Introduction to Library Resources and Services Harold P. Erickson Library Lake Superior College Spring 2012 What’s Ahead… The following slides contain information about: • Getting your Library Card / Barcode • Becoming familiar with the Library’s Website • Conducting basic and advanced searches in the Library Catalog • Locating items on the Library’s shelves • Requesting an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) if LSC Library doesn’t have an item • Information about the Library’s instant film collection (it’s like YouTube for Students!) • An introduction to the Library’s Databases • Advantages of the databases over Google • Wikipedia: The Good and The Ugly • Evaluating information using the CRAAP Test • Citing sources using APA or MLA • Library services & facility info • Contacts for your library questions Get Your Library Card • Library Card is the same as your LSC Student ID Card – If you do not have a LSC student ID card, contact Student Life at 218-733-5935. – If you have the new LSC Plus Card: The 14 digit number on the back of your Student ID card that begins with 212 is your library barcode. – If you have the old LSC Student ID: If there is no 14 digit sticker on the back of your old ID, call the Library at 218-733-5912 to receive your library barcode. – If you have the old LSC Student ID: If there is a 14 digit sticker on the back of your old ID, your library barcode should still be valid. If you’re having trouble logging in to databases, etc., call the Library at 218-733-5912. • You’ll need the library barcode to: – Check materials out of the library – Renew materials before their due dates The new Student ID card, the LSC Plus Card – Log in to library databases from off-campus – View instant films from off-campus – Request InterLibrary Loan (ILL) materials The old LSC Student ID card still works for library services Find the Library’s Website • You can connect to the LSC Library website from anywhere you access the internet. • There are a couple of ways to find the Library’s website: – From LSC’s Student Portal, find and click on the Library icon, – Or, go to http://explore.lsc.edu/library/default.aspx and bookmark us! Become Familiar with the Library’s Website http://explore.lsc.edu/library/default.aspx The LSC Library’s website features links to the library catalog, databases, research tools, library services, contact information, and more. Screenshot Jan. 2012 Basic Searching Using the Library’s Catalog Finding Books (Basic Search) Here is an edited screenshot of the library homepage featuring the Library Catalog (as indicated by the arrow). Find books, audiobooks, DVDs, instant movie titles, and more by searching the Catalog. Finding Books (Basic Search) The Catalog allows you to search by All Fields, by Title, Author, Subject, or ISBN. Finding Books (Basic Search) cont. 1. 2. Suppose you’re searching for materials on national parks. Enter your search terms in the Catalog and click Find. Finding Books (Basic Search) cont. Your search on national parks produced 94 results. Notice some of the different types of formats available including CD, book, and DVD. Advanced Searching Using the Library’s Catalog Finding Books (Advanced Search) Suppose you’re looking for only DVDs on national parks. There is a way to expand your search options. At the top of the catalog screen look for the Advanced link. Finding Books (Advanced Search) cont. The Advanced search feature allows you to refine your search. There are a lot of different ways to use the Advanced search feature. For instance, you can combine All Fields and an Author name. You can limit your search to only Lake Superior College, another MnPALS library, or all MnPALS libraries. You can limit your search by Language, Format, and Collection. Here, the search is for national parks and a specific format, DVD. I Found the Book, DVD, Audiobook, etc., in the Library Catalog, What’s Next? Finding the Item on the Shelf 3. 2. 1. When you find an item in the Catalog, look for: 1. Whether the item is available (as indicated in green text). 2. Find the location. Here, the book is at LSC in Circulating Media. 3. Find the call no. for the first title. Here, it is F737.Y4 Y45 2009. The call number is like an address: it tells you where the item is on the library shelf. What if the Item isn’t in the LSC Library Catalog? A: Use InterLibrary Loan (ILL)! Century College Library CSS Library WSU Library LSC Library Getting an Item From ILL InterLibrary Loan (ILL) If the LSC Library does not own a book (or item) that you want, you can request that book from another MnSCU Library through the InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service. The item will be sent to the LSC Library for you to checkout. You’ll receive an email message through your LSC email account that your book is being held at LSC Library’s Circulation Desk and ready for you to pick up. Plus, it’s a free service for LSC students! ILL cont. 1. Be sure you have entered the correct information into the Catalog and there are no misspellings. 2. Double-check your search. 3. If you get the message, “did not match any resources,” go to the pulldown arrow on the box with “Lake Superior College” [as indicated by the yellow arrow]. 4. From the pull-down arrow, change Lake Superior College to “All Libraries.” 5. You’re now in the MnPALS catalog where you can search over 60 libraries for materials! ILL cont. 6. Find an available copy of your item from the list. 7. Click on “Available.” 8. On the next screen, look for “Login” and click on it. ILL cont. 9. Enter your information and click on Login. ILL cont. 10. The original screen will pop back up after you click Login. 11. At the bottom of the catalog, look for the Request link. Click on Request. ILL cont. 12. A new pop-up window will appear. Double- check the “Not Needed After” and the “Preferred Media” and set them to your needs. 13. Click on the button, Create ILL Request. 14. Your ILL request is now on its way! 15. Wait for the Library to email you about when the material is available for pick-up at the LSC Library Circulation Desk. ILL FAQs How many ILL materials can I request? LSC students are limited to 5 active ILL requests. [Note: Once an article is received, the request is no longer active; one a book is returned, the request is no longer active.] When I fill out the ILL form, does the “need-by” date mean I can specify when my ILL will arrive at the Library? The “need-by” date does not speed up processing of requests. It tells library staff how long we should keep looking for items not readily available. When can I expect ILL materials to arrive at the library? Books: Turnaround time varies greatly depending on the type of material, the location of the lender, etc. Allow ample time—a week or more—to ensure that you will get your material. You will be notified by LSC email when your book arrives. Articles: Most articles are available from the University of Minnesota and are sent electronically. These are generally available within 2-3 days. Other articles (not owned by U of M) will take longer. You will be notified by LSC email about your article. When is my ILL due back? The loaning library sets the time limit as to how long you can keep an ILL item. Honor all deadlines--you will be charged fees if you go beyond this limit. What if I’m not on campus to get my ILL(s)? At this time, the LSC Library does not mail ILL materials. If you are an LSC online student who lives quite a distance from the LSC campus, check with your local public library about requesting ILL services. Now Showing… Instant Films! The Library now has access to thousands of streaming, educational videos—all at your fingertips! You can view them from anywhere you have a high-speed internet connection. Look for the link, Films on Demand, on the Library’s website. Or, if you know a title or subject of a film, type that in to the Catalog search box. Instant Films cont. If you have clicked on the Films on Demand link on the Library website, you will see this screenshot. Locate a film of interest by using the navigation bar [Home, Subjects, Special Collections]. You can also search by Title on the Films on Demand website. Library Databases Library Databases cont. • For your research papers, you may be asked to locate and read some articles (including scholarly, aka academic or peer-reviewed articles). • To locate and read these articles, you will need the library’s electronic databases. Library Databases cont. • Databases enable you to search • Most of the things you find in a through thousands (sometimes library database cannot be found by millions) of different magazines, searching Google or Wikipedia. These journals and newspapers to find are subscription services that the articles on a particular topic. library pays for and you must go • Some of the articles you will find are through the library's website to Full Text, which means you can read access them. (or print out) the entire article right there online. • Other times the database will only provide you with an abstract, or summary of the article. • Other times, the database will only give you a citation, which gives you only general information such as author(s), title of the article, publication date, name of the journal, volume and/or issue number, and page number(s). Lake Land College Library, Lib 100: Intro to Information Literacy Library Databases cont. To use the library databases, you will need your student ID and your library barcode. Click the Search Databases link to log on. If you experience difficulty with logging on, contact the library at (218) 733- 5912. Log on to the Library’s Databases After clicking on the Databases link, you will be prompted to log on by entering the following: User ID: The 14 digit number on the back of your student ID card (Note: If you don’t have an ID, see slide #3) Password: Your last name Library Databases cont. The Library subscribes to a number of electronic databases. Notice the variety of subject databases including Health, Science, Business, and Education. There are also general databases. There are two strategies for locating articles on your topic: • You can use a general database such as Academic Search Premier or Expanded Academic ASAP. Sometimes, however, a general database may not provide comprehensive coverage on your topic. • You can use specific subject database. For example, if you are doing research on adult diabetes and early prevention, you’re likely to find deeper coverage of your topic in a subject database. So, CINAHL would be a good pick to find information on adult diabetes and early prevention. Internet Sources vs. Library Databases We realize that today's students head straight to Google to start research. How do we know? We meet them in a frazzled state after they've spent hours shifting through millions of commercial sites looking for solid research material and end up empty-handed. Granted, we like Google, but here are the top ten reasons to try the databases instead. • You have access to articles by scholarly experts in their field. (Credibility!) • You have access to thousands of journals, many not available without a subscription. • You can access reputable academic journals. • Databases provide an international perspective. • Your instructors will be impressed. • Databases are updated daily. (And they always provide a date of publication.) • The database search pages contain many limiters to speed the search process. • The database results pages provide help with citations. • You pay for them! (Your tuition funds the library; the library buys the databases.) The databases provide online access to many ----- Magazines , Journal articles, Newspapers Your access to databases is just one of the privileges of being an LSC student. In order to use them from off-campus, you’ll need your library barcode. If you don’t have a library barcode, see slide #3. From: Lane Community College Library. “Databases vs. the Web.” Library Toolkit (Handouts). Web 21 Dec. 2010. http://www.lanecc.edu/library/instruction/handouts.htm>. Wikipedia: The Good and the Ugly Good Academic Uses of Wikipedia Ugly Academic Uses of Wikipedia 1. Getting an overview of a subject you 1. Never every copy information from a don’t know much about. Wikipedia article and paste it into a 2. Brainstorming topics and ways to paper. That’s plagiarism. narrow a topic. 2. Don’t believe what you read on 3. Finding keywords you can use to search Wikipedia without first finding another for more information on the Web and in source to verify the information. library databases and catalogs. 3. Don’t use Wikipedia as a source of 4. Some Wikipedia articles have lists of information for an essay or a research references, notes, or external links at paper. For college-level research and the end that can guide you to other writing, you need more comprehensive sources of information. and authoritative sources. In short, the Internet and Wikipedia should not be used primarily for research. They can be good sources for getting an overview about your topic, but the best and more efficient way to find information is by using the From: Lane Community College Library. “Wikipedia: The Good and the Ugly.” Library Toolkit (Handouts). Web 21 Dec. 2010. http://www.lanecc.edu/library/instruction/handouts.htm>. library databases. Evaluating Information & Citing Evaluating Information cont. Applying the CRAAP Test When you search for information, you’re going to find lots of it…but is it good information? The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to help you evaluate the information you find. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need. Currency: The timeliness of the information. • When was the information published or posted? • Has the information been revised or updated? • Does your topic require current information, or will older Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content. sources work as well? • Where does the information come from? • If a web source, are the links functional? • Has the information been reviewed or refereed? • Can you verify if any of the information in another Relevance: The importance of the information for your source or from personal knowledge? needs. • Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of • Does the information related to you topic or answer your emotion? question? • Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors? • Who is the intended audience? • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)? Purpose: The reason the information exists. • Have you looked at a variety of sources before • What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, determining this is one you will use? teach, sell, entertain or persuade? • Would you be comfortable citing this source in your • Do the authors / sponsors make their intentions or paper? purpose clear? • Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda? • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial? Authority: The source of the information. • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, • Who is the author / publisher / source / sponsor? institutional or personal biases? • What are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations? • Is the author qualified to write on the topic? • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address? • If a web source, does the URL reveal anything about the author or sources? [Examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net] From: Meriam Library, California State University, Chico Citing Your Sources (aka Bibliography, References, Works Cited) APA Citation Style MLA Citation Style Click on the links above to learn Why is Citing important? A website from more about those citation style the University of Albany provides some reasons on when and why you cite your manuals. See also Purdue OWL for sources. examples of APA and MLA citations. Source: Chicago Illinois WPA Art Project, For Greater Knowledge on More Subjects Use Your Library Often! 1940. Print on board. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington ,D.C. Web. 9 Sep. 2010. Library Services & Facility • Research Assistance • Quiet Library for studying • Small Group Study Rooms • Shared Group Study Room, E1042 • Computers & Printer for Research • Copy Machine • Individual consultation by appointment • Covered beverages allowed • Muted cell phones o.k. The Harold P. Erickson Library Questions? 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