Category Archives: Tech Tips

Virtual Shelf Browse Feature in Catalyst

There’s nothing quite like serendipitous discovery. I love going into the stacks to look for one book, and coming back with an armful of others that pique my interest. Don’t have time to head to the library? You can get … Continue reading

Google NGram Viewer — “Culturomics”?

The NGram Viewer from Google made a splash when it was introduced in December of 2010. It is essentially a data-mining application that enables queries against Google’s massive digitized books corpus.  Researchers behind the Google Books project wrote about the … Continue reading

What’s the Dirt?

Guest blogger: Macie Hall, from the CER’s Innovative Instructor. Looking for a tool (preferably free and easy to use) for a scholarly project?  Maybe you need to clean up, model, or interpret data. Perhaps you are looking at ways to visualize information, or … Continue reading

Art History Teaching Resources: Not Just for Art Historians

Guest blogger: Macie Hall, from the CER’s Innovative Instructor. The first week in February, I attended the annual College Art Association conference in Washington, DC and co-chaired a panel titled Rethinking Online Pedagogies for Art History. In an era where higher education teaching … Continue reading

Unburied Treasure: Discovering ARTstor Collections

While on an expedition through the ARTstor Digital Library’s more than 1.9 million arts and humanities related images, you might use ARTstor’s robust search and filtering functionality to hunt for specific images or works of art. Alternatively, you might choose … Continue reading

Twine 2.0: Not just for storytelling

Guest blogger: Macie Hall, from the CER’s Innovative Instructor. For the past several years, I’ve been interested in storytelling as a means of improving student communication skills in any media. When I talk to students about communication skills, we discuss the importance of … Continue reading

Catalyst Lifehacks

Now that you’re back and shaking the dust off of your research brain, let’s look at some handy Catalyst features that might get overlooked when you’re otherwise laser-focused on cranking out a paper. The first thing to know is that … 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

“I swear I’m not texting!” Put your phone to good use in class.

Are your fingers just itching to use your phone in class? Citations making you crazy? Dreading your bibliography? We can help. Attend one of our online workshops this semester to help you calm your fears, and even have an excuse … Continue reading

New Collaboration Tool

The BLC now has group study rooms with ClickShare Technology. ClickShare is a very easy way of displaying your laptop screen to the projector. No hassling with webpages or connecting to a different networks. Just simply plug in the ClickShare USB … Continue reading