Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spooky citations!

I often like to cover citations and citation management when I teach a class -- it's an interesting and important part of any scientific conversation and scientific publication, and I like to help folks understand why it's so important!

This morning, I came across a post on the APA Style Blog* on citing works from the spirit world. Just in time for Halloween!

From the 2013 blog post:

Noncorporeal beings have dictated a number of bestsellers, yet they never seem to cash their own royalty checks. For bibliographic purposes, the author is the person through whom the work entered the corporeal realm.

So, such a citation would be:

Medium Last Name, Medium First Name. (Year). Title of publication. Location: Publisher.

There are also entire subject headings on Spirit Writings (a search of which [search su:Spirt writings. in our catalog] will bring up all sorts of resources from UMass and the Five Colleges!

Happy haunting searching, little spooks! :-)

*APA is the format I know best, so I am biased towards it!

Hume-Pratuch, J. (2013, October 31). APA Style Blog: How to Cite Works From the Spirit World. Retrieved October 30, 2014, from

Monday, October 06, 2014

Librarian Lunch Break @BCRC

As the librarian working with the Biology Department at UMass Amherst, I am trying something new this semester. Every Wednesday from Noon-1:00pm, I will be in the Biology Computer Resource Center (Room 315 in Morrill III). I hope that students, faculty and staff will stop by with any library-related questions (like how to find an article, database search tips, using RefWorks), or just to say "Hi."

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Agriculture Census Stats - Massachusetts is doing great!

Gary Keogh, New England field office State Statistician, in a blog post from July 2014 on the USDA website, used data from the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture to illustrate the rise of community-supported agriculture (highest percentage of farms), and other aspects of Massachusetts' growing agriculture sector.

Massachusetts Agriculture Defies National Trends

The Census of Agriculture is available to all.