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Citation Generators II

April 21st, 2014 by Michael Winter

In addition to the stand-alone citation generators mentioned in the previous post, there are now other ways to automatically generate a pre-formatted bibliographic reference, since these features are often built in to the periodicals indexing and abstracting services that the library subscribes to on behalf of the university’s  students, faculty, and staff.  There are many examples of such tools featuring a citation generator as part of the interface, including old favorites like PsycINFO, Sociological Abstracts, the MLA International Bibliography (and others from the ProQuest interface), and as many tools from the EBSCO package (including Academic Search Complete, America: History and Life, Historical Abstracts, and many others).  The technique is simple.  Once you are displaying a complete bibliographic reference on the screen, look for a box on the left hand side of the reference to check, then look on the right hand side for a link to get the citation generation process started.  (The actual position of this link varies a little from service to service, but usually is on the right).  If you’d like to try it out, see the link at the top of the welcome page of  behavioral science and cultural studies librarian David Michalski’s  Psychology subject guide and to go to PsycINFO.

Cttation Generators I

April 21st, 2014 by Michael Winter

Virtually every student has experienced the panic that sets in as the term draws to a close, and numerous written assignments–each requiring the paper’s bibliographic references to be formatted according to a specified standard– must be submitted. While there is, alas, no perfect fix for this problem, it has gotten alot easier recently with the availability of open access “citation generators”–web-based tools that allow the user to select the format needed (MLA, APA, Chicago), then input the descriptive data they have, and with a click or two or three produce a nicely formatted citation that can be copied and pasted into a list of references. Three of the better known  are “KnightCite,” “Son of Citation Machine,” and “Noodle Tools Express.” For links providing convenient access, see the column labelled “Citation Generators” at the bottom center an ingenious page crafted by Shields Library’s instruction librarian Melissa Browne.

Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography Video Tutorials

February 18th, 2014 by Michael Winter

The MLA International Bibliography has just announced a new video tutorial series on different ways of searching the bibliography. New tutorials will be released every few months.  Click here for links to the currently available tutorials. The tutorials cover both the ProQuest and the EBSCO interfaces.

Library Research Workshops in the Humanities and Social Sciences

September 16th, 2013 by David Michalski

Library Research Workshops in the Humanities and Social Sciences
with Research Librarian, David Michalski

Library research skills can help one jump-start new projects, place old questions in new contexts, and allow one to probe more deeply into the social and cultural record.

Graduate students, faculty and other researchers working in the Humanities, Cultural Studies or Social Sciences are invited to bring their projects to a Library Research Workshop.

Researchers will learn about the latest resources, participate in guided hands-on instruction, and have their questions about the library answered in this informal, collegial setting. Learn the most effectively ways to construct literature reviews, frame new research questions, and navigate the wide variety of interdisciplinary information sources available at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:
Locating primary source material,
Conducting literature reviews in unfamiliar areas,
Citation analysis and cited reference searches,
and the use of specialized reference works.

Bring your questions and let us learn how we can serve you better.

Library Workshop Dates

October 22nd
Tuesday, 1-2:30
Peter J. Shields Library
Library Instruction Lab
First floor, near the Reserves Desk

October 24th
Thursday, 10-11:30
Peter J. Shields Library
Library Instruction Lab
First floor, near the Reserves Desk

October 29th
Tuesday, 10-11:30
Peter J. Shields Library
Library Instruction Lab
First floor, near the Reserves Desk

October 31st
Thursday, 2-3:30
Peter J. Shields Library
Library Instruction Lab
First floor, near the Reserves Desk

Finding the Library Instruction Lab:

Instructor: David Michalski, MLS, PhD. ( is the Social and Cultural Studies Librarian at the University of California, Davis. He has twelve years experience as a research librarian, and is the author of a number of scholarly publications in information studies, cultural studies and sociology.
For more info see:

Social and Cultural Studies Librarian Office Hours

May 14th, 2012 by David Michalski

Working on a term paper in the social sciences or the humanities?
Starting a new research project?
Interested in the latest means to discover and track scholarly literature?

Social and Cultural Studies Librarian, David Michalski is available for consultations.

Make an appointment to develop a custom search strategy, and make sure you are getting the most out of your library resources.

Endnote class

January 4th, 2011 by David Michalski

Enhancing Your Use of Endnote:
Some Tips and Tricks for Grad Students and Postdocs

Monday, January 10, 2011
2060 SciLab (Note Room Change)

This workshop is for researchers with some experience using EndNote who want to learn to use it more effectively. After a brief review of major features, the workshop covers advanced features such as using term lists, customizing citation styles, changing display preferences, making global changes to texts, and editing import filters.

No registration necessary.

Workshop Leader: Sarah Perrault, Ph.D., University Writing Program

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies (Professional Development Series) and the University Writing Program

Cultural Studies Scholar Exposes the Power of Search Engines to Shape Knowledge

December 2nd, 2010 by David Michalski

José van Dijck, Professor of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam and current the Dean of
Humanities at that University has recently published an interesting article on the role of search engines, such as Google Scholar, in the production of knowledge. See…

José van Dijck (2010) Search engines and the production of academic knowledge. International Journal of Cultural Studies. v13 n6 574-592.

In the current information environment Van Dijck argues the “task of educating students in information literacy cannot be limited to library and teaching professionals only. Instead, this should be the responsibility of all academics concerned with public values related to the production of knowledge.” (587)

She proposes an expansion of the concept of information literacy, arguing that researchers today need to be aware of the economic, political and socio-cultural dimensions of search engines. “Proprietary search engines” she contends

substantially shape the road from raw data to scholarly knowledge, while rendering essential processes of weighing, evaluating and contextualizing data into black boxes. To turn information into knowledge, students not only need to be socialized into the various stages of the process, but they should also be enabled to critically analyse the tools that help to construct knowledge. (588)

The more vividly search engines and catalogs produce a semblance of disintermediation, it seems, the more important it is for educators to lay bare the forces mediating that semblance.

Summer Library Classes for Staff

June 24th, 2009 by David Michalski

Did you know that as U.C. Davis staff you have access to the books, journals, databases and other electronic resources available through the University Library? Discover how to use our print materials and electronic resources, and get access from your home or office. Learn how to search our catalog and databases (a sample database will be demonstrated).  Registration required: All classes held at Shields Library Instruction Lab, room 165.  For more information contact Sandra Vella at

Monday, June 29      10 am – 11 am
Thursday, July 23     10 am – 11 am
Wednesday, Aug. 5     10 am – 11 am
Monday, Aug. 10    10 am – 11 am

Digital Images Tools and Instruction

April 8th, 2009 by Daniel Goldstein

Digital images are becoming more and more a part of teaching and research. The library offers access to large collections of images across the arts, humanities and social sciences, as well as guidance on how to use them. To learn more, sign up for one of these instruction sessions, or contact Daniel Goldstein for individual assistance.


Digital Images for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
The library offers access to more than one million high-resolution images for teaching and research as well as the tools to use them effectively in your teaching. Learn how to find images to use in the classroom and how to share them with your students
When:May 13, 2:00-4:00
Where: Library Instruction Lab, Room 165, Shields Library
Follow this link to Register


Tools for Teaching with Digital Images
If you teach with images, you will want to learn about tools the library offers that enable you to share digital images with your students in and out of class. For example, you can: create password protected groups of high resolution images that you and your students can access anywhere; make annotations that only you and your students can see; and more.
When:Friday Apri 24, 10:00-12:00
Where: Library Instruction Lab, Room 165, Shields Library
Follow this link to Register