Archives for November 2017

On Trial: Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print

From now until Dec. 14, take a look at the best resource for finding the right test and testing instruments for your research: Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print.

This online resource contains a bibliography to all known commercially available English-language tests currently in print.  It also features full-text reviews for more than 13,000 tests in psychology, business, education, and leadership.  This is the most comprehensive, interdisciplinary reference tool for any researcher interested in tests, measurement, and assessment.

To get started, search the database by keyword, test name, test category, purpose, and more.  Results can be limited by whether or not a review is available, subject, date of publication, and publisher.

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Each entry will feature a description of the test, prices, scores, population, purpose, and—in most cases—a comprehensive review of the test to help you determine its effectiveness, uses, and potential pitfalls.

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Currently, the library has Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print in book form in the Reference Collection.  The online version pairs the listings of all Tests in Print with the reviews of all published volumes of Mental Measurements, making this a one-stop shop for comprehensive test information without ever having to leave your home or office.

With the online version, you can search across all volumes and all 13,000 reviews with keywords and subject searches.  You can also capture and import reviews and content through the familiar set of tools common to all our EBSCOhost products: save, email, permanent link, and import into Refworks.

If you are not sure where to begin in your quest for tests, take a look at this research guide about Tests and Measures.  It includes information about other resources for tests as well as handy hints for finding unpublished & non-commercial tests.

Does Mental Measurements measure up?  You be the judge!  Let us know by texting us at 479-802-4876 or emailing the collection liaison for Behavioral Sciences and Business, Angela Black, at ablack9@atu.edu.   Hurry, the trial ends on Dec. 14th—help us test out this potential resource!

Mental Measurements Yearbook from EBSCO on Vimeo.

Celebrate International Education Week With Pronounciator

As the Arkansas Tech family celebrates other cultures throughout the world with International Education Week, many of you may find yourselves wondering how to say “More Tikka Masala please” in Hindi.  Before you run out to buy Rosetta Stone, take advantage of the language-learning software called Pronunciator, available free for Arkansas Tech students, faculty, and staff.

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To get started and help you track your progress, you will need to create your own account at first using your ATU email address.

Once logged in, you have your choice between 80 non-English languages.  If you are a non-native English speaker, no problem–the service also provides ESL courses for speakers of 51 non-English languages including Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Japanese, Swedish and many more.

Learn at your own pace, have a live conversation, or, for targeted objectives, learn through guided courses.  The guided courses range from early learners (3-6 years old), young learners (7-12 years old), 8-week travel prep, beginner courses, and even a healthcare course.  Choose the main guide to independently roam and explore the language through “postcards” where you can learn common expressions, cultural information, and more.

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Get the most out of Pronunciator using a microphone and headphones, which allow you the ability to practice speaking the language.  Pronunciator will play your recorded phrases back to you in comparison with the native speaker, provide drills to score how well you pronounce certain words and phrases, and offer assistance when you just can’t get the hang of it.

As you progress in each language, Pronunciator will let you review your overall progress and stats.  You can also take practice quizzes, review flashcards, and nail your rolling R’s with drills.

Not only can you learn a language structured in a learning course, Pronunciator doubles as handy phrasebook, giving you instant access to probably the most important phrase you’ll ever need to know:

Remember, there is also a Pronunciator App for mobile devices, capable of syncing to your existing account.  No matter where you are in the lesson, your phone or tablet can take your progress with you on the flight, train, ocean liner, or rickshaw.

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Have a question about Pronunciator, the library, or where to find the best brunch in Stockholm?  Ask us!  You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.   

Craft Beer Presentation at Ross Pendergraft Library

cover image of Dr. Chapman's book, "Untapped" featuring a tall glass of beer with glasses, a mustache, and a beard made of hopsJoin us at the Library on Monday, November 13th, at 7:00 P.M., for a tall, frosty glass of knowledge about the cultural dimensions of craft beer as presented by Dr. Nathaniel Chapman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Arkansas Tech.  This free event will be held at RPL 300B—all are welcome.

As part of the Library’s Second Monday author series, Dr. Chapman will discuss the rise of craft beer from social and cultural perspectives.  He is the co-editor of Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer, a collection of 12 previously unpublished essays that analyze the rise of craft beer and explore many diverse topics from activism at beer festivals to how craft beer is revitalizing cities and local economies.

Chapman is currently conducting research on gender and consumption in the craft beer industry and the construction of authenticity in craft brewing.  If you are interested in subjects like business, race, gender, politics, or simply craft beer, check out this book from the library or come check out his presentation Monday night.

While no actual craft beer will be on hand at the library, guests are welcome to fill their glass with insight into an increasingly popular cultural phenomenon.  Stay buzzed on other events scheduled in the library, including our next 2nd Monday author series, by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or by seeing us on Instagram.  Cheers!

 

Veterans Appreciation Event November 9th

Colonel (Ret) Nate Todd

Colonel (Ret.) Nate Todd, Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs

Help us salute our nation’s heroes by joining us for a special event hosted by the Ross Pendergraft Library on Thursday, November 9th, in room 300B.  This free and open event will feature several special presentations on veteran services, history, memorials, and more.  The evening will kick off at 7:00 P.M. with our distinguished guest and  keynote speaker, Colonel (Ret.) Nate Todd, current Director of the Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs.  All are welcome.

In addition to Colonel Todd’s keynote address, guest speakers will provide presentations on the following:

  • Presentation of the Colors by ATU ROTC
  • Armed Forces Medley
  • POW/MIA
  • Quilt of Valor presentation
  • Veterans Park Walk of Honor Tiles
  • WWI Centennial Memorial
  • and much more…

The following organizations will also be on hand to share information and answer questions about various veteran services:

  • Arkansas Veterans Benefits Administration
  • Pope County Veteran Services/Walk of Honor
  • ATU Student Group ( SMVA)
  • VA/Clergy Partnership (VCP)
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
  • Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces
  • ATU Veterans Upward Bound
  • and more…

Those attending will also have a chance to enter in a drawing for a Walk of Honor Tile at Veterans Park ($150 value) in honor their own service or to honor the service of a loved one in the U.S. Armed Forces.

For more information about this event or to ask questions, please contact Luke Heffley at lheffley@atu.edu or call 479-964-0569.