Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Trending in Scholarly Communications

Throughabout_Rotonde_Verkeersbord_3The Catholic University of America, as a campus community is engaged in the work of scholarly communication – the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. In April, CUA will be celebrating scholarly communications and research by sponsoring its’ first campus wide Research Day! Be there!

The Scholarly Kitchen is a blog sponsored by the Society of Scholarly Publishing (SSP.) In January 2016, the blog highlighted scholarly communications trends.  What Do You See On The Horizon For Scholarly Publishing In 2016?

Some of the trends to pay attention to:

  • Impact metrics
  • Author’s Rights – what does that CC BY really mean? New authoring innovations from publishers.
  • Rise of Gold OA, and not enough information about Green OA
  • Innovative  growth due to technology – Open Library of the Humanities
  • ORCID at tipping point – SHARE and CHORUS growth

Judy Luther introduces new tools to check out.

“Up till now Google Scholar has been the primary discovery tool for OA and paid scholarly content.  This may change with the launch of two new services: ACI, which indexes and hosts 10,000 curated scholarly blogs and 1Science , which indexes all OA peer reviewed articles wherever they are found. “

Alice Meadows discusses one of the more succinct wishes for scholarly communications may be that it is acknowledged as essential.

“Last but not least I hope this will be the year when we start to collectively acknowledge the importance of sustainability in scholarly communications and begin building some consensus around what that means — both for commercial and nonprofit organizations.”

The CUA Librarians offer a scholarly communications module for instruction which includes discussion of open access and tools every scholar should be using. Please contact Kim Hoffman for more information.

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: E-book Readers as Digital Tools

Beyond just reading, you may want use the digital tools embedded into e-book readers. The e-book platform ebrary has a new look and options. Please see the “Playlist” feature in the upper left corner of the video below and pull down to see the chapters: ebrary New Reader Overview, ebrary New Reader Downloading and ebrary New Reader – Annotations, Highlights and Bookmarks.

See this link for demonstration using a CUA e-book Chronology of the Crusades by Timothy Venning and Peter Frankopan (2015.) [Off campus link here]


This youtube link.
For more help from ebrary: ebrary – Search, Find and Use EBooks: About
For more help on all CUA e-books: E-Books guide

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: The Tools, They Keep A-Changin’!

Sing along with me…the tools, they are a-changin’! Information management is a skill every researcher should practice. To be proficient at research, it helps to use digital tools.

Digital tools are essential for digital scholars.  Citation managers, or reference managers, are one of the basic tools used by librarians, faculty and students.

There are many citation manager products. It doesn’t matter which one you use – but use one! Many citation managers have the same functions. Citation managers allow you to save citation information (from online catalogs, databases, journals and web sites) as you search; organize citations into folders to share citations with group members or faculty; and create bibliographies. Many citation managers insert references while you are writing.

Again, it doesn’t matter which citation manager you use – use one! It is easy to import and export citations from one to another if you need to change reference managers. See this page from the University of Minnesota comparing citation managers or, see what the APA recommends.

CUA offers citation managers through the Guides, Tutorials and Tools link. One of the citation managers is RefWorks. This product is now in a new iteration. You may have used Legacy RefWorks, and now will begin the transition to New RefWorks. [Note: both will work for this semester! See RefWorks at CUA.] For more on RefWorks see video tutorials from the RefWorks Community. RefWorks help is available from the ProQuest RefWorks LibGuide. Sign up for RefWorks webinars.






Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Keeping up! BrowZine now on the web!


It’s digital tools January! A new semester requires a new focus on how we get our jobs done.

How does a researcher keep up with ideas, innovations and industry? They read the scholarly literature – usually available in journal or pdf format.

Researchers at CUA may search across platforms using the SearchBox; or they may use digital tools like Feedly for RSS feeds; or they may sign up for TOC alerts in email.

Since 2013, the digital tool BrowZine has been available for mobile computing across tablets, iPads and Smart Phones. Now, BrowZine is adding a web platform! Continue reading “Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Keeping up! BrowZine now on the web!”

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Put a Bow on a Science Book this Christmas!

Reading about all the books published in 2015, and then giving them as gifts is a joyful, seasonal pursuit!

Some of the best science books published in 2015 include:

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. An award-winning best-seller from the UK recounts how the author, an experienced falconer grieving the sudden death of her father, endeavored to train for the first time a dangerous goshawk predator as part of her personal recovery.

On the Move by Oliver Sacks. Published only four months before his death, this autobiography of Oliver Sacks provides an exuberant peek into the life of its author.

The Wright Brothers by David McCollough. On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot. Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?

Neurotribes : the Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman. A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently. What is autism: a devastating developmental disorder, a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more–and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. WIRED reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years. Continue reading “Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Put a Bow on a Science Book this Christmas!”

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Building Digital Scholarship

In October 2015, CUA Libraries hosted three events on open access. The video presentation for the second event is now available. Terry Owen, Digital Scholarship Librarian at UMD presented on the work he has done to build the Digital Repository for the University of Maryland, DRUM.

See the CUA Libraries Institutional Repository at Digital Collections.

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Not Just the Journal Article!

journalsIt can be fascinating to talk to an author about their research. Now you can hear authors beyond just the journal article. Journal publishers and platforms are adding to the journal article. Take a look at this article and its’ accompanying “Watch what authors say about their articles” video:

Michael B. Green, Stephen D. Miller, Pierre Vanhove, Small representations, string instantons, and Fourier modes of Eisenstein series, Journal of Number Theory, Volume 146, January 2015, Pages 187-309, ISSN 0022-314X, (

Other articles are including all the alt-metrics or bibliometrics, which include links to news articles or tweets or number of times downloaded, as these can be early indications about important research. See these two examples:

Frances Aboud, Nafisa Lira Huq, Charles P. Larson, Livia Ottisova, An assessment of community readiness for HIV/AIDS preventive interventions in rural Bangladesh, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 70, Issue 3, February 2010, Pages 360-367, ISSN 0277-9536, (

Ibraheem Alhashim, Kai Xu, Yixin Zhuang, Junjie Cao, Patricio Simari, and Hao Zhang. 2015. Deformation-driven topology-varying 3D shape correspondence. ACM Trans. Graph. 34, 6, Article 236 (October 2015), 13 pages. DOI=

Authors are providing their data sets as supplemental materials:

Guler, N., Fersch, R. G., Kuhn, S. E., Bosted, P., Griffioen, K. A., Keith, C., … & Gevorgyan, N. (2015). Precise determination of the deuteron spin structure at low to moderate Q 2 with CLAS. Phys. Rev. C 92.

Research is being published in new and exciting ways and changing the way we read, listen, watch and digest journal articles.

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Where’s the Data?

Researchers at universities are beginning to think beyond the requirements to author a data management plan. Kristen Briney, Data Services Librarian at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee has taught and advised researchers on practical data management, creating data management plans and working with electronic lab notebooks. Her recently published TedxUMilwaukee Talk Rethinking Research Data asks researchers to go further and publish their data when they publish an article.


Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Telling the Story Digitally!

Have you seen the new exhibit Ius Ecclesiae: An Historical Look at Canon Law?

11-9-2015 2-31-22 PM

Ius Ecclesiae: An Historical Look at Canon Law is a new exhibit from CUA Libraries. The physical display is located at CUA in the second floor lobby of Mullen Library. There is an excellent virtual exhibit demonstrating the use of a StoryMap. The power of Story Maps use geography, history and links to local content to show you the story and connect you to library resources.

In the simplest terms, canon law is the body of laws that governs the Church. Through nearly two thousand years of history, Catholic canon law developed parallel to civil legal traditions while incorporating evolving theological ideas into its framework. To learn more, check out our 2nd floor book display and online exhibit.

The digital tool(s) used to create this StoryMap begin with the GIS software from ESRI. “Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story.”

For more information on the making of this virtual exhibit, please contact Religious Studies and Humanities Services (314, 316 Mullen) 202-319-5088.

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Open for Collaboration Every Week!

Let the #openaccesscua conversations continue!

During October 2015 the CUA University Libraries hosted three events to start people talking about open access.

How Open Access Benefits Faculty and Research; Open Access & Institutional Repositories; and Scholarly Publishing & the Open Access Ecosystem.

Rikk Mulligan, ARL provided overview slides and panel moderation for our third event; read the blog post from Kevin Gunn, CUA Coordinator of Religious Studies and Humanities Services.

Thanks to all who presented, all who came to the presentations and all those who asked questions! Questions came from university administrators and faculty and graduate students and librarians. Questions during the events ranged from – what is open access  – to mandates for open access – to levels of open access – to what will really increase the access, preservation and impact of a university’s scholarly output?

One question kept coming up in every event – how do we keep up with the evolving issue of open access? During the Scholarly Publishing event, the moderator, Rikk Mulligan from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) pointed to three headlines from last week:

From Martin Paul Eve,’s peer-review experiments 

From Kathleen Fitpatrick, Academia, Not Edu 

And, this announcement, Groundbreaking University of California policy extends free access to all scholarly articles written by UC employees

It is obvious from these articles and our events that open access conversations across the campus will continue!