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Cite Your Sources!

APA? MLA? Chicago? AAAS?

The library has citation guides for MLA , APA and Chicago style in print, and all those plus AAAS online.

Links to online citation help are available here.

Circulating copies of current MLA and APA manuals are available in our main collection. Please ask the reference librarian if you need help finding them!

When should you cite? What is plagiarism and how do you avoid it? Check out this great article.

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Renew your books online

You can renew your library materials online through our web site. Here’s how:

  • Mouse over “Search & Find” and then click “Library Catalog”

  • In the upper right, it will say “Guest”

 

  • Mouse over and it will change and give you options. Select “My Library Card”

 

  • The login screen will appear! Use your GHC credentials to login.

 

  • Once logged in, you will see your account information. In addition to checked out items, you’ll see your hold requests, fine & fees and messages & account blocks.

 

  • Click “Loans” to get your checked out list. Select what you need to renew and click the button.

 

  • If someone else has placed a hold, you won’t be allowed to renew it. If there are other reasons to deny a renewal, you’ll get a message about it.

  • Voila! You’ve done it!

If you have questions or problems, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Our subject-specific Research Guides can help you TODAY!

The John Spellman Library has fantastic Research Guides, now conveniently available through a tab on our homepage! These guides will help you find topics and get started with your research.

Simply use the drop-down menu to select your subject of study. Each guide links to a variety of subject specific print and online library resources, including books and eBooks, magazines and journals, DVDs and streaming videos, and websites and apps.

Our Research Guides are designed to serve as great starting points for exploring topics and beginning research in a variety of subject areas. Check them out today!

And remember, there are many more library resources available to you and we are always here to help!

 

Posted by Lauren, Updated by Chris

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Thanksgiving Hours: early closure Wed, Open Sat

The library is closing early on Wednesday the 23rd, at 4:30pm, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We are also be closed on Thursday, November 24, 2016 and Friday, November 25, 2016 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

We will, however, be open on Saturday the 26th for our normal hours of 10am to 3pm!!

Enjoy your days off!

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How can I find full-text articles?

The best place to find thousands of full-text articles is in the library’s databases.  You can search multiple databases simultaneously by entering a title, author, subject, or keyword in the Magazines/Journals search box on the library’s homepage:

magazine_search_box

 

Alternatively, you can search specific databases by mousing over the tab, clicking on All Sources or Databases listed by Subject, and selecting a database from the list. Many of the library’s databases allow you to limit your search results to full-text. Look for a box that you can check on the search page.

If you find an article that’s not available full-text look for a ‘Check for Full-Text’ link, to see if we have a print copy of the article in the GHC library or an electronic copy in another GHC Library database. Not all the databases have the same information, so your article might be in one of the others!

The link could look like one of these:

check_full_text_3check_full_text_2 check_for_full_text

 

If no copies are found, please ask the reference librarian to order the article for you through our Inter-Library Loan process.

 

Questions? Ask a Librarian!

 

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Library Hours for Veterans Day

The library will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2016 for Veterans Day. We will be open for our normally scheduled hours for the rest of the week- which includes being open Saturday from 10am-3pm.

Enjoy your day off!

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Citation help

The library has some handy links for getting help on citations!

In addition…Did you know that with the click of a button you can create article citations in many of the library’s databases?

Once you open an article in a library database, look for a citation button at the top or side of the page. Citation tools are most often located next to Email and Print icons.

You can create article citations in all of the library’s ProQuest databases (including ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry, Alt-Press Watch, Criminal Justice Periodicals, Ethnic NewsWatch, Nursing & Allied Health Source, ProQuest National Newspapers, and ProQuest Research Library) by clicking on the “Cite this” link (illustrated below).

Cite this in ProQuest

Similarly, in Academic Search Premier, you can create an article citation by clicking on the “Cite” button located under “Tools” on the right hand side of the page.

Cite this in Academic Search Premier

In some databases (like Granger’s World of Poetry, Poetry and Short Story Criticism, and BigChalk’s eLibrary), citations are automatically provided at the end of the article. In others databases, like ERIC and Artstor, you need to sign in or select images and documents in order to access citation tools. CultureGrams and World Conflicts Today make citations available through the “Additional Citation Information” link at the bottom of the page.

If you have any questions about creating article citations, please ask the reference librarian!

 

A Cautionary Note: While the citation creation features in our databases should adhere to the latest APA and MLA citation manual standards, we recommend that you examine your citations carefully for errors or omitted information. It’s your responsibility to make sure your citations are correct!

Posted by Emily; Updated by Adrienne

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Where can I find peer-reviewed articles?

The best place to look for peer-reviewed articles is in the library’s databases.  From the library’s homepage, you can search multiple databases simultaneously by clicking on the Magazines/Journals tab and entering a keyword into the search box.

You can easily limit your search results to peer-reviewed articles by choosing to “show only” peer-reviewed journals. Look for this option in the upper left hand side of your search results screen.

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For more options and specific library databases, mouse over the Search_&_Find tab and click on All Sources. Many of the library’s databases including Academic Search Complete and ProQuest Research Library have their own peer-reviewed check-boxes. Science Direct does not have a check-box, because EVERYTHING you find in Science Direct is peer-reviewed!

 

 

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How to use the Library from Home/Off-Campus

To access the library‘s many resources (including e-books, streaming videos, and library databases) from home, you need to log-in.

Your username is the first 3 letters of your last name followed by the last 4 digits of your student ID number and your password is the first initials of your first and last names followed by your entire student ID number.

Please note: this is the same login that is used on the campus computers and in Canvas!

For example, Jane Smith with a SID of 915123456 becomes:
Username: smi3456
Password: js915123456

If you encounter any problems, please contact us.

For more information on using the library from home, please visit our Off Campus page or ask a librarian!

 

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Library Hours for Summer Quarter 2016

Upcoming Library Schedule!

Finals Week for Spring Quarter 2016 (Monday, June 20th through Thursday, June 24th):

Mon – Wed) 7:30am to 8:00pm

Thurs) 7:30am to 4:30pm

Fri) Closed – Congratulations Graduates!

 

The Library will be closed during Break Week (Friday, June 24th through Monday, July 4th).

 

Summer Quarter 2016 (Tuesday, July 5th through Thursday, August 11th)

Mon – Thurs) 8:00am to 5:00pm

Fri) 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sat & Sun) Closed

 

Summer Break 2016: The library will be closed from Friday, August 12th through Sunday, September 18th.

 

Normal operating hours will resume on Monday, September 19th for Fall Quarter 2016.

 

Get out and enjoy the sunshine!Sun for blog

 

 

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