Celebrate Open Access Week with Resources from UTC Scholar!

In honor of Open Access Week, check out these library-supported services and resources from UTC ScholarOpen Access Week promotes and celebrates the availability of open access literature, loosely defined as scholarly material that is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. As the university’s institutional repository, UTC Scholar contains a variety of open access materials that capture the academic and creative output of the campus community. In the last 12 months, materials in UTC Scholar have been downloaded over 204,500 times by researchers from all around the world–that’s an average of over 134 downloads per item! A few of these resources are described below.

  • Open Educational Resource (OER) Publishing Services
    • The library supports authorship of OER by UTC faculty by providing technical support and a publishing platform in the UTC Scholar Open Educational Resources series. Open Educational Resources (OER) are shared under open licensing, which allows users to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute materials. The UTC Library’s Affordable Course Materials Initiative supports faculty awareness of OER materials. Faculty are encouraged to assess and then adopt or adapt OER to create more affordable courses. We also encourage awareness of OER with pre-service teachers by helping students find and assess K-12 Textbooks.
  • PlumX Metrics
    • An important component of open access resources are the metrics by which their impact is measured. As of this year, all items in UTC Scholar feature PlumX Metrics, which measure not only citations and downloads of a particular resource, but also other types of engagement, such as bookmarks and social media shares. This data is valuable information for authors seeking to demonstrate the impact of their research.
  • Data Management Services
    • Data management and open data are an important part of open science. Many funding agencies now require that both the published research and the data used in that research be available to the public. The UTC library’s Data Management Services can help faculty create strong data management plans and can host research data in UTC Scholar’s Research and Data collection.
  • Journal and Conference Publishing Services
    • Modern Psychological Studies is one of two peer reviewed journals published by the university and hosted in UTC Scholar. The full run of Modern Psychological Studies dating back to 1992 has been digitized and made available online.
    • UTC Scholar is also home to posters and presentations delivered at the Department of Psychology’s River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference (RCIO). The programming for this annual conference is managed through UTC Scholar and the content is submitted by presenters prior to the event.

Rising Waters: Life in the Trenches of World War I on Display

During the Great War, servicemen from all over the United States served in the European theater standing in trenches that were often flooded with water, mud, and bacteria. Sometimes the water rose to their waists. These men were not only fighting Germans but they were fighting infections. Learn more about trench foot and the service of Chattanooga’s Battery B who trained on our very own Chamberlain Field by visiting the Roth Grand Reading Room located on the 4th Floor of the UTC Library.

Captain MacPail of Battery B from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Captain MacPail of Battery B from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Courtesy of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.

Battery B drilling on Chamberlain Field.

Battery B drilling on Chamberlain Field in June 1917. Courtesy of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.

Credit

This exhibit was developed by Sara Matthews, a Summer 2018 intern in Special Collections from the Department of History. Support for design of the exhibit panels was provided by Clayton Aldridge, a student assistant in the UTC Library Studio.


Bloomsbury eBooks

The UTC Library now offers access to over 5,000 new eBook titles from Bloomsbury Publishing. This collection of academic works will assist a wide variety of researchers with topics in anthropology, theology, classics, history, political science, education, and even film studies. The full text of each book can be read on any device using your internet browser, and each chapter can be downloaded as a .pdf for printing and offline reading.

Complete List of Titles Access Bloomsbury eBooks


Sample Titles


cinematic terror book cover

Cinematic Terror: A Global History of Terrorism on Film
This book explores the portrayal of terrorists and terrorism in cinema and past conflicts between filmmakers and terrorists.


The Vietnam War 1956–1975 Book Cover

The Vietnam War 1956–1975
This book highlights the United States involvement in the Vietnam War and how the conflict was nothing that the United States could have imagined.

Masculinity and the Paradox of Violence in American Fiction, 1950–75 Book Cover

Masculinity and the Paradox of Violence in American Fiction, 1950–75
This book uses fiction by authors like Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and Norman Mailer to examine the ways that violence, masculinity, and racial/ethnic tensions interact.

Dictionary of American Regional English

According to the DARE survey, a heavy metal pan for frying might be a skillet, frying pan, or spider. Somebody who studies all the time might be called a bookworm, brain, greasy grind, egghead, brain, or a crammar. It all depends on where in the States you’re chewing the fat.

 

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DARE Chief Editor Frederic G. Cassidy with Fieldworkers Reino Maki (left) and Ben Crane in front of a “Word Wagon” in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives, 1965.
From About the DARE Survey.

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Fieldworker Ruth Porter with a skillet—or is it a fry pan, or a spider? Photo courtesy of University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives, 1965.
From About the DARE Survey.

 

The UTC Library now provides online access to the Dictionary of American Regional English. This is the authoritative resource for the vocabulary of the United States built from a survey of over 1,000 communities. The dictionary documents words, phrases, and pronunciations that pop up only in certain parts of the country passed along through families and communities, rather than through formal education. As an online resource, you are able to browse by region using the interactive map as well as create your own map. There are also audio recordings captured by the researchers creating the dictionary of actual people from these regions using the words and phrases. Each entry features contextual examples from sources like literature and government documents.

Take a look at the entries for Tennessee and see if you use these words at home.

Access the Dictionary of American Regional English

 


Action Required from EndNote Users

There is a change to the URL that makes it possible for EndNote desktop to search for the full text of articles listed in your EndNote library.  If you have been using the Find Full Text feature, your old OpenURL Path URL will not work.

If you haven’t used the Find Full Text feature of EndNote desktop, you may want to watch this short (4 minute) video that shows what it does and how to use it.

Please make the following change as soon as possible. 

EndNote for Windows:

EndNote for the Mac:

 

In the video, they are not using the “Authenticate with URL”, but we use it at UTC so you can search for full text even when you’re off campus.

When you use Find Full Text, it will ask you to enter your UTC ID and password.  Once you’ve done that, you’ll see this screen:

 

 

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Ignore the “Database Selection Error” message and just click on Continue.  Then choose Find Full Text once more and the process will start.  You’ll see how EndNote is doing over on the left side:

 

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If you have questions or need some assistance, please contact Chapel-Cowden@utc.edu.


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