Friday, September 22, 2017

NHIS Data Alert

Our data services librarian just got this news about NHIS data -

"The CDC/National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which produces the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data, has discovered several issues in the 2015 and 2016 NHIS data. We are sharing their published guidance with you and letting you know how IPUMS will approach the delivery of these data.
2016 Sample Weights. NCHS discovered a problem with how the sample was distributed between urban areas within some states. This problem has resulted in inaccurate sampling weights in the 2016 NHIS data. NCHS advises users to repeat any analyses they have conducted using the 2016 sampling weights when the revised weights are released later this year. Their investigations indicate that national estimates and estimates for key subgroups are largely unaffected when the current sampling weights are used.
IPUMS will continue to offer the original 2016 sampling weights on our website and add the revised 2016 sampling weights as soon as they are released by NCHS. Users should use these weights with caution and re-run any analyses once the new weights are available.
2015 Cancer Supplement. NCHS discovered errors in the 2015 cancer supplement data. NCHS urges users to delete the file and repeat their analyses with the revised data once they become available.
IPUMS has temporarily removed all variables that contained 2015 cancer supplement data from our website. We advise users to delete any extracts using the incorrect 2015 data. There are no problems with earlier years, but in order to immediately remove the 2015 variables we had to suppress affected variables in all years that they appear. We are working to make these variables available again soon for the period before 2015. We will add the revised 2015 cancer supplement file as soon as NCHS releases it.
Best regards,
The IPUMS Health Surveys Team"

Show me the money! Funding search workshop Oct 25 9 am

Show Me the Money! Locating Grant Funding Opportunities-, October 25, 2017, 9-11 am, 304 Curry

Faculty and graduate students often require external funding for research, scholarship, and creative activity. This workshop will explore how to get the most from grant seeking databases, including SPIN, GrantSelect, Grant Advisor Plus, and the Foundation Center. Participants learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of key words.  Attendees will have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest. Presented by Helen Kiss (Office of Sponsored Programs) and Gerald Holmes (University Libraries). Register at

Monday, September 18, 2017

APA Style Central now available!

APA Style Central is a writing, research and publication guide.  It has tutorials and more. UNCG Libraries now have a subscription!

To access this database
  1. Start at the libraries home page:
  2. Choose databases
  3. Navigate to the databases starting with A, then choose APA Style Central
  4. Log in with your iSpartan account, as you would do with any other subscription
Links will be added to library guides soon.

The APA Style Central database has excerpts from the Publication Manual of the APA, but it is not an online version of the manual.  Don't recycle your print edition just yet :)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Instructors, be kind. Please give at least 2 weeks' notice when you'd like a library workshop

Instructors, I love to coming to your class to demonstrate resources and work with your students!

But please ask for these sessions well in advance.

Before the semester begins is best, but at least two weeks in advance.  That will allow me more than 60 minutes during working hours to prepare, including finding out about the assignment, finding out from you what you'd like your students to get out of the session, then actually doing to legwork to determine the best e-resources & approach to meet those needs.

More information on scheduling library workshops and tours is here:

Digital Act Studio - Design/visual feedback service includes distance and online students

The Digital Act Studio (DACTS) gives design/visual feedback on powerpoints, posters, brochures, and other digital media products.

And they have online consultations!

Whether you're an on campus student or distance education or online, check out this service:

In memoriam: Gaylor Callahan

Some of you might have heard that Gaylor Callahan, a friend and coworker in Jackson Library, recently passed away.

Here is her obituary in the Greensboro News & Record.

In case you knew her and would like to pay your respects, the memorial service will take place Thursday, September 21st beginning at 3 pm in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House, at 4:00 we will walk down College Avenue to Ashby Residential College at Mary Foust Hall for the rest of the event.