May 21st, 2013 by Jane Egan
There is a lot of stapling going on in the library as students print out drafts or, better yet, final versions of research papers for this term. Not every one has reached this point, however, so here are a few helpful resources to get you through these last two weeks.
- Refer to our online guide to Citing Sources to help you compose your list of references, using APA, MLA or Chicago Manual of Style formats.
- Check out the list of Library Hours and come in to study and to ask for help. Remember that there is a designated quiet study area on the Lower Level and group study rooms – two of which have a computer with projector, so your group can work together efficiently!
- Comfy chairs. Snuggle up with your rough draft or maybe close your eyes for just a second.
May 14th, 2013 by Jane Egan
One of the functions of a classification system like the Dewey Decimal System is to group together similar items. Each call number refers to a subject area; the longer the number, the more specific the subject. For example, any items in the range of 650-659 fall under the general heading of “Management,” while the number 658.4092 specifically refers to “Leadership.” So what this means to you is – there might be really useful items just to the left or right, or one shelf up or down from where you are looking. Here’s another example: Books about specific Impressionist painters are in the 759.4 call number, but there is a more general book about French Impressionism at 759.054 and a book about the history of Impressionism at 759.914. Now these books are a few shelves away from each other, so it’s worth your time to have a look around. You may also discover a book about a very cool Impressionist painter that you’ve never heard of, a book that just sort of jumped out at you from a row above where you were looking. So click here for library hours, then come in and browse.
May 7th, 2013 by Jane Egan
APA, MLA, Chicago Style. They are not secret government organizations or fashion trends, just different ways of formatting your bibliography. As the end of the term draws near, you may need to follow one of these styles as part of an assignment. Oesterle Library’s web site has an excellent guide to using these citation styles, Citing Sources. It includes links to web sites with examples and other tips for compiling your works cited page. If you need any additional help, contact us via phone, chat, email or text, or better yet, come in and ask for help when the library is open.
April 30th, 2013 by Jane Egan
Just a reminder that Oesterle Library’s web site includes these very helpful “Research by Subject” pages. For many areas of study, like Exercise Science and Biology, Librarians have compiled online subject guides. These include links to relevant databases, lists of useful reference books and important journals, catalog search tips, and a new books section – highlighting additions to the collection in that subject area. Celebrate a return to outdoor living and check out the Environmental Sciences subject guide or the Urban and Suburban Studies subject guide.
April 23rd, 2013 by Jane Egan
We have study areas to satisfy all your studying needs. For setting up at a table and feeling the study vibe all around you, the Reference Room on the main level is your best bet. The tables in the Tyson Center, also on the main level, are a good locale for spreading out your project and getting it finished off. Group study rooms on the main level and lower level are great places to get things hashed out with your group – two of them have computers with projectors. If you need absolute silence, remember that the lower level periodicals room is a designated quiet study area. There are also comfy chairs here and there throughout the library where you can settle in and study the night away. Click for a complete list of libray hours.
April 16th, 2013 by Jane Egan
Databases are search tools that help you find articles in journals. Databases like JSTOR and Academic Search Premier contain articles from many different academic fields. Some disciplines, like Psychology and Education, have their own databases, PsychInfo and ERIC. To investigate which databases may be useful to you, start at the Research by Subject page and select your area of study; the relevant databases are listed right there with descriptions. You may also want to check out some other databases that contain different types of resources: images, videos, TV news transcripts, opinion polls, historical documents, music, and more! You never know when something like that may be useful for a project. Here are a few examples:
- Lexis-Nexis is a huge database that contains all sorts of sources – company reports and directories, legal resources, news transcripts, international news, biographical info, and a ton more.
- Music Online is a searchable database of streaming audio and liner notes for more than 75,000 American, classical and global songs from many genres.
- Women and Social Movements covers American women’s history from 1600-2000 and includes primary source materials (pamphlets, photos, audio recordings, etc).
Take a look through the alphabetical list of databases with descriptions; you will be surprised by all the interesting resources there.
April 9th, 2013 by Jane Egan
There are some extremely cool reference sources that are in book form. Very useful, detailed sources, focused on specific topics, that may actually be EASIER to consult than it would be to gather the information on the Web. For example:
Standard & Poor’s Industry Surveys provide detailed analysis of specific industries such as Biotechnology, Communication Equipment, Homebuilding, and Lodging & Gaming. Each 40-45 page report is updated twice annually and includes trends, key ratios and statistics, industry references and a comparative company analysis.
Switching gears now, a great source for film reviews is Magill’s Cinema Annual. Beginning in 1982, each annual volume profiles the films released that year, including a detailed synopsis, cast and credits and a list of all the published reviews – super useful of you are looking for reviews of older films!
And let’s not forget the subject-specific encyclopedia – a ridiculous amount of detail all in one place that you can page through to learn more about your area of interest. Some neat examples: Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America, The Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre, American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can’t See.
Useful reference books for each NCC area of study are listed on Oesterle Library’s Research by Subject web pages. The Reference Collection is located on the main floor of Oesterle Library.
April 2nd, 2013 by Jane Egan
It’s that time of the term when you get the assignment to find articles from scholarly journals. Your assignment may refer to them as peer-reviewed journals or academic journals or even refereed journals. While there are small differences between these terms, don’t sweat it. They basically all refer to articles written by one or more scholars or researchers, usually reporting the results of a study or of research. When the author submits the article to be published, his or her peers – other experts in that field of study (for example – Economics, East Asian Studies, Nuclear Physics) – review the work to verify that it contributes to the knowledge in that field and that sound research practices were followed. Here are two examples of what the articles from scholarly journals look like:
For more detailed information on this topic, check out the Help With Research page on the Library web site.
March 26th, 2013 by Jane Egan
Welcome back for Spring Term! Oesterle Library will have the following schedule during the Easter Weekend:
- Friday, March 29: 7:45 AM – closing at 12 noon
- Saturday, March 30: closed
- Sunday, March 31: closed
- Monday, April 1: 7:45 AM – 12 midnight
A complete listing of library hours can be found on the library web site.
March 12th, 2013 by Jane Egan
Oesterle Library will have a modified schedule during finals week and spring break week. March 13th through March 15th the library will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be closed March 16th and March 17th.
During spring break week the library will be open March 18th through March 22nd from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be closed March 23rd and March 24th. The library will resume with regular school term hours on Monday, March 25th.
Have a safe and relaxing spring break!