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December 2001 Web News

Favorite Web Sites: Writing Style Guides

The web sites featured this month have been critically evaluated and selected by the IU Northwest librarians as well as a group of academic and public librarians across the United States who compile a yearly Best Free Reference Web Sites List  for the American Library Association  . Here is a list of selection criteria initially created by the MARS Best Free Websites Task Force to choose these sites. The Library hopes our readers will find these web sites useful for locating reliable, accurate and authoritative information on the Internet.

This well organized web site produced by librarians at Indiana University Bloomington features online handouts on such topics as citing electronic sources in MLA and APA style and evaluating traditional print and web information resources. These documents are available in HTML, PDF and Microsoft Word formats. The web page also provides valuable links to instructional resources from IU Bloomington's Writing Tutorial Services web site. Some of these online documents include citing sources in MLA and APA style, how to write a thesis statement, plagiarism, using outlines, writing book reviews and creating resumes and cover letters.

NoodleTools combines NoodleBib, an interactive MLA-style bibliography composer, and NoodleQuest, a multiple-choice template of questions to develop appropriate search strategies for a research project. Another section called NoodleLinks is a "database of academic bibliographies" that appears to be in the formative stage and NoodleBoard is a group of forums where users can ask questions and share ideas. NoodleBib has an extensive list of citation types (31 items) including electronic formats. The NoodleQuest form asks the user questions that address the type of information sought and the level of the user's expertise. The user chooses the options and obtains guidance as to where to start in a search for information on the internet. NoodleQuest is a great tool for the novice or younger user who needs help getting started on research and NoodleBib certainly simplifies the process of creating a MLA-style bibliography. (Summary used with permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

Online! provides citation styles for the total range of online information: World Wide Web site, Email message, Web discussion forum posting, Listserv message, Newsgroup message, Real-time communication, Telnet, FTP, and gopher sites. Detailed descriptions and examples of each are given for MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style, and CBE. The guide is quite helpful in defining distinctions between citing the whole site versus citing one page or part of a site, citing personal versus professional sites. The various types of web publications are clearly explained. This site would be most useful for students of all ages working on papers that involve the vast and varied elements of the online environment. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

The Sources web site was prepared for the instruction and use of Dartmouth undergraduate students and is set up so that it can be used as a handbook to consult when writing papers. The preface includes an excellent discussion of why the student must cite sources, with clear examples of the different kinds of plagiarism. Quotes from Dartmouth's Student Handbook make the point even more clearly. The large "Examples" section demonstrates the format for bibliographies and footnotes, following the APA, MLA and Science citation styles, as well as MLA's note style. A bibliography of resources is provided for those wishing to use other styles. There is a good alphabetical site index as well as a table of contents. A FAQ section provides some examples of special problems, such as works of art and computer programs. It is important to note that electronic sources are well represented in this very useful writing resource. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

IU Northwest Library Staff Professional Accomplishments

Jacqueline Cheairs, Lois Libauskas and Corona Wiley all received CWA Merit Awards at the IU Northwest 2001 Convocation held on September 10. At the same ceremony, Arena Stevens and Carol Rusinek were recognized for 20 and 10 years of service respectively to the University.

Cindy Szymanski, Associate Librarian and Head of Systems Services was elected District 1 Chair for 2002 at the Indiana Library Federation's District 1 Conference held at the University of Notre Dame on October 2.

In July, Ellen Bosman, Associate Librarian and Head of Technical Services presented Creating the User Friendly Library with Signs to the Church and Synagogue Library Association and presented the same speech in October to the Evangelical Church Library Association. On October 2 at the Indiana Library Federation's District 1 Conference, she also presented the program, Who Put Moses and Jesus in the Stacks?: Using the Internet to Develop Religious Collections. The speech was based on her web site, Selection Sources for Congregational Libraries which was featured in Publishers Weekly's Religion Bookline on November 6, 2001.

Felicia Young, Assistant Librarian at the Medical Education Library presented two programs in October. First, on October 2, she gave a speech entitled How to Evaluate Health Information Found on the World Wide Web at the ILF District 1 Conference. Then on October 3 as part of the IU School of Medicine's Mini Medical School seminar series, she presented the program Using the Internet to Answer Your Health Questions at Lake County Public Library.

The Best Free Web Sites: Third Annual List compiled by the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) Best Web Sites Task Force was recently published in the Fall 2001 issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly ( vol. 41, no.1, p.37-44). Carol Rusinek, Reference Services Librarian is a member of this Reference and User Services Division Task Force of 14 librarians from various types of libraries throughout the United States who selected and critically evaluated the top 32 reference web sites for 2001. This list can also be found at the American Library Association's MARS web site at .

Steve McShane, Librarian and Curator/Archivist of the Calumet Regional Archives recently reviewed Richard Cox's new book,  Closing an Era: Historical Perspectives on Modern Archives and Records Management. This book review will be published in the upcoming issue of  Archival Issues: The Journal of the Midwest Archives Conference In addition to the book review, Steve also gave several speeches during the Fall Semester. In September, he made two presentations on the history of the South Shore Line's marketing campaign in the 1920's. The first conference was the first-ever Symposium on Railroad History, sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society. The second conference was the IU Cornelius O'Brien Conference on Historic Preservation held in South Bend. Finally, in October, he served on a panel at the Midwest Archives Conference's fall meeting in Indianapolis. He spoke about his experience in conducting research and publication as a "lone arranger" (i.e. an archivist working by himself in a full-time archival repository).

, Library News Web Editor