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New data science institute to help scholars harness ‘big data’

November 19th, 2013 by David Michalski

By Robert Sanders, Media Relations | November 13, 2013

BERKELEY — In a world awash in data, UC Berkeley is meeting the flood head-on by establishing a new institute to support faculty, researchers and students in their efforts to mine this information in areas as diverse as astronomy and economics, genetics and demography

http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2013/11/13/new-data-science-institute-to-help-scholars-harness-big-data/

Vision of the data center in Doe Library.

http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/datasciencecenter4501.jpg

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:
http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/instruc/about/maps.php?map=lil


Instructor: David Michalski, MLS, PhD. (michalski@ucdavis.edu) 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: http://people.lib.ucdavis.edu/~davidm/mycard.html

Fall Research Workshops: Social and Cultural Studies

September 6th, 2012 by David Michalski

Social and Cultural Studies Library Research Workshop

w/ David Michalski, MLS, PhD. (michalski@ucdavis.edu)

1st Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Place: Library Instruction Lab, 1st Floor Peter J. Shields Library (near Reserves Desk)

2nd Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Place: Library Instruction Lab, 1st Floor Peter J. Shields Library (near Reserves Desk)

This workshop invites graduate students, faculty and other researchers to see and practice with the latest research tools available. Learn effectively ways to construct literature reviews, frame new research questions, and navigate and evaluate the wide variety of information sources available at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:

The latest in database searching (including the Proquest transisiton databases),
Citation analysis and cited reference searches,
Locating primary source material,
and the use of interdisciplinary and specialized reference works.

Participants are encouraged to bring along research projects as well as any questions they have about the University Library.
Let us learn how we can serve you better.

David Michalski is a UC Davis Librarian subject specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department responsible to these departments and programs: Sociology, Psychology, Human, Community and Regional Development, Geography, Women and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, African and African American Studies, Asian American Studies and Cultural Studies.

For more info see: http://people.lib.ucdavis.edu/~davidm/mycard.html

We’re all Calvinists now

August 8th, 2012 by Michael Winter

Matthew Hutson, “Still Puritan After All These Years.” New York Times. Sunday August 5, 2012: SR 4. Web version at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/opinion/sunday/are-americans-still-puritan.html

Encyclopedia of consumption and waste : the social science of garbage

July 20th, 2012 by David Michalski


Encyclopedia of consumption and waste : the social science of garbage / Carl A. Zimring, general editor ; William L. Rathje, consulting editor.

Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference HD4482 .E53 2012 Lib Use Only

Other title : Social science of garbage

Subject:
Refuse and refuse disposal — Social aspects — Encyclopedias.
Consumption (Economics) — Social aspects — Encyclopedias.

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.
http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/forms/officehours/index.php?office=1

Social and Cultural Studies Workshop

January 6th, 2012 by David Michalski

Social and Cultural Studies Workshop

Thursday, February 16, 2012
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Place: Library Instruction Lab
Peter J. Shields Library, (1st floor, near Reserves Desk)

Instructor: David Michalski

Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates engaged in Social and Cultural Studies research projects are invited to attend these project-centered research workshops. Participants will how to effectively navigate and evaluate the social and cultural studies literature available to them at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:

* the latest in database searching and the tracking of academic journal literature,
* the uses of key reference sources in framing topics and in cross-disciplinary studies,
* the discovery and access issues in the location of relevant primary source material,
* and the general structure of scholarly communication in social and cultural studies.

These small group sessions allow time for individual consultations and guided searches, so participants are encouraged to bring along research problems and questions they have about the University Library. There is no need to sign up. Just drop in!

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David Michalski, MLS, Ph.D.
Social and Cultural Studies Librarian
Humanities and Social Sciences Dept., 2nd Floor
Peter J. Shields Library
100 Northwest Quad,
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
michalski@ucdavis.edu

Office Hours: Tues 10-12, & by appt.

Subject Librarian for: African & African American Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Community & Regional Development, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies.

Understanding the Occupy Movement

December 8th, 2011 by Michael Winter

The Berkeley Journal of Sociology “has just created a forum by gathering a collection of links to essays, critical commentary, and research ideas of social scientists on the Occupy Movement. As analyses and “spin” of Occupations grow, we confront the sort of public issue to which a social science response is urgently needed. Accordingly, the BJS has organized this forum addressing the underlying social, political, and economic issues surrounding Occupy and its broader implications.”  For more information and direct access to the links, go to http://bjsonline.org/2011/12/understanding-the-occupy-movement-perspectives-from-the-social-sciences/

Fall Workshops: Library Research in Social and Cultural Studies

September 6th, 2011 by David Michalski

Library Research in Social and Cultural Studies

David Michalski
Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian
michalski@ucdavis.edu

Two dates:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Wednesday, October 13, 2011
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Place: Library Instruction Lab
Peter J. Shields Library, (1st floor, near Researves Desk)

Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates engaged in Social and Cultural Studies research projects are invited to attend these project-centered research workshops. Participants will how to effectively navigate and evaluate the social and cultural studies literature available to them at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:
* the latest in database searching and the tracking of academic journal literature,
* the uses of key reference sources in framing topics and in cross-disciplinary studies,
* the discovery and access issues in the location of relevant primary source material,
* and the general structure of scholarly communication in social and cultural studies.

These small group sessions allow time for individual consultations and guided searches, so participants are encouraged to bring along research problems and questions they have about the University Library. There is no need to sign up. Just drop in!