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Archive for February 2013

Week Nine Survival Guide

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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.

Who is always there for you? I-Share is.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The collections of seventy-nine academic libraries are at your disposal. Search the I-Share catalog and discover materials that are available for you to borrow from I-Share libraries throughout the state. Create an account and make a request in the I-Share catalog; the materials will be delivered to Oesterle Library for you to pick up at the Information Services Desk. As our term winds down, now is the time make any last requests, as several days are required for processing and transport. Also know that you can go into any of the I-Share libraries and use your North Central ID to check out materials.

Database Searching: KISS, KISS (Keep It Simple, Student)

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Having trouble with your search for those “five scholarly sources” that your assignment requires? Let’s assume you have already done a bit of background reading and found your way to one of the library databases. (If you haven’t, try the Research by Subject pages). Pick the two or three main components of your topic and reduce each to one or two words.

Example: A paper exploring the legal issues surrounding marriage equality in the United States. Here’s a good start:

Here’s an equally good place to start that actually gives us different results than the other search:

Here’s the most important part: If you don’t like what you get, don’t give up, just try a few different terms and see what happens. Or – add a third search term to make the search more specific. Really look at the result list items and if you find a good one, look at the article and see if there are frequently-occurring words or phrases. Then use those in your search to get more like it!

After examining my results for the above searches, I discovered a few new terms and realized that I need to make sure my articles are all about the United States:

And as always, we are here to help via phone, chat, email, text AND in person.

American History in Video

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

American History in Video is a unique resource for students and faculty in many fields: Education, History, Communication, Political Science, Journalism. Currently totaling 6,005 titles, this database includes documentaries (PBS, A&E, the History Channel), newsreels and archival footage.
Topics in US History range from the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga (1758) to the Monterey Pop Festival (1967), the San Francisco Earthquake (1906) and Freedom Summer – Mississippi (1964). Newsreels from 1929-1967 include stories such as these from February 1931:

  • Prohibition officers nab operators in surprise still raid near Richmond, Va.
  • Edison, 84, dedicates $700,000 draw-bridge named in his honor, Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Liberty Bell rings for the last time until Independence Day, 2031 Philadelphia, Pa.

Each video is shown alongside a transcript which you can print or save. Use it as a source for your annotated bibliography project! Bring a presentation or lesson to life with a video clip!
Access American History in Video via the library web site (http://library.noctrl.edu); click the “Articles” tab and select from the drop-down menu.