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Spice up your research papers with Statista

Statista logoOne of the newest subscription databases we are offering is Statista, a portal to graphical representations of data over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources on a single platform. Categorized into 21 market sectors, it provides direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets. Statista includes data sources such as market research reports, trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases.

You can dowload data as Excel spreadsheets, into PowerPoint, as PDFs, or in graphic format (.PNG files). The Infographics would make a great addition to a research paper or presentation. (Oh, and you can also create citations in APA, MLA, and Chicago styles). Here is a sample infographic about Google’s online empire:

Google infographic

Statista is listed on our Databases A-Z page, our Statistics – Research by Subject page, and is available from off campus with your Miami ID and password.

Check out Kanopy streaming videos

Kanopy logoIf that documentary or film you found on YouTube is requiring you to purchase access, try our Kanopy streaming video service. It’s a subscription offered by University Libraries that features over 8,000 films from a variety of important collections and producers, including California Newsreel, Green Planet, PBS, BBC. Kanopy videos can be watched on TV via Roku, Apple TV, HDMI cable, or Chromecast. Each film includes a citation in APA, MLA, and Chicago Style, so you can cite them in a research paper or presentation.  More information available on our Kanopy guide.

Welcome back!

wooden welcome signHello and welcome to all new and returning students! We hope this semester will be rewarding and successful one. Rentschler Library is ready to help you, whether it’s help with research, or finding out what your instructor has on reserve.  We have group study rooms that you can reserve for 2 hr. periods, and even book them at least 2 weeks in advance.

Our hours are:
8AM – 9PM Monday-Thursday
8AM-5PM on Friday
10AM – 2PM Saturday
1PM – 5PM Sunday

Best of luck!

Cram Jam @ Rentschler Library

Rentschler Library and the Office of Learning Assistance are proud to offer Cram Jam again this semester. There’ll be peer tutors in a variety of subjects, librarians, snacks and coffee.  Open to all Miami students and hosted at Rentschler Library, Schwarm Hall, Miami Univ. Hamilton campus. The dates & hours of Cram Jam are:

Thursday, Dec, 7, 6-9pm
Saturday, Dec, 9, 12-5pm
Sunday, Dec, 10, 3-10pm

Got a question? Need help with your research?

Just about a month to go until final exams. How are your research papers coming along? Do you need to find some high quality sources? Need help narrowing your topic or casting a broader net? Schedule a Research Appointment with one of our reference librarians. Sessions are scheduled for 30-45 minute slots, so you can count on having a one-on-one learning experience with the librarian’s undivided attention. For sessions to be successful, please fill out the form above completely and give an accurate description of the assignment. We ask that you bring a copy of the assignment (if applicable), any outlines or citations already created, and a motivated research attitude to your appointment!

Frida, Cane, and something delicious

There are a lot of great new books coming into Rentschler Library. Come check out the titles on our shelves just near the circulation desk. Here are just three of them, but there are many more to check out (literally).

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1945) is considered one of the greatest women painters of all time. She is best known for her 80 or so self-portraits but author Grimberg, a scholar of Kahlo’s work, explores all of the artist’s documented still lifes, including some that have come to light only recently. This is not one of those enormous art books that doesn’t fit in your back pack!

 

Book cover - Cane by Jean ToomerFirst published in 1923, “Cane” by Jean Toomer’s is an experimental and impressionist work that is part drama, part poetry, part fiction and powerfully evokes black life in the South. Toomer’s purpose was to “embody what he sees as the dying folk spirit of the south by re-creating their feelings through language and rhythm.” (Critical Survey of Poetry, 2nd rev. ed, 2002). This version includes an introduction by noted African American Studies scholars Rudolph Byrd of Emory University, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., of Harvard University.

Father and daughter team Fuller and Reddekopp (a geographer and chef, respectively) trace the links between geography and food all over the world. The book innovatively “combines geography, history, and cooking in a single volume.” (publisher blurb). Learn how to make mulled wine, pommes frites and more. Recipes are spiced up with the history of the main item in each featured recipe along with learning questions at the beginning of each chapter.

Hurricane/Earthquake Relief Donations

The International Club of Miami University Hamilton is seeking donations of non-perishable food, personal care products, cleaning supplies, paper products, baby and infant supplies, and first aid items for victims of the recent earthquake and hurricanes. Bring donations to the Tutoring and Learning Center, Rm 102 Rentschler Hall. Look for barrels and boxes to place your donations.