Library Quiet Hours during Reading Day and Final Exams

December 10, 2013

For Reading Day and final exams,
the Library is reserved for silent study only.

Please be considerate of your fellow students and refrain from talking or whispering.  Conversations in the Library lobby carry over into the Reading Room.  Please be mindful and quiet in the Lobby.

Need to study in a group?

  • Two study rooms are available on the Library lower level; they may be booked for two hours at a time. Check at the Reference or Circulation desk for availability.
  • Speak with Security about opening classrooms in other buildings.

Please let a Library staff member know if you are being disturbed by noise.

Thank you for helping us to keep the Library an effective study space.

Good luck with finals!


Tip of the Week: How to Cite Sources

September 23, 2013

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When conducting research and writing a research paper it is always important to make it clear to your reader exactly where you got your information. There are many citation styles available to do this quickly and easily, including APA Style, MLA Style, Chicago/Turabian Style, ACS Style, and more. In most cases your professor will require the use of a specific style of citation.

For more information on citation styles and how to use them, consult the library’s Writing Resources Research Guide: http://library.emmanuel.edu/sp2/subjects/guide.php?subject=writing_resources

Also, now available to Emmanuel College library patrons is RefWorks, an electronic citation management tool.

To Set up a RefWorks Account:

  1. Register  from a computer on campus by going to http://www.refworks.com/refworks and following the directions.
  2. Once you are registered, you will receive an email confirming your registration and providing instructions for accessing your RefWorks account off campus.

Instructions for Using RefWorks:

See http://refworks.libguides.com/home


Word of the Week: Fictive

September 23, 2013

As in: “You used them as fictive embodiments of your own desires, ignoring their problems and personal histories, failing to grasp who they were outside of your own imagination, and yet the more they eluded you, the more passionately you longed for them.” (Auster, 2012, p. 196)

Auster, P. (2012). Winter Journal. New York: Holt.

For definitions of fictive, consult the Oxford English Dictionary and the dictionaries in the Credo Reference Collection .

For more about prolific author, Paul Auster, search in Gale Biography in Context (emphasis on biographical information) and LION: Literature Online .

 


Featured Database: Academic Search Premier

September 20, 2013

Academic Search Premier is a Multidisciplinary database that provides access to summaries and citations for articles in 8,450 publications, with full-text access for more than 4,600 of those titles, and searchable cited references for more than 1,000 publications. Since this database covers all subjects, it often makes sense to start off here when beginning a research assignment regardless of your field of study.

- Explore this database for extensive full-text coverage in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion, theology and other disciplines in the humanities.

- This database offers the option to limit to “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.” Of the full- text articles available in Academic Search Premier, more than 3,900 are peer reviewed articles.

- Access Academic Search Premier by using the Quick Links to Library Resources drop-down menu or the A-Z List of Databases link on the Library Homepage under the Library Resources heading.

Use the Research/Course Guides link on the Library Homepage to explore article databases by specific subjects.

- Posted by the Reference Department


Tip of the Week: Doing Research Using Library Resources

September 16, 2013

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The Research Guides, available on the library homepage (http://library.emmanuel.edu/) under the Library Resources heading, are always a good place to get started when beginning any research project.

To search for articles in Library Databases follow these steps:

- Access either subject-specific or multidisciplinary databases using the Databases by Subject drop-down menu in the center column of the Library  homepage (http://library.emmanuel.edu/), or click on A-Z List of Databases for a complete list of all databases.

- Tip: When starting your research, try the Multidisciplinary  databases such as Academic Search Premier, as they cover a wide variety of topics.

- Off-campus users will be prompted to enter their Emmanuel Portal login information for access to the databases.

General Searching Strategies:

- Identify keywords that best describe the different components of your topic.

- Use AND  to search for articles containing more than one concept (note: this   will narrow your results).

- Use OR  to search for articles containing at least one of the search terms entered (note: this will broaden your results).
Tip: Put parentheses around alternative words and quotation marks around phrases.

Example search for finding information on high school science education in the United States: (secondary OR “high school”) AND science AND (education OR curriculum) AND “United States”

Tips:

- Explore the limiting options such as Published Date and Peer-Reviewed      (See How do I find peer-reviewed articles?).

- Explore  searching for your terms in different field(s), e.g., Author, Title, Subject, and All Text, to see how it will affect your results. If your search returns few or no results,  you might try searching for your terms in All Text.


Tip of the Week: Printing in the Library

September 10, 2013

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Printing within the library is available to all current Emmanuel students, staff, and faculty. Printing is also available to alumni with the assistance of a reference librarian. Printing is only offered from library computers and not personal laptops.

Instructions:

- Print your documents to either Libcommon1 or Libcommon3.

- After you have sent your document, a window should pop up on your computer asking for a username and password. Enter your Emmanuel Portal username and password.

- Then, go to the computer next to the printer you chose and find your username. Click on your username and a login window will pop up asking for your password. Enter your Emmanuel Portal password.

- Next, select your document(s) and click Print.

- If there are any problems, please ask a reference librarian.

 


Tip of the Week: Finding Books in the Library

September 4, 2013

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The easiest way to find books at Emmanuel College (and the other Schools of the Fenway) is to search the Online Catalog on the library homepage (http://library.emmanuel.edu/)

Use the Basic Search when you know the title or author, or are using a simple keyword.

- In a Title search, remove the initial article (e.g., A, An, The).
For example: Sound and the fury rather than The sound and the fury

- In an Author search, enter the author’s last name and then first name.
For example: Shakespeare, William

Use a Keyword (Advanced) Search (http://endeavor.flo.org/vwebv/searchAdvanced) to broaden and/or limit your results.

- For topics that involve more than one concept, enter search terms for each in a separate textbox.

- Specify the field to search within (e.g., Author). The default option, Keyword anywhere, searches for your term within the author, the title, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and any notes in the item’s record.

- If typing a phrase (such as “art therapy”) in one textbox, change the search from any of these to as a phrase.

To check out your book, take it to the Circulation Desk in the lobby of the library with a current Emmanuel ID.  You will need to register for a barcode prior to checking out the book.


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