Christina's LIS Rant

Archives for July, 2009

Some of these are better than others. Some don’t have nice controlled vocabularies and are a bit wonky in the free version.  Nearly all of them you can get through another interface for a fee if you need more precision in searching or to export your results. (oh, as an aside – you’ve got the…

Finding information on a topic

Previously, I had a post about finding information in books using things like Google Book Search. This post talks about finding information on a topic, or more specifically, why you should start your search with a research database and more about what research databases are (like the real ones). In a post coming up, I’ll…

Are you done yet?

Ack. NO. …Ok, well when you gonna finish? ARRRGHGH PhD students unite! Rebel against these questions! My answer – I don’t know, and it will probably be a while. Like ask me in 3-4 years. Here are some ways my program differs from others you might know more about: very linear – we do coursework,…

Testing, testing…

Is this thing on? We’re back from the upgrade.

Comps day 4

This was the last day of comps – it’s up to waiting for the results. The essays were emailed out to the readers immediately at 4pm when I finished. This day’s questions were much more attractive. First exam was Information Retrieval – a minor area. I had to pick one of three: – something about…

Welcome Dorothea!

W00t! The newest libr* Scibling is none other than Dorothea Salo at The Book of Trogool.

Comps day 3

Sigh. TGIF and TG I have 2 days free before the next 2.  I really felt like I was very, very familiar with these articles but I had a really hard time. I think when I look back on my response, I’ll see it really wanders and doesn’t make a good case. Here are the…

Comps day 2

So this was the dreaded STS. Crap. Good questions, but really, really not sure about my answers.  I did have the guts to shush people talking loudly outside the door and they gave me dirty looks. Oh well! Q 1 choice between: – relationship btwn science – technology – society. specifically, relationship btwn science and…

Comps day 1

Communication, a major area, so 4 hours to write 2 essays, in a row, without a break. (sure I could get up and get water, etc., but I didn’t want to waste time). I got there pretty early, which was good. First thing, had to get someone to open the door. The student worker at…

I’m not an expert on public understanding of science or science communication; however, I’ve certainly read enough to know that some of the statements constantly being rehashed are not only out of date, but have been repeatedly discredited through peer-reviewed empirical research. (to be fair – I, too, trotted out some of these ideas before…