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Illinois Prairie Path Archives open house

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The public is invited to meet volunteers who helped build the Illinois Prairie Path and view materials from the organization’s archives during an open house Aug. 11 at North Central College.

The Illinois Prairie Path Archives Open House takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, in the lower level of North Central College’s Oesterle Library, 320 E. School St., Naperville.

The College in early February accepted delivery of the Prairie Path archives, which previously had been stored in Wheaton. Materials in the collection now available for public viewing include photographs… (read more)

Library Staff wins Dissinger

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Congratulations to Circulation and Reserves Assistant Heidi Popovich for winning the 2014 Dissinger Award for support staff members! North Central College’s Dissinger Awards provide an annual occasion to honor and reward faculty and staff who distinguish themselves and the College by their excellence in teaching and mentoring, scholarship, service and/or their performance of a job “above and beyond the call of duty.”

New CardinalSearch Beta

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Oesterle Library’s new CardinalSearch Beta is a search tool that will allow you to search across many of the library’s most popular databases at once. Also included in CardinalSearch results are items from CardinalCat (Oesterle Library’s online catalog) and I-Share.

As CardinalSearch is still in its beta testing phase, we recommend that you use it as a starting point for your research or as a place to begin background research on your topic. If you do use CardinalSearch for your research please provide us with feedback so we can try to improve the service. If you have any questions about CardinalSearch or using it for your research please feel free to contact us.

Help with Citation Styles

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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.

Library Hours during Finals Week

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Finals week hours for the Library will be Monday – Tuesday, 7:45 a.m. – Midnight, Wednesday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the Library will be closed for the Weekend of June 8-9th.

Summer Session begins on Monday June 10th and continues through August 2nd. The Library will be open Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

The Library will be closed for the 4th of July weekend.

Stay informed of library hours through the Library web site.

The Art of Browsing

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

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.

Spring has sprung. Use the Research by Subject pages.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

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.

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.

Kindles available at the library

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Oesterle Library has purchased 6 Kindle e-Book readers that will begin circulating to North Central College students,
faculty, and staff during fall term 2012. The initiative was launched at the request of President Hal Wilde, who suggested
that campus community members would enjoy and benefit from access to the technology.

Borrowers may select from three Kindle Fires and three Kindle Touches, each of which has been loaded with a themed
reading list. The themes are:

Kindle 1: Books that have been or are currently being made into movies, such as Shannon Hale’s Austenland and
Max Brooks’ World War Z

Kindle 2: Books about celebrating living sustainably, including vegetarian cookbooks and green crafting ideas

Kindle 3: Books to prepare readers for the November election, such as Bob Woodward’s Obama’s Wars and Michael Kranish’s The Real Romney

Kindle 4: Popular classics (This theme was recommended by Oesterle Library’s student assistants)

Kindle 5: Current biographies, including Bossypants by Tina Fey and Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Kindle 6: Young adult literature, such as the Hunger Games trilogy and the first two installments of the Divergent trilogy.

Kindles will circulate for two weeks and may not be renewed. A waitlist is available at the Information Services Desk. A title search for “Kindle” in CardinalCat will bring up the records of each of the six devices and their availability. All of the titles loaded to each device are listed under “Table of Contents.” If you’d like to check out a Kindle, just stop by the Information Services Desk.

Tom Lynch Watercolor Exhibit

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Dramatic Watercolor, an exhibit by painter Tom Lynch, will be on display from April 1, 2012 to May 3, 2012 in the Osterle Library Gallery. Lynch’s dramatic use of color, contrast, sunlight and shadow will stimulate the imagination. He strives for movement and resonance in his paintings, pushing beyond what the environment provides on its own by embellishing the already striking features of nature. The artist reception will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 1. For more information see: http://finearts.northcentralcollege.edu/x53598.xml