Author Archives: Susan Payne

Day in library life: searching for clinical (or non-clinical) case studies

At first blush, it seemed like a very simple, clearly written assignment for a student — go and find a case study related to your search topic…to be used in an oral presentation and a written paper. The first thing … Continue reading

She said/he said: great quotes from books

Being a librarian, it might seem ironic that I have very little time for leisure reading. When I do find the time, I usually read on a kindle or from books checked out from my local public library. I either … Continue reading

Top 5 Ways Libraries & Librarians Can Help You

“Libraries are repositories of books, music and documents, but above all of nostalgia: the musty stacks, the unexpected finds, the safety and pleasure of a place that welcomes and shelters unconditionally.” – Washington Post Guilty library confession: I use Google multiple … Continue reading

What is THE best citation tool?

One very common question that comes up, from both students and researchers, is: “What is the best citation tool for doing X?” It’s an excellent question because every year another slew of citation management tools, apps, and software materialize. Often … Continue reading

Privacy Rights: What We Click Away

Recently I had to give up my personal Facebook archive. It’s a long and boring story, but something I never expected to be asked to do and it felt wrong…maybe a tiny bit icky. It got me thinking more about … Continue reading

Libraries and Happy Discoveries

Julia Weist, a Brooklyn-based artist, has posted a 17th Century Word on a large billboard and she wants to be the only one on the Internet using it. If you search for her, lots of posts seem to honor that … Continue reading

Study Suggests That Online Searching Only Makes You Feel Smarter

While driving home recently I heard on NPR that online searching may make you think you’re smarter than you really are. Matthew Fisher, doctoral student in cognitive psychology at Yale, found that people tend to think that “information is leaking … Continue reading

Explore Mars, the moon, and the skies

For nearly fifty years, people have attempted to send spacecraft to Mars. During the 1950s and 60s, an increasing preoccupation with the future and technology helped transform America’s outlook, as well as its conception of itself, as if seen anew … Continue reading

What Do Digital Scrapbooking, Social Media, Identifying Outliers have in Common?

They are elements that are a part of various hands-on practice and discussions designed to help you strengthen your research skills during Intersession (register by December 14th if you’re interested). Whether mixing up social media & George Peabody Library collections; … Continue reading

Got the PDF organization blues? If so…we’ve got some help

If you’re writing and researching, you probably have faced a common problem – how to best organize the articles you’re reading and what to use when creating bibliographies and formatting research papers. Finding articles has become quite easy through online … Continue reading