altogether.

What are my options?

There are a number of options available to you – most of them are free services that will, like RefWorks, allow you to access your data from any device with an Internet connection. Please see a list of alternatives to using RefWorks on our web site: http://www.ufv.ca/library/refworks--ufv/alternatives-to-using-refworks/

Are any of these on Canadian servers?

The UFV Library has been unable to identify any citation management products that store data exclusively on Canadian servers. Popular competitor products like Mendeley and Zotero all store their data on non-Canadian servers. Your decision to share your personal data with any of these services is completely voluntary.

If you are worried about privacy, you might want to consider using desktop software, like Endnote or Word (but be careful not to use their cloud or web-based features, as these will require storing data on non-Canadian servers).

If you are an instructor at UFV, you must not mandate the use of any non-Canadian hosted bibliographic management system in your courses. BC's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) requires that use of systems located outside of Canada must be with prior written consent if the user has to provide personal information. If using bibliographic citation tools in a course is necessary, please consult the Teaching and Learning Centre about how to be privacy compliant.

How do I transfer my RefWorks data to another service?

You will need to first export your data from RefWorks, then import it into your new system. This guide from University of Ontario Institute of Technology provides instructions for migrating your data to EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero (just click on the tabs): http://guides.library.uoit.ca/refworksmigration

For other systems, the exporting piece will be the same, but you’ll need to consult the documentation for the system for instructions on importing.

I use RefShare – will I still be able to share my data with others?

If you are using the RefShare options within RefWorks and you have not heard from us already, please contact Colleen Bell (x4396 or colleen.bell@ufv.ca) immediately to discuss the best options for continuing to make your RefShare database available.

What if I have questions or need help?

Please contact the library at refabby@ufv.ca – we will be more than happy to answer your questions or help you find a solution.

CINAHL upgraded to CINAHL Complete

CINAHL Complete logo
Nursing and Health Sciences students and faculty will now have over 1400 full text nursing and allied health journals available in our upgraded CINAHL Complete subscription.  In addition, the database provides:

  • Indexing for over 5400 journals
  • Nearly 170 Diseases and Conditions Quick Lessons
  • Over 130 Evidence-Based Care Sheets
  • More than 150 Continuing Education Modules
  • Over 300 Research Instruments
Coverage and subject title lists are available here.

Patti Wilson, April 23, 2015