Monthly Archives: February 2014

Don’t see what you need? Get it from ILL!

 

Borrowing from across the country

Borrowing from across the country

Have a research paper due at the end of the semester? Have you started on your research? If not, consider getting a head start before spring break, and using the Library’s Interlibrary Loan service! The Stonehill College library has a quarter of a million books and access to nearly 40,000 journals, but sometimes you just don’t find what you need on campus. When this happens, use ILL. Interlibrary Loan is a system that enables libraries to borrow from libraries all over the world.  Last year we sent books to six continents, and received items from as far away as South Africa. We can obtain these items for you at no cost to you.

Because items have to be requested and sent from other libraries, items take some time to get here.  Books take about 1-2 weeks depending on where they come from; articles can be much faster, and are delivered to you electronically as PDFs. Most articles arrive in just a few days, but rare items can take longer, especially if we need to get things from overseas. For instance, articles from journals whose titles begin with the word “international” tend to take longer to arrive.

If you are in a hurry for an item, talk to a reference librarian, as he or she can give you some insight into how long an item might take, and give you alternatives for obtaining needed information.

If you don’t find what you want in our collection, don’t hesitate to use ILL. Many professors expect you to have the best information available on your topic, even if it is not in our collection.

You can order anything you want via ILL, even books for recreational reading.  There are, however, some things that are difficult to get on ILL. For example it is almost impossible to get textbooks because most libraries do not buy them, and new DVDs are also difficult to borrow.

If you don’t have an ILL account, they are easy to set up, just go to the New User link, and click on Register Now. To check on the status of ILL requests go to “Accessing your Accounts” and click on Interlibrary Loan.  You sign in with your username and password, and you can check on the status of your orders. If you get started before you head off to the break, we’ll be able to work on your requests while you’re away, and you’ll increase your ability to get everything you need in time for that end-of-the-semester crunch!

If you have any questions contact Heather Perry at hperry@stonehill.edu.

What’s New In Academic Search Complete?

Using cost savings from our continued transition from print to electronic journals, the Library has been able to upgrade from Academic Search Premier to Academic Search Complete. But what does this mean for you, the researcher? The good news is that you gain access to more content, you don’t lose access to any of the journals you may previously have used in Academic Search Premier. Also, how you search doesn’t change. Your experience as a user going to Academic Search Complete to conduct your research will be exactly the same, you’ll simply see “Academic Search Complete” at the top of your search screen, rather than “Academic Search Premier.”

Academic Search Complete

So, what will change? With Academic Search Complete, the Stonehill community has access to over 9,000 full-text journals, nearly 4,000 of which are new, peer-reviewed full-text titles. Our full-text coverage increases by about 48% with this upgrade.

Just a few of the new full-text titles include:

  • American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • American Journal of Food Technology
  • American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • European Journal of Jewish Studies
  • Harvard Human Rights Journal
  • Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion
  • International Journal of Communication Systems
  • Journal of Popular Music Studies
  • Progress in Physics

For a number of journals within Academic Search Complete, full-text coverage dates back to 1975 or further, giving students and faculty access to a broader depth of material, in addition to a greatly expanded range of material.

Academic Search Complete Expanded Full Text

 

This upgrade also means greater full-text access to materials indexed in other bibliographic databases. For instance, with Academic Search Premier, the Stonehill Community could obtain the full text of 722 titles indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. With Academic Search Complete, this number increases to 886. We see a similar increase in the social sciences (where our access to full-text for journals indexed in PsycINFO increases from 560 to 722) and the sciences.

 

If you would like more information on the new journals covered by Academic Search Complete in your subject area, please contact your Subject Liaison. You can also send any questions to reference@stonehill.edu, or call 508.565.1203.

Cozy, Hot Chocolate

Starbucks' Hot Chocolate

Starbucks’ Hot Chocolate

When it’s chilly outside, it’s always great to find someplace cozy where you can study with a nice, warm drink. Ace’s Place is here to make that happen! Pick a seat, either at a table or a booth, and then get a cup of Starbucks hot chocolate. With whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle on top, it’s the perfect treat for a cold day. If you’re looking for a delicious new twist on this wintertime favorite, try the raspberry hot chocolate! Pair it with a scone or cupcake for a scrumptious study-time snack.

The winter is the best time to enjoy cozy food, and Ace’s Place has plenty of it. Stop by today!

Written by Gavin Damore ’16

Federal Links & President’s Day

Government Documents at the MacPhaidin Library.

Government Documents at the MacPhaidin Library.

By George IT IS Washington’s Birthday appeared in the Winter 2004 issues of National Archives’ Prologue Magazine. C. L. Arbelbide provides a history of the Washington’s Birthday holiday. Was President Washington forgotten?

Read brief biography of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln from the Presidential Biographies available at the White House’s web site.

FDsys.gov is the portal to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. From this web site you can retrieve Public Law 90 – 363 which created the Monday holidays.

Government Documents Library Guide was created as a starting point to access Federal Government web site.

Meet LibChat

Ask UsIf you’ve visited any of our LibGuides pages recently, you may have noticed a green “Ask Us!” button, just like the one on your left, hanging out on the left-hand side of your browser. You can use this button to start a chat with a reference librarian. Click on the “Ask Us” Button, and you will see one of two options. When Reference Librarians are online, you will see a box that looks like this:

Welcome to LibChat

 

Once you enter your name and hit “Chat” you will see a box that looks like this:

Connected to LibChat

 

This means the Librarian on chat has been notified that there’s a new visitor. Someone will respond as quickly as possible so that you can ask your question and get started on finding an answer.

 

When Reference Librarians are not online, don’t worry! You can still ask your question. You will see a box that tells you that LibChat is offline:

Offline

 

Entering your question here will search for your request in our LibAnswers Knowledgebase. For instance, if I enter the question “How do I print?” I will see links to all the public Knowledgebase questions that have to do with printing:

Printing in the Library

 

I also have the option, on the right, to submit a new question and get an answer via email.

 

LibChat is just one of the ways that your Librarians try to provide you with reference assistance where and when you need it. Generally, a Librarian is available on LibChat whenever the Reference Desk is open. We also use this as a way to provide Reference Assistance when bad weather prevents us from being at the desk during our regular hours.

 

You can also reach us by phone at 508.565.1203 or by email at reference@stonehill.edu, but if you’re in need of assistance and you see us online, LibChat is another great way to get the help you need.

Fell in Love at the Library

Fell in Love at the LibraryThis student’s six word story is extremely appropriate for Valentine’s Day, and we hope that you’ve fallen in love with the library just like they have! There’s plenty to adore – Ace’s Place, the cozy atmosphere, books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs, and so much more.

Our DVD collection has lots of romantic movies. Check one out for your Valentine’s Day celebration! Watch a classic like Casablanca, or enjoy something more contemporary like The Notebook. There are lots of timeless Disney love stories, too!  Prefer books to movies? Check out the leisure reading section for romance novels by Nicholas Sparks and Danielle Steel.

Show your love for the library this Valentine’s Day by paying us a visit. You’re sure to find the perfect romance book or movie – and maybe even a treat from Ace’s Place – while here!

Written by Gavin Damore ’16