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Open House at Hodges Library, Aug. 22 & Aug. 25

Hodges Library will hold open house twice during the first week of classes. Open house for undergraduates will be Tuesday, August 22. Drop by our Undergraduate Carnival on the second floor, 1:00-3:00 p.m., to pick up some swag along with helpful tips on using library services and resources.

Graduate students are invited to an open house on Friday, August 25, 2:00-3:30 p.m., on the second floor of Hodges Library. Graduate students: Meet your department’s subject librarian and learn more about resources in your field. Learn how the library supports your research and teaching. Learn about citation management tools like Zotero and EndNote. Register for interlibrary loan and Library Express delivery. Bring your laptop and activate your wireless account. Join us for refreshments and door prizes.

Best Practices in Publishing Program for Graduate Students

***Registration full! Stay tuned for a similar opportunity in spring.***

The Best Practices in Publishing program provides opportunities to discuss research and publishing-related issues with graduate students from across the university. Over seven sessions in the fall, a range of topics will be introduced and discussed with campus experts, including experienced faculty.

The BPIP program will be limited to 30 students. Sessions will be Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m. The workshop schedule (subject to change of topics each week) is:

  • Sept. 5 — Publishing: The Long Journey (A Panel Discussion)
  • Sept. 12 — Authorship Decisions and Concerns
  • Sept. 19 — Plagiarism, Research Misconduct, and Other Ethical Considerations
  • Sept 26 — Citation Management
  • Oct. 3 — Copyright and Ownership
  • Oct. 10 — How (and Where) to Publish
  • Oct. 17 — Wrap-Up, Reception and Certificate Presentations

Participants will be required to attend and submit reflections and critiques of each session. In addition, participants will be required to participate in discussions and question-and-answer sessions. You must attend all sessions to receive the certificate. An anonymous submission form will allow participants to submit questions of a sensitive nature ahead of time so speakers will be able to discuss real concerns.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your participation in the program; this certificate should be a welcome addition to the dossier that you will need in applying for faculty positions and/or for retention/promotion.

Registration opens Tuesday, August 15, at 9 a.m. The link to register is here: (The link will not be live until 8/15.)

“Station Eleven” Escape Room Game Is Open to All

The “Station Eleven” escape room adventure is part of the Class of 2021’s first taste of college. Students in First-Year Studies 100 are strongly encouraged to play the escape room game. But all UT students, staff, and faculty are invited to give it a try!

The “Station Eleven” adventure, in the Mary E. Greer Room (258 Hodges Library), will be open August 19 through September 1, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day in 30 minute increments. Register here (UT NetID required). Registration begins August 14.

Clues for the escape room game are based on this year’s Life of the Mind reading, the science fiction novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Even if you haven’t read the book, you can still play the game. Reading the book gives you a competitive edge.

The “Station Eleven” escape room, built by Escape Game Knoxville, is co-sponsored by the UT Libraries and First-Year Studies.

If you have questions about the escape room, contact librarian Ingrid Ruffin, at

#UTKLibPets: Meet Nymeria!

UT Libraries is excited to introduce #UTKLibPets! Follow UTKLibraries on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or our blog to meet the beloved pets of library staff. Tag @utklibraries to share your adorable pet photos, or for an extra challenge, snap a photo of your pet sporting UT orange!

Name: Nymeria

Breed: Siberian Husky

Age: 18 months

Likes: Shredding paper, playing in water, eating socks, chasing anything that moves

Dislikes: Being ignored!

What she does all day: Looks out the window (and makes messes shredding paper and spilling water from her bowl)

Heroes: Nymeria (direwolf from Game of Thrones) and Matthew Smith

One word: Beautiful

Owner: Grand-Dog of Rita Smith, Administration

Try our new OneSearch interface!

The UT Libraries has been working hard this year on a brand new OneSearch interface. 

Do you ever wonder WHAT you’re searching (just UT’s collections? other electronic resources?) or how to perform a more targeted or more comprehensive search? The new OneSearch interface can help. The interface has a much cleaner design and improved functionality, along with being easier to use and navigate. 

Please take a look and try it out here. On Tuesday, July 25, the main OneSearch box on the homepage will be permanently switched to the new interface.
We would love to hear your feedback on the new design and also anything we can do to improve it.  Please use the “Feedback” link on the lower right side of the screen to let us know what you think.  

Database Trial: Rights, Action and Social Responsibility

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Public debates surrounding climate change, international relations, and human rights are at the forefront of our national discourse.  Critical reasoning, supported through academic research, is needed.

As a result, several academic publishers are making freely available books and journal articles across nine topical areas in the Rights, Action and Social Responsibility database.  Broadening access to this scholarship enables more people to address these issues in an informed manner:

  • Constitutional history
  • Dissent, truth, and ethics
  • Environmental studies
  • Gender studies
  • Geo-politics
  • Human rights
  • Immigration and urbanism
  • Islamic studies
  • Leadership

This database trial is available through December 2017.  Please send feedback about the database to Molly Royse at

Publish in PeerJ to Increase your Research Impact

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Researchers: Who reads your work and who are you intending to reach in publishing your research?

Researchers want their work read so that they can solicit feedback and the research can make a difference, either in the field or in wider society.

Here are four ways publishing in PeerJ can help you reach a broader audience:

  1. Publishing in an open access journal like PeerJ (as opposed to a subscription-based journal available behind a paywall) allows for your work to be read by new readers.  Research behind a paywall creates a barrier to views and wider attention.
  2. Over 32,000 researchers have subscribed to PeerJ’s content alerts, which means your work is being shared directly with an interested and engaged community.
  3. PeerJ promotes your research through its blog, social media, and custom infographics.
  4. PeerJ is a broad community journal – not a hyper-specialized, niche community journal, but instead a community of shared values that puts researchers first and values interdisciplinary collaboration.

PeerJ’s peer review process is rigorous and transparent, so you can expect high-quality research and a review process updated for the 21st century scholar.

Interested in publishing in PeerJ?  Sign up for Pendergrass Library’s institutional plan to cover the cost of publishing and see which UT researchers have already published in PeerJ.  You can also volunteer to serve as a peer reviewer with PeerJ’s reviewer match.

For more information, see PeerJ’s recent blog posts on impact and audience.

Kanopy: Streaming Videos on Agriculture & More

Watch streaming videos on or off campus with Kanopy!

Kanopy offers over 26,000 titles including award-winning documentaries from PBS and BBC, foreign films, training videos, and more.

Browse by subject to view films on agriculture topics such as sustainability, GMOs, urban farming, and food production.

Instructors can create playlists of videos to stream for class use.

Visit Kanopy:

Check out UT Libraries’ other streaming databases:

For assistance creating video clips, embedding videos in a Canvas course, and more:

Share your Data to Improve Research Quality and Reliability

The University of Tennessee’s Research Data Policy states that “the University promotes the prompt and open exchange of Research Data with scientific colleagues outside the investigator’s immediate laboratory or department, subject to relevant grants, contracts, other agreements, or applicable law.”

Would anyone other than you want to use your research data?  Yes, they would!  If it’s worth analyzing, it’s worth sharing.  Here are some possible reasons you might want to share your data:

  • Improved data quality and reliability
  • New research from existing data
  • More data available for research
  • Ability to reproduce research results
  • Use of data in teaching
  • Compliance with legal requirements of funding agencies

The UT Libraries suggests sharing data sets in a suitable, domain-specific data repository.  Libraries staff can assist you in identifying the best one and guide you in preparing your data set for sharing.  Remember to place a record of the data set in UT’s digital archive, TRACE, so it can be associated with the University.

For more information, visit the Libraries’ data management guide and agriculture data guide.

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