Review: The Infographic History of the World by Valentina D’Efilippo and James Ball

The Infographic History of the World, created by Valentina D’Efilippo and James Ball, consists of various infographics with accompanying commentaries. You can find this book and read it at Scholarly Commons, near our other infographic and visualization books! You can also check it out from a nearby library! Overall, this book is a compelling read […]

Review: Paperpile Citation Manager

Are you addicted to Google Docs and are looking for a citation manager, PDF reader, or research workflow system? Do you wish you could just cite while you write in Google docs like you do with Zotero or Mendeley in Word? Do you have an extra $36 a year to spare? Then you might want […]

Book Review: Visual Explanations by Edward R. Tufte

I recently read Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative by Edward R. Tufte. This is one of the books available for perusal in our Scholarly Commons non-circulating library. Books from our non-circulating library can be read in the Scholarly Commons, but not taken out of the room. There are four other copies of this […]

Book Review: Infographics: The Power of Visual Storytelling

Getting your content noticed int he Digital Age can be a difficult thing. Since the rise of social media, infographics have risen in popularity, becoming a popular way of sharing information. In their book Infographics: The Power of Visual Storytelling, Jason Lankow, Josh Ritchie, and Ross Crooks — cofounders of Column Five, a creative agency specializing […]

Scholarly Smackdown: Scalar vs. Omeka

Scholarly Smackdown is the Scholarly Commons’ new review series comparing popular online research tools and resources. This week we’ll be taking a look at Scalar and Omeka, resources for presenting research digitally. No scholars were harmed in the making of this column. Scalar Scalar is a content management system for creating digital books of media scholarship […]

Book Review: The Design of Everyday Things

Designer, psychologist, and respected industry expert Don Norman wants to change your life and the way you see the world and his classic book The Design of Everyday Things might just do that. This book is available for reading in the Scholarly Commons and online through the University Library Catalog. “People are flexible, versatile, and […]

Explore coding and other technical skills with free online resources

Computer programming and other technical skills are increasingly in demand, both in academia and the private sector. Fortunately, as these skills have become more central to all sectors and industries, a wide variety of resources for learning these skills have emerged. In this post, we’d like to highlight just a few resources for getting started with programming […]

Book Review: Statistics Done Wrong by Alex Reinhart

One book you can read (but not check out, sorry!) at Scholarly Commons is Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide by Alex Reinhart, an expansion of the popular website. Reinhart studied physics as an undergraduate but did a masters  in statistics after realizing problems that misunderstandings of statistics were causing in physics and science […]

Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS: An Alternative Tool for Less

If you have experience using Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS software (CAQDAS) in your research, or are considering it, then you probably know about the biggies: NVivo, ATLAS.ti, and QDA Miner, among a host of others.  You may also be familiar with the price, which can generally be prohibitive for many researchers, especially if you are a […]

Life After Google Reader

Google’s much lamented decision to pull the plug on Google Reader has produced more than petitions from frustrated users. A number of competing services have stepped into the limelight and are touting their viability as replacements. In this post, we offer a look at some of the top contenders: Feedly: Feedly is a reader with […]