Tuesday, January 16, 2018

iThenticate – Pilot to Evaluate Software

The University Libraries, in partnership with the Office of Research & Economic Development, is offering faculty the opportunity to evaluate iThenticate, a software created by iParadigms, also the creator of the student focused Turnitin plagiarism detection software. While Turnitin was created primarily to detect potential plagiarism in student papers, the value of iThenticate is meant to assist academic authors in avoiding plagiarism and copyright infringement when preparing items for publication.
  • Submitted documents are compared to content found on the Internet, and to more than 40 million published research articles from 590+ global scientific, technical and medical publishers
  • Examples of documents best served by iThenticate are articles for scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, and other publications; research documents; proposals (for grants, government or non-profit); manuscripts; business reports & financial analyses
  • Uploaded documents remain the proprietary property of the individual who submitted them for analysis and are not added to any other database.
Members of the University community wishing to participate in this pilot must agree to a confidential, mediated review of their submission with Library faculty. Please fill out the iThenticate Request Form. Once the form is submitted, a library faculty member will contact you and work with you through the iThenticate evaluation process. Contact the University Libraries at ask-a-question@unl.edu for additional information or questions. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

UNL digital history project reviewed in top academic journal


The Journal of American History, one of the top academic journals in the field, published a favorable review in the December 2017 issue on the digital history project, O Say Can You See: Early Washington, D.C., Law & Family.

The project is jointly produced by University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and Professor of History and John and Catherine Angle Professor in the Humanities, William G. Thomas.

O Say Can You See is an invaluable resource for historians, genealogists, and scholars. It explores multigenerational black, white, and mixed family networks in early Washington, D.C., by collecting, digitizing, making accessible, and analyzing thousands of case files from the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, Maryland state courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

The review states, “At each level of the work, the project team has enhanced the materials to enable more fruitful historical analysis, and the result is a model of good digital history work.”

The CDRH project team includes Kaci Nash, Laura Weakly, Jessica Dussault, and Karin Dalziel.
Nash says of the project, “In the past five years, O Say Can You See has grown in size and scope into something that is historically relevant, adding a new dimension to our understanding of the social and legal world of early Washington, D.C. In particular, the petition for freedom cases offer a rich source material for uncovering the individual experiences of enslaved people and families."

Explore the project here:

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

LexisNexis Academic Changed to Nexis Uni

LexisNexis, a popular database that provides online content in the areas of news, business, and law has changed its name and format. Starting for January 1, 2018, Nexis Uni will replace it and include new functions that can personalize and customize your researching experience.Try Nexis Uni now!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New Medical Database Visible Body Now Available Through UNCL

Introducing Visible Body, a new interactive database available to the university community

What makes Visible Body unique? Not only is it the largest online database of accurate medical visualizations across seven different languages, the models are three-dimensional. Students and faculty now have access to more than 4,000 medically accurate anatomical structures developed by leading medically trained illustrators and vetted by leading anatomists. Pretty cool, right?
If that wasn’t enough, instructors can even assign self-grading lab activities and other exercises from Visible Body to students, making life easier for both faculty and TAs. Professors can make notes in the system and have the ability to download and “mark up” the images for lectures and presentations. Visible Body also saves browsing history and allows professors to link images to textbooks, making access easy for students. Students can also use the hundreds of quizzes found in the database to reinforce the material from their classes and help them retain information.

Visible Body includes specialty modules for the following sections:
  • Human Anatomy Atlas
  • Physiology Animations
  • Heart and Circulatory System
  • Muscles
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Anatomy and Function
Access to Visible Body is made possible by the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL).  

Visit visiblebody.com to take advantage of this powerful database today. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Life-Sized Replicas of Terracotta Soldiers in the Engineering Library

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Confucius Institute has “stationed” life-sized replicas of two life-sized  figures in the Engineering Library. The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. For centuries, occasional reports mentioned pieces of terracotta figures and fragments of the Qin necropolis – roofing tiles, bricks and chunks of masonry. This discovery prompted Chinese archaeologists to investigate, revealing the largest pottery figurine group ever found in China. Be sure to stop by and see the replicas in the Engineering Library.