Archives—January 2016

Articles Published by Michigan Tech Authors by Discipline, 2000-2015

Web of Science is a major database that faculty have long used to find both publications and their citations in the sciences, arts and humanities and social sciences. A newer competitor is Scopus from which this chart is derived. While there is overlap, Scopus can provide additional publications and uses a different algorithm for identifying citing articles. Let us know if you want to learn more about Scopus.



Tracking Citation Counts – Is There an Easier Way?

By conducting a thorough citation search, you can discover how many times your publications have been cited and in which contexts. Although no single database or search tool can provide a complete snapshot of your publishing activity, there are easy-to-use strategies for pulling together citation counts from multiple sources. The library offers workshops on citation searching and EndNote, and individual consultations are also available. Our guide to citation searching features detailed steps for navigating the major citation databases (Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar), understanding their respective strengths, and de-duplicating and organizing the results. For questions, email



Copyright Questions? We Can Help!

Copyright ownership of this “monkey selfie” has been debated for nearly five years. Fortunately, understanding your “copyrights” is much easier with the library’s copyright consultation service.

Consider a copyright consultation when you need to know more about your rights and responsibilities as an author, student advisor, artist, or classroom instructor. Confidential consultations take place with an experienced librarian when and where you need them.

Topics include:

Applying Fair Use. Fair Use is a part of the U.S. Copyright Law that allows the use of copyrighted works without permission from the rights holder. The use must be evaluated by applying a four factor “test.” A librarian can help you quickly work through these factors and apply them to your specific situation. Fair Use is flexible and can be used in many different situations, especially those associated with education and scholarship.

Preparing your Canvas course site. Many instructors have questions about including copyrighted material on their course site. The library can determine if the work can be linked from library subscriptions (and create the links), when Fair Use may be an option, or if permission is required. We can also help with the permission process by locating the rightsholder and obtaining a quote for use of the work.

Author’s Rights and Responsibilities. Librarians can help you navigate rapid changes in academic publishing, the federal mandates for making publications and data available through our campus repository, new requirements of some journal publishers for open data, and more. We can help review publishing agreements so that you retain as many of your rights as possible and heighten awareness of your important works.

Copyright consultations can also be useful for your graduate students working on their theses and dissertations. Encourage your graduate students to consult with a librarian for the proper use of copyrighted works and all matters of attribution.

To schedule a consultation, simply click here.

photo credit: Self-portrait by the depicted Macaca nigra female, 2011.



Archives Research Support Services

In addition to preserving and providing access to a wide variety of historic print, graphic and digital material, the staff of the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections also offer research support services to meet the unique research needs of students, faculty, staff, and community members. Research support services within the Archives can be tailored to the specific needs of researchers, curricula, or one class.

Research Consultations
Consultation appointments, while not required, can be planned with the Senior Archivist and are designed to outline research goals  and to identify collections that will help meet these goals. A consultation may also serve as an introduction to the Archives for those unfamiliar with archival research methods or the use of primary source materials. Research consultations typically last 25-35 minutes and are available for students, scholars or members of the community.

Research orientations and tours
Research orientations and tours for small groups and class visits are designed to give participants an overview of policies, resources, and research methods. These sessions may appeal to faculty from many areas of the university to find ways to use, or promote the benefits of primary source materials in their courses. Research orientations and tours are designed for groups no larger than 20 participants and typically last 45-60 minutes; these are available to members of the university as well as to the community.

Hands-on research workshops
The newest service that the Archives has initiated is a hands-on research workshop. These sessions are built around a specific course objective, assignment, or research project. Workshops involve an in-depth discussion about research as it pertains to a specific topic or material type. These sessions include a hands-on research activity and worksheet customized to give participants a deeper understanding of a specific aspect of archival research. Research workshops typically last 45-60 minutes and they are available to all faculty, staff and other research groups.

For more information about research support services available at the Archives, or to plan a visit, please contact our Senior Archivist, Lindsay Hiltunen, at (906) 487-2505 or

Library Instructional Offerings

Have you noticed that your students have trouble getting started with their research, finding quality sources, or citing them properly? The library’s Education and Research Services team can help your students become better library researchers. Instruction librarians are available to lead class sessions focused on research skills, develop online research guides for your students, or consult with you about best practices for incorporating information literacy skills into course content or assignments. Visit our library instruction page for more information and to sign up for any of these services.

The library also offers workshops throughout the academic year on topics such as citation searching, getting more out of Google, patent and trademark searching, helping students with the choices they face when publishing a thesis or dissertation, copyright, and EndNote. View all currently scheduled offerings on our workshops page. In addition to workshops, the library also provides a number of tutorial videos about using library resources, searching for sources, evaluating information, citing sources, and more. All workshops and tutorials are available to Michigan Tech faculty, staff, and students, as well as community members.

Course Reserve Service

Save your students some time and money by using the library’s course reserve service. Course reserve can be used for accessing course materials online or in the library. Use electronic reserve for course assignments, lecture notes, practice exams, as well as some articles, videos, and sound clips. Students are able to easily access these materials by searching the Course Reserve section of the library catalog and then logging in with their ISO username and password.

Larger works such as an entire book or video can be placed on print reserve; students may borrow the material for a limited time, generally for use only within the library. The library can also place an instructor’s copy of a book on reserve for the semester. Students appreciate having easy, free access to supplemental course material. Learn more on our course reserve page or email with your questions or needs.