New Library Quick Search

We’ve updated our Library search to make finding books and articles easier than ever. The new Quick Search tab keeps all of the functionality of our previous search, but is redesigned to make finding the information you need more straight-forward. Use the drop down menu to select the type of materials you need.

The Library Quick Search provides access to all materials to which the library owns and  subscribes. For  more details, click here.

If you need assistance please contact us at the Reference Desk.

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Winter Break Library Hours

The library will be closing at 4:30pm on Dec. 8th (the last day of finals) and will be open Friday Dec. 9th from 10am-2pm.

December 10th through January 2nd, the library is closed for winter break.

Regular hours will resume at the start of Winter quarter, January 3rd, 2017.

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Final Exams Schedule

Final exams are Dec. 6-8. Check the schedule here!

Good luck!

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Primary and Secondary Sources – Know the Diff!

You will write many papers and reports in your college career, and some of those papers may require information from a primary source. What IS a primary source? How is it different from a secondary source, and how are you supposed to know the difference?!

Take a look at →→→this IRIS tutorial ←←←

IRIS is a fantastic site which provides guides and tutorials on a plethora of topics, most of which will help you greatly with your school work, paper-writing, and research!

 

posted by Lauren

 

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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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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.

Primo_peer_review

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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Where can I find ideas for a paper or speech?

The library has some great print and online resources to help you find topic ideas and begin your research.

Helpful Search Terms:

  • Contemporary Issues
  • Contemporary World Issues
  • Current Controversies
  • Opposing Viewpoints

You can find many books, articles, and videos in these categories on the library’s homepage.

Browse through this Book:

One fantastic all-in-one source for topic ideas is the book 10,000 Ideas for Term Papers, Projects, Reports and Speeches. You can find this book on the Reference shelf near the copier. The call number is 808.02 – ask a librarian for assistance!

Be sure to check out these Helpful Databases:

  • SIRS Knowledge Source
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • Points of View Reference Center

All of these databases give you access to newspaper and magazine articles and Pro/Con viewpoint essays on hundreds of controversial topics.

To access these databases, mouse over the Search_&_Find tab on the library’s homepage click on All Sources. Scroll down the following page and click on Opposing Viewpoints in Context,  SIRS Knowledge Source, or Points of View Reference Center. The database will open in a new window and you can browse topics and issues for ideas!

 

Posted by Adrienne

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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!

 

Posted by Adrienne

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