Higher Education Students

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Azucena, Stanford University, History Undergraduate Student

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Azucena is a first generation college student pursuing her bachelor's degree in history. She pushes herself to be academically ambitious. Being one of four undergraduates in a class designed for law students was challenging already, and receiving an extremely vague research paper topic was daunting. “Luckily, Yewno takes away the initial feeling of disorientation one gets on first receiving a research assignment. Yewno gave me the option to approach a topic from several different angles until I found one that truly interested me. It also gave me the tools to organize an effective argument. Yewno gave me a place to start and push forward through each of my three final research papers.”


Irene, University of Michigan, Master's Student

Irene was investigating the incidence of anxiety disorders within the Asian-American community, and chose to begin by reviewing the existing literature. Spending a few minutes with Yewno allowed her to make a quick and highly comprehensive review of what was published -- which turned out to be not much. It turned out that Yewno’s ability to surface, connect, and highlight the most important parts of the most relevant articles was both a major time-saver and an eye-opener for her research. “Something that frustrates me a lot about my university library database search is, you have to click on three separate things just to pull up one article. This is much faster at getting me to the information… without having to open a million different windows to learn about each specific thing. It was also really helpful to show that there wasn't much work published dealing with these two topics within the literature. From a social work perspective that's very useful -- that's where we find social inequities, and places where people are being left out of the picture and forgotten.”


Armando, Columbia University, Undergraduate Student

Armando had been learning to create software using Javascript, and now he wanted to work with Yewno to study the history of its development. He typically focuses on the early 20th century, so he didn’t have a lot of context prior to starting research – which is a perfect time to try Yewno. Within moments he’d found a key figure: “Brendan Eich is a really interesting link between web browsers and Javascript – he’s known as the creator of JavaScript, so that’s where I’d want to start the story of a paper. I hadn’t seen his name before I started today.” As he went on, he perused a lot of documents related to the history of programming for the web, and found that Yewno could help him focus on the books and journal articles he wanted to see most: “I like the highlighting feature, the way that the most relevant excerpts from the documents were presented and presented with highlights. It’s very visually appealing. I also like the way the graph is laid out, it makes the connections between everything very clear.


Erin, Stonehill College, Undergraduate Student

Erin and her parents had selected Stonehill because of the academic opportunities, student support and strong social values the school offered. A degree in Psychology was Erin’s choice because “I think the brain is a fascinating organ with nerves and cells that don’t seem to make sense but control our entire body and mind.” Her class discussions have been interesting, and in one session there was a debate over how Jean Piaget’s work has been disproven over time with new research. To learn more, she turned to Yewno Discover to see the connections and influence Piaget has had within psychology, and immediately saw the Yewno Discover difference. Yewno was simple to use and helpful in finding other related topics that could be added as she started thinking about her research paper. “Yewno is different from other research aids because usually you have to search by specific topics but with Yewno all related topics come up with one search,” she said. Erin's earlier experiences with traditional discovery tools was frustrating because each database was a silo, providing only results for their particular data set, and only for one topic at a time. Erin states, “I was attracted to Psychology because of all of the different topics such as behavior, cognitive and developmental. Before Yewno Discover, it was frustrating manually organizing together all of the research that has been conducted within each field.” With Yewno Discover, having a visual display of the relationships and being able to click on a bubble that leads to other concepts is very helpful to students writing papers or conducting research. Erin continued, “I like that Yewno shows the information in a chart because as someone who likes visual things it allowed me to see connections more clearly.”


Brett, Syracuse University, Finance Undergraduate Student

Brett was interested in cryptocurrency but wasn’t familiar with it, so he worked with Yewno to begin his research in a comprehensive and efficient way. Within a few minutes he’d become oriented with the concept and was already pursuing some promising connections. “When I’m building an outline for a paper, usually I start by just staring at a blank Word document. But here I can just look at the map of ‘Legality of Bitcoin by Country’ and start to follow a path of connections.” His research led to an investigation of Bitcoin’s connection to the Arab Bank – an expected crossover between something unknown and something he already understood well. “I’m more of a visual learner, so I appreciate the map showing all the connections, and I like being able to visualize how the concepts actually connect to one another. Rather than me personally trying doing a bunch of grunt work trying to find the connections, this does it for you.”


Eric, Yale University, Biology Undergraduate Student

Eric was curious about a particular topic within neuroscience - how comas affect the arousal centers of the human brain. Yewno’s index of PubMed and millions of other medically-related documents proved useful in the investigation. After just a few minutes with Yewno, Eric was unearthing interesting connections. “One thing I noticed was that neck trauma by car accident was one of the things that tended to cause strokes. And then here it's giving me ‘Loose Connective Tissue’ as something that's connected to head and neck anatomy and coma. It'll make it easier to find examples of exactly that.” Within an hour, Eric zeroed in on a final list of the most relevant papers to read. “This makes it a lot easier to find where topics intersect, rather than having lots of tabs open and then just trying to figure out where two things happen to fall together. I love this for searching - it can find a related work that you weren't even aware was related.”


Esther, University of Reading (UK), Meteorology Undergraduate Student

When the Brexit referendum was on everyone’s minds in the UK, students were no exception. Esther has been studying renewable energy, and wanted to find out how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect its policies on wind turbines. “Yewno was really simple to use and find the information I was looking for. Within ten minutes I had found several documents relating to my research.” Esther also noted that Yewno provided more than just the specific information she was looking for. “The spider diagram layout was really useful, as it provided a great visual way of looking at links between subjects. I use spider diagrams for revision purposes so it’s a method of presentation that really resonates with me. I ended up finding out lots of information about renewable energy conflict, and the policies of other countries like New Zealand, which will be very useful points of comparison for my research, as well as it being an area that I am generally very interested in. Yewno showed me the links between these different subjects without me having to perform extra searches, which will save me a lot of time when it comes to essay writing.”


Ryan, Stanford University, Master's Student

Ryan was working on a research project and diving deep into European politics. He was trying to argue the causal connection between the Ukraine's demographics and the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution. 'Your tool helped immensely in visualizing the overlapping areas in my research topics, and helped me discover new vectors that I had not previously thought to search.' Helping Ryan explore these new areas also showcased the wealth of resources that the library provides to support student learning, which helped Ryan complete his assignment. 'It allowed me to discover new documents to form my argument. I will be using it in the near future for further research projects!'


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