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John Heintz

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, News & Events

Database Trial: Statista

The Libraries are trialing a database called Statista through the month of February. Statista contains statistical data, graphics, and reports from many global sources. You can view an overview video and see other tutorials here.

Statista is organized into individual data series, which are then tagged into categories under the “Statistics” tab. Each individual data series displays a graphic, and users can toggle between line chart, bar graph, and data table displays. Graphics and data can be downloaded in .png, .pdf, .xls, and .ppt file formats. Each series includes a brief source citation and link out to a source document. Statista allows users to switch language displays among English, German, Spanish, and French.

The Reports section might be Statista’s richest. These items pull together a series of related statistics in useful ways, often providing PDF and PowerPoint downloads of the entire topical collection. Categories of reports include:

  • Dossiers (topical summaries of issues, e.g. Crime in the U.S., Global Health, Oil and Gasoline Prices, dossiers on major companies, etc.)
  • Industry Reports
  • Country Reports
  • Toplists (Rankings of companies and financial data in Excel reports, e.g. Top 50 Global Car Makes)
  • Outlook Reports (“All essential data on a given market in the digital and consumer goods sector;” e.g. Hot Drinks; eTravel–Online Booking)
  • Surveys
  • Market Studies

The Libraries have other sources of statistical data like Statistical Abstract of the United States, Data-Planet Statistical Datasets, and Simply Analytics. Users may find Statista’s user interface simple and attractive, and it’s emphasis on attractive graphics and grouping together related statistics useful, as well as its extensive commercial data. Many of the statistics provided are single-year or for a small span of years. While some time series are provided, I wouldn’t consider it a strength.

Please try out the database and send comments to John Heintz, jpheintz@stthomas.edu, 651-962-4646.

Sample graphic from Statista

Libraries, News & Events

The Skeleton Dance

One of my seasonal favorites, as we prepare for Halloween: The Skeleton Dance.

“As we hear the chimes at midnight and bats flutter from a belfry; as a hound howls at the full moon and black cats brawl on the tombstones; Through the gloom, white skeletons pass, Running and leaping in their shrouds!” (Walt Disney Animation Studios).

The Skeleton Dance

News & Events

Research Online Usage Report

Here is the latest usage report for UST Research Online, the university’s online scholarly research repository.

Monthly Readership Totals:
Last month, UST Research Online had 11249 full-text downloads and 23 new submissions were posted, bringing the total works in the repository to 1566.
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota scholarship was read by 1534 institutions across 146 countries.

The most popular papers were:
A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experiences of Elementary Principals Involved in Dual-Career Relationships with Children (537 downloads)

Factors Influencing Student Placement Decisions in Elementary School Assignments (500 downloads)

The sky’s the limit: An activity for teaching project management: an experiential learning activity (347 downloads)

The most popular publications were:
University of St. Thomas Law Journal (3614 downloads)

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Leadership (2233 downloads)

Professional Psychology Doctoral Projects (1562 downloads)

 

See the Dashboard for user maps, institution & country download counts, referrers, etc.

USTRO download map

Archbishop Ireland Library, Charles J. Keffer Library, Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Libraries website launches

You may have noticed by now that our new Libraries website launched last night. We’ve moved our web content into a template that incorporates the University’s new web styles.  The look and feel is quite different, but the structure of the site is largely the same, so most of the features you’re used to seeing are roughly in the same place.

We now move on to “reskinning” many of the associated web applications you’ve likely used in the past: Research & Course Guides, the Get It and Journals A-Z pages, EZ Proxy login, Interlibrary Loan, and some others.  This will take a few days, and you may notice some minor hiccups as the systems are changed. If you run into difficulties getting pages to appear or function properly, try the following:

  • refresh your browser window
  • wait a few minutes and try again
  • contact us via Ask A Librarian

Sorry in advance for any inconvenience you may experience during this transition period. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 2-5018 or jpheintz@stthomas.edu.

John Heintz
Associate Director for Digital Initiatives

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Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries

Oxford Online Products Down

OxfordWe’ve just been notified that all of our Oxford University Press databases are out of commission for the time being.

Their tech support reports:
“We apologize for the error.
We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our sites.
We ask that you please try again later and we will update you as soon as we have been told that the error is corrected.

Sincerely,

Customer Support – Online Products
Oxford University Press”

We’ll post an “all clear” message when we can.

News & Events

Group Study Room Bookings now require user confirmation

Effective 5/11/2015, users of our group study rooms must confirm their online reservation within 30 minutes by clicking on a link on the confirmation email you will receive after submitting the booking request.  Only valid UST email addresses will receive the confirmation emails.

We’re taking this additional step to deal with certain abuses of the system and to ensure a fair distribution of the available group study spaces.

If you have questions, feel free to contact John Heintz via email or at 651-962-5018.

Group study booking form

 

News & Events

UST Authors Shine Nationally via UST Research Online

Did you know that UST has an institutional repository where faculty and student research is showcased?  Did you know that the papers displayed there are highly discoverable online and are being viewed by scholars across the country?

I was just notified that our content is among the most popular in the country in the Digital Commons Network, which contains over a million works from 358 institutions.  Digital Commons is the vendor that hosts our repository, UST Research Online.  At last count, we have 1,016 papers available, which have been downloaded over a quarter of a million times, 134,797 in the last year alone.  This content is aggregated into the national Digital Commons Network, who aggregate the papers into common disciplinary combinations based on the content, which helps researchers discover new content and new scholars.

Disciplines where our researchers shined in September 2014 included:

Congratulations to all of our authors for this impressive performance!  If you go to either the Digital Commons Network or UST Research Online, you can use the discipline wheel (pictured below) to explore the content, or search and browse using other tools.

I’d be remiss in not recognizing the efforts of my recently retired colleague, Linda Hulbert, who was the brainchild and primary architect of conceiving our repository and working with the departments to get content loaded.

If you have any questions about the repository, please let me know.  (John Heintz, jpheintz@stthomas.edu, 2-5018).

Digital Commons Network