Questions about libraries, librarians, and the resources and services they provide.

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What exactly are academic librarians?

My apologies for the title of this question, but I didn't know how to turn it. The fact is this is actually a set of many small questions. I have completed my postgraduate studies in France where, ...
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Experience with DeepDyve group plan?

I am currently looking for alternatives / provisional solutions to traditional journal subscriptions. The research institute (200+ researchers) I am working at has contracts with all the big players ...
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What do the anglo-saxons use as “soggettario”? [closed]

A soggettario (in Italian) is simply a list of subject headings: it's a kind of thesaurus, used both as manual/tool for cataloguing and for browsing subjects and finding all books in a certain subject ...
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What are some formal methods in measuring socio-economic impact or broader impact of research topic or individual research papers?

One of the major criteria for NSF grant are "broader impacts" (likewise with other funding agencies). In recent years, Altmetrics and similar tools and indexes have been devised to measure impact ...
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Reference for annual journal subscription costs paid per university?

Is there any resource that lists how much each university pay in journal subscription fees? I am mostly interested in US universities (E.g. Harvard: $3.5M/year in 2014).
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How should I ask for library services for literature review?

Early on the research planning process, I would like to make use of the services offered by public libraries. Including online library services, what is the best way they could help a student ...
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Paths to specialize in antique book and manuscript conservation and handling

I am not sure whether this is the best place to field this question but I assume Academia is a reasonable fit. If someone is interested, initially as a hobby, in the collecting, cataloguing, ...
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Do all US schools provide the same access to e-journal resources?

I recently took courses from several different schools, with different semesters in different parts of the US. When visiting the schools' library Web sites, I noticed that each offered a similar ...
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Can call numbers differ between libraries?

Suppose you have two libraries that use the same classification system and have not merged their respective databases. Could it be possible that the exact same book could be assigned different call ...
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Some collection of students' theses or dissertations

I want to looking for information in graduating level. Is there any collection or library which provide students' theses or dissertations of many universities? Googling just find library for each ...
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Fastest way to browse journal papers (from Web of Science)?

The search engine which I typically use to browse journal papers is WebofScience. It allows me to sort by times cited, and check out who cited what. The problem is that to get to the actual article ...
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How do I find or request a copy of someone's thesis if this person did their work in mainland China?

I hope this question is appropriate for the forum here. I was hoping to locate and read a thesis outside of the United States, specifically for someone who went to a reputable University in mainland ...
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How to get access to university resources after graduation?

I'll get a B.S. in math this December and (hopefully) go to graduate school next fall. In the coming spring semester, I will stay around my undergraduate institution (in the U.S.), auditing classes, ...
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Has anyone heard of the “Central Library of Medicine Foundation”?

I recently got a request for an article I'm a coauthor on, which reads: Dear Dr. NAME REMOVED: My name is Victoria Hornos and I am contacting you on behalf of the Central Library of ...
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How can I get copies of library of congress's archival manuscripts?

I require photocopies of "Archival Manuscript/Mixed Formats" from the Library of Congress. They have a collection from one author which has otherwise unpublished technical documents that are very ...
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Do community colleges have good math libraries?

Do community colleges have good mathematics libraries (with advanced books)? I am sure that it is different from place to place. I am interested to get some feeling of the general situation.
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Where can I borrow books that my own university's library doesn't have?

I need a book for my teaching and/or research, but my university's library doesn't have this book. I don't think I'll use it enough to justify spending money out of my own pocket to own it. What ...