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The Chronicle of Higher Education is the top source for news in post-secondary education. It brings you news stories concerning faculty, administration and technology as well as academic news from around the globe. You also have access to many blogs devoted to different aspects of the university experience and also to the forums where you can connect with people involved in higher education around the country and around the world.

As a member of the Union Institute & University community, you have complementary access to the Chronicle of Higher Education using your regular MyUnion username and password.  Note: you can ignore the subscribe/login information in the top, right-hand corner of the Chronicle website.  Creating a personal account is only needed for posting comments and subscribing to newsletters.

 

Open Access Textbooks & OER

Open-access textbooks, journals, images, videos, and other educational resources has been one of the most exciting developments in academic scholarship during the last two decades.  In response to the rising costs of academic publishing and higher education, many concerned scholars have decided to publish their work with open copyright licenses.  These open access resources are free to everyone without hindrance of subscription fees, licensing terms, logins, contracts, and other barriers.  They provide universal access to research and knowledge.

Faculty, below is a compilation of some of the most popular websites for open access textbooks and educational resources.  If you are interested in learning more about how you can incorporate these resources into your course, please let a UI&U Librarian know.  We would be happy to help.

Open Educational Resources, Open Textbooks

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.

In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons license or other permission to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

From a single point of access in OER Commons, you can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons’ growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER. -Website Description

Open Textbook Library

Subjects: Student Success, Accounting & Finance, Arts, Biology, Child and Adolescent Development, Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, History, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Health, and Sociology

The Open Textbook Network (OTN) helps higher education institutions and systems advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses. We maintain the Open Textbook Library, the premiere resource for peer-reviewed academic textbooks. All of our textbooks are free, openly licensed, and complete; their adoption creates a measurable, positive impact on student success. With our members, we move the open education conversation forward on local and national levels. -Website Description

Merlot

The MERLOT system provides access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners and researchers…The MERLOT collection consists of tens of thousands of discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder webpages, together with associated comments, and bookmark collections, all intended to enhance the teaching experience of using a learning material. All of these items have been contributed by the MERLOT member community, who have either authored the materials themselves, or who have discovered the materials, found them useful, and wished to share their enthusiasm for the materials with others in the teaching and learning community.  -Website Description

OpenCulture

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Some of our major resource collections include: 1,300 Free Online Courses from Top Universities, 1,150 Free Movies, Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc., 900 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free, 800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices, MOOCs from Great Universities (Many With Certificates), Learn 46 Languages Online for Free: Spanish, Chinese, English & More, 200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More. -Website Description

Khan Academy

Videos on math, computer programing, statistics, economics, history, grammar, biology, anthropology, and personal finance.
Website Description. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content. -Website Description

TED-Ed

TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Everything we do supports learning — from producing a growing library of original animated videos , to providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, to helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, to celebrating innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s global network of over 250,000 teachers. TED-Ed has grown from an idea worth spreading into an award-winning education platform that serves millions of teachers and students around the world every week. -Website Description

Creative Commons & Public Domain Pictures

Pictures can make a presentation or course come alive.  So how can you find pictures that are copyright-safe and freely available?  One strategy is to use pictures in the public domain or creative commons.  Public domain images are out of copyright and have no restrictions about how they can be used.  Creative commons images can be used in accordance with their creative commons license.

Popular websites for public domain images include the PublicDomainArchive and pixabay.

The Creative Commons Search is your portal to creative commons licensed images on popular websites like YouTube, Flickr, Google Images, Europeana, and Jamendo.  Creative Commons Kiwi (short video about using Creative Commons)

UI&U Library & OneSearch

While most resources in the UI&U Library are not open access, they are freely available to the UI&U Academic Community.  To access library resources, go to the library homepage and enter keywords in OneSearch.  Search results can be limited by publication date (last few years), source type (ebooks and books), and availability to “available online (full text)”.  Another strategy is to use the publisher limiter to limited to common textbook publishers such as Taylor & Francis, SAGE, Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, Oxford, Cambridge, Open Textbook Library, and University Presses.

Library Videos: academic successAfrican American studies  ●  anthropologybusiness & economics ● career & job searchchildcare ●  child & adolescent development ● criminal justiceenvironmental scienceeducation (see also Education in Video) ● Englishhealth, medicine, and wellnesshistoryleadershipliterature ● parenting & child developmentphilosophy & religion  ● political sciencepublic healthpsychology & counseling (see also Counseling & Therapy in Video and Psychotherapy.net) ● social inequality  ●  social work ●  special education ●  women’s & gender studies

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Starting Your Dissertation

Congratulations! You are nearing the end of your academic journey! Now comes the final challenge…writing your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. There are many resources that will help you to plan, research and create your culminating work. Faculty supervisors, we’ve also included a few titles for you. Your UI&U Librarians have highlighted some favorites, but there are many more dissertation handbooks in OneSearch. We welcome any suggestions from students and faculty about other ebooks that would help to improve our collection, so please let us know of any helpful and interesting titles!

 

They Say, I Say

Available in audiobook format

“The New York Times best-selling book on academic writing―in use at more than 1,500 schools.
“They Say / I Say” identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing, showing students how to frame their arguments in the larger context of what others have said and providing templates to help them make those moves.” -Publisher

Stylish Academic Writing by Helen Sword

Available in ebook and audiobook format

“Elegant data and ideas deserve elegant expression, argues Helen Sword in this lively guide to academic writing. For scholars frustrated with disciplinary conventions, and for specialists who want to write for a larger audience but are unsure where to begin, here are imaginative, practical, witty pointers that show how to make articles and books a pleasure to read―and to write. Dispelling the myth that you cannot get published without writing wordy, impersonal prose, Sword shows how much journal editors and readers welcome work that avoids excessive jargon and abstraction. Sword’s analysis of more than a thousand peer-reviewed articles across a wide range of fields documents a startling gap between how academics typically describe good writing and the turgid prose they regularly produce. Stylish Academic Writing showcases a range of scholars from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences who write with vividness and panache. Individual chapters take up specific elements of style, such as titles and headings, chapter openings, and structure, and close with examples of transferable techniques that any writer can master.” -Publisher

Writing a Proposal for Your Dissertation: Guidelines and Examples. This user-friendly guide helps students get started on–and complete–a successful doctoral dissertation proposal by accessibly explaining the process and breaking it down into manageable steps. Steven R. Terrell demonstrates how to write each chapter of the proposal, including the problem statement, purpose statement, and research questions and hypotheses; literature review; and detailed plan for data collection and analysis. Of special utility, end-of-chapter exercises serve as building blocks for developing a full draft of an original proposal. Numerous case study examples are drawn from across the social, behavioral, and health science disciplines. Appendices present an exemplary proposal written three ways to encompass quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods designs. –Publisher’s description

Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation.  Dissertations aren’t walls to scale or battles to fight; they are destinations along the path to a professional career. Destination Dissertation is a handbook that helps students successfully develop and complete their dissertations. It uses travel as a metaphor framing the process as an exciting trip of 29 steps that can be completed in less than nine months. Designed for use by students in all disciplines and for both quantitative and qualitative dissertations, the book shows concrete and efficient processes for completing those parts of the dissertation where students tend to get stuck, from conceptualizing a topic to editing the final work. It includes a wealth of real-life examples from throughout the dissertation process, such as creating the proposal and coding data. This time-tested method comes from the authors’ successful work at the Denver-based Scholars’ Retreat. –Publisher’s description

Doing a literature review by J. Knopf

Students entering a graduate program often encounter a new type of assignment that differs from the papers they had to write in high school or as college undergraduates: the literature review (also known as a critical review essay). Put briefly, a literature review summarizes and evaluates a body of writings about a specific topic. The need to conduct such reviews is by no means limited to graduate students; scholarly researchers generally carry out literature reviews throughout their research careers. In a world where the Internet has broadened the range of potentially relevant sources, however, doing a literature review can pose challenges even to an experienced researcher.In drafting this overview, I have incorporated some points made by Paul Pitman in a lecture delivered to students at the Naval Postgraduate School. I have also incorporated some suggestions contained in a handout prepared by John Odell for students in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. -Extract

 

Writing the literature review: A practical guide. by S. E. Efron & R. Ravid

This accessible text provides a roadmap for producing a high-quality literature review–an integral part of a successful thesis, dissertation, term paper, or grant proposal. Each step of searching for, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing prior studies is clearly explained and accompanied by user-friendly suggestions, organizational tips, vignettes, and examples of student work. Also featured are excerpts from peer-reviewed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods articles. This is the first book to focus on crafting different types of reviews (systematic, traditional–narrative, or hermeneutic–phenomenological) that reflect the writer’s research question, methodological choices, and approaches to knowledge. It describes what all reviews have in common and highlights distinct characteristics of each type. The book includes dos and don’ts for evaluating studies and constructing an argument, and software suggestions for locating, organizing, and arranging sources. -Publisher’s Description

 

Revising your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors.  The aftermath of graduate school can be particularly trying for those under pressure to publish their dissertations. Written with good cheer and jammed with information, this lively guide offers hard-to-find practical advice on successfully turning a dissertation into a book or journal articles that will appeal to publishers and readers. It will help prospective authors master writing and revision skills, better understand the publishing process, and increase their chances of getting their work into print. This edition features new tips and planning tables to facilitate project scheduling, and a new foreword by Sandford G. Thatcher, Director of Penn State University Press. –Publisher’s description

How to Write a Thesis By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy’s most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis -Publisher’s Description  Also Available as an Audiobook.

From Dissertation to Book. Since its publication in 2005, From Dissertation to Book has helped thousands of young academic authors get their books beyond the thesis committee and into the hands of interested publishers and general readers. Now revised and updated to reflect the evolution of scholarly publishing, this edition includes a new chapter arguing that the future of academic writing is in the hands of young scholars who must create work that meets the broader expectations of readers rather than the narrow requirements of academic committees… –Publisher’s description

 

Faculty Supervision

Making the Implicit Explicit: Creating Performance Expectations for the Dissertation Despite their and other stakeholders’ consistent demand for excellence, doctoral programs have rarely, if ever, been assessed in terms of the quality of the dissertations departments produce. Yet dissertations provide the most powerful, objective measure of the success of a department’s doctoral program. Indeed, assessment, when done properly, can help departments achieve excellence by providing insight into a program’s strengths and weaknesses. This book and the groundbreaking study on which it is based is about making explicit to doctoral students the tacit “rules” for the assessment of the final of all final educational products—the dissertation… –Publisher’s description

Understanding Supervision and the PhD. Explores the experience of supervision and the PhD, drawing on a range of key viewpoints to further understanding of this complex educational experience. –Publisher’s description

Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses. Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses is a practical, research-backed guide to creating a course that is valuable for both the student and the school. The book covers the design, administration, and teaching of capstone courses throughout the undergraduate curriculum, guiding departments seeking to add a capstone course, and allowing those who have one to compare it to others in the discipline. The ideas presented in the book are supported by regional and national surveys that help the reader understand what’s common, what’s exceptional, what works, and what doesn’t within capstone courses. -Publisher’s description

 

Additional Supervision Resources

 

 

Online Teaching

Engaging students online can be challenging.  But these challenges also create opportunities to teach with new approaches.  The library has compiled a selected bibliography of online teaching and pedagogy e-books.  The ebooks below can be read by copying & pasting the title into OneSearch.  If you have a favorite title you would like to see on this list, please let us know.

five people celebrating success with a fist bump

Excellent Online Teaching: Effective Strategies for a Successful Semester Online by Johnson 2017

Online Learning in Higher Education by Ghilay 2017

Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching: How to “Be There” for Distance Learners by Lehman and Conceição 2010

Discussion-Based Online Teaching to Enhance Student Learning:  Theory, Practice and Assessment by Bender 2012

The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips by Boettcher & Conrad 2016

Digital Technologies in Higher Education: Sweeping Expectations and Actual Effects by Guri-Rozenblit 2009

 

Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the top source for news in post-secondary education. It brings you news stories of concerning faculty, administration and technology as well as academic news from around the global. You also have access to many blogs devoted to different aspects of the university experience (admissions, scholarly publishing or building and grounds) and also to the forums where you can connect with people involved in higher education around the country and around the world.

The UI&U Library provides access to the Chronicle without the additional step of logging on through the library. Simply go to chronicle.com. In the upper right hand corner, click log in. (Don’t subscribe! We’ve done that for you!).  Then create a free account using your Union email.  Please contact a librarian if you have questions or need assistance.

Select login link in top, right corner.

Publish Your Work

You’ve finished the work, and you’re proud of it (as you should be!). But then you begin to wonder: now how do I get this thing published?

Whether you’re looking to sharpen your work through revision, focus on the craft of writing, learn the ins and outs of academic publishing, or focus on online writing, the UI&U Library has you covered. Below is a sample selection of titles to help you polish–and perhaps even publish–your work. For further assistance in accessing similar titles, please feel free to contact us.

Academic Publishing

  • From Dissertation to Book by Germano
  • The academic writer’s toolkit by Berger
  • Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious About Serious Books by Germano
  • Writing for Academic Journals by Murray
  • The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing by Rocco
  • View All Academic Publishing Ebooks in OneSearch

Mainstream Publishing

  • Indie Design: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book edited by Lupton
  • Book Publishing Encyclopedia: Tips & Resources for Authors and Publishers by Poynter
  • The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories from Authors and the Editors, Agents, and Booksellers Behind Them by Hill and Power
  • Publishing Confidential: The Insider’s Guide to What it Really Takes to Land a Nonfiction Book Deal by Brown
  • View All Publishing Ebooks in OneSearch

Ebook on a laptop

Stay Current with Journals in your Field

Reading the top journals in your field is a great way to stay up-to-date, and the library is full of free, peer-reviewed journals!

Popular journals in the library’s collection include: Academy of Management Review, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Signs, Journal of Human Lactation, Police Chief, Research on Social Work Practice, and the American Political Science Review.

The library collection even includes popular magazines such as Oprah, The Smithsonian, and Consumer Reports.

Your librarians are ready to help you find the right journals for you, and to set-up alerts so new issues are delivered straight to your inbox!  There is also a journals alert tutorial in the library’s help center with journal suggestions and instructions for creating an alert.

Sticky Notes

Dissertation, Thesis & Faculty Handbooks

Congratulations!  You are nearing the end of your academic journey! Now comes the final challenge…writing your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. The UI&U Library has many resources that will help you to plan, research and create your culminating work. Faculty supervisors, we’ve also included a few titles for you.  Your UI&U Librarians have highlighted some favorites, but there are many more theses and dissertation handbooks in OneSearch.

We welcome any suggestions from students and faculty about other ebooks that would help to improve our collection, so please let us know of any helpful and interesting titles!

How to Write a Thesis (Masters) How to Write a Thesis [by Rowena Murray] provides an invaluable resource to help students consider, plan and write their theses. The third edition of this best-selling and well loved book builds on the success of the second edition. –Publisher’s description

How to Write a Thesis (Doctoral) By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy’s most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis — from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic… -Publisher’s Description

Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation (Doctoral) Dissertations aren’t walls to scale or battles to fight; they are destinations along the path to a professional career. Destination Dissertation is a handbook that helps students successfully develop and complete their dissertations. It uses travel as a metaphor framing the process as an exciting trip of 29 steps that can be completed in less than nine months. Designed for use by students in all disciplines and for both quantitative and qualitative dissertations, the book shows concrete and efficient processes for completing those parts of the dissertation where students tend to get stuck, from conceptualizing a topic to editing the final work. It includes a wealth of real-life examples from throughout the dissertation process, such as creating the proposal and coding data. This time-tested method comes from the authors’ successful work at the Denver-based Scholars’ Retreat. –Publisher’s description

Revising your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors (Doctoral) The aftermath of graduate school can be particularly trying for those under pressure to publish their dissertations. Written with good cheer and jammed with information, this lively guide offers hard-to-find practical advice on successfully turning a dissertation into a book or journal articles that will appeal to publishers and readers. It will help prospective authors master writing and revision skills, better understand the publishing process, and increase their chances of getting their work into print. This edition features new tips and planning tables to facilitate project scheduling, and a new foreword by Sandford G. Thatcher, Director of Penn State University Press. –Publisher’s description

Making the Implicit Explicit: Creating Performance Expectations for the Dissertation (Faculty) Despite their and other stakeholders’ consistent demand for excellence, doctoral programs have rarely, if ever, been assessed in terms of the quality of the dissertations departments produce. Yet dissertations provide the most powerful, objective measure of the success of a department’s doctoral program. Indeed, assessment, when done properly, can help departments achieve excellence by providing insight into a program’s strengths and weaknesses. This book and the groundbreaking study on which it is based is about making explicit to doctoral students the tacit “rules” for the assessment of the final of all final educational products—the dissertation… –Publisher’s description

Understanding Supervision and the PhD (Faculty) Explores the experience of supervision and the PhD, drawing on a range of key viewpoints to further understanding of this complex educational experience. –Publisher’s description

Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses (Faculty) Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses is a practical, research-backed guide to creating a course that is valuable for both the student and the school. The book covers the design, administration, and teaching of capstone courses throughout the undergraduate curriculum, guiding departments seeking to add a capstone course, and allowing those who have one to compare it to others in the discipline. The ideas presented in the book are supported by regional and national surveys that help the reader understand what’s common, what’s exceptional, what works, and what doesn’t within capstone courses. -Publisher’s description

 

Additional Supervision Resources

 

 

Pictures for Courses & Presentations

Pictures can make a presentation or course come alive.  So how can you find pictures that are copyright-safe and freely available?

One strategy is to use pictures in the public domain or creative commons.  Public domain images are out of copyright and have no restrictions about how they can be used.  Creative commons images can be used in accordance with their creative commons license.

Popular websites for public domain images include the PublicDomainArchive and pixabay.

The Creative Commons Search is your portal to creative commons licensed images on popular websites like YouTube, Flickr, Google Images, Europeana, and Jamendo.

Open-Access Textbooks

The UI&U Library has added the SUNY Open Textbook collection to OneSearch.

“Open SUNY Textbooks is an open-access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York (SUNY) libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants. All EDS customers may search Open SUNY Textbooks in EDS and access free full text on the SUNY platform” -EBSCO

This is a small collection of 25 titles right now; you can view them all here: http://textbooks.opensuny.org/browse/. The full text custom link will take our patrons to the Open SUNY website where they can download the book. All of the items in this collection are listed as ebooks in EBSCO. You can choose Open SUNY as a database/content provider limiter.

Open Access Textbooks are also available at:OPEN SUNY Textbooks logo

Predatory Publishers

Are you planning on publishing?  Then you should be aware that not all academic publishers are reputable.  One helpful tool in avoiding shady publishers is Beall’s List.  Jeffrey Beall is a University of Colorado Librarian who maintains a list of “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.”

Here is Beall’s List of publishers to avoid.

To find reputable open access journals in your field, search the Directory of Open Access Journals.