Posts Tagged ‘research’

Check it out — at the Monroe Library!

Welcome back, students!

Do you know about all the great services and equipment that we offer in the Learning Commons?

You can check out laptops (Macs, PCs and Eee PCs) and other cool equipment at the Learning Commons desk.  We have headphones, voice recorders, cameras, video recorders, webcams, flip cams, and much more.  We even have Midi Keyboards that you can borrow!

Besides equipment, you can also check out lockers and private study rooms.  And don’t forget about the great research help we offer!  Our librarians can help you locate scholarly articles, books, and even DVDs that are relevant to your research.  (And if you just need something fun to read, we can help you find that, too!)

So come on over to the Learning Commons desk and let us know what you need.  We’re here to help you!

Happy National Procrastination Week!

So, National Procrastination Week is March 2-March 8, right in the middle of midterms.  Coincidence?  Probably.  All I know is that I waited till the week was halfway over to blog about it.  Because I’m in the spirit.

If you feel the need to get some procrastinating done (or if you just need to take a break from that question set/term paper/ take-home test before your head explodes), we’ve set up a brand-spankin’-new book display in the front alcove, across from the Common Grounds Cafe. In addition to the magazines and the pop fiction books that were there from before (and are themselves prime procrastination material), we’ve hooked you up with an entire book display devoted to one thing: pretty, pretty pictures.  There’s art books if you’re feeling classy, graphic novels if you’re feeling literary, and pop-up books if you’re feeling like you’ve had enough, you know, thinking.

If you’re looking for some books with pretty, pretty pictures, or even if you’re looking for books for less procrastinatory purposes, you can use Library of Congress subject headings.  For example, for this book display, I used subject headings like:

Comic books, strips, etc.

Graphic novels.

Stories without words.

Toy and movable books–Specimens (Pop-up books!)

Art, Modern–20th century.

Art, Modern–19th century.

These headings are fixed (but more than one can apply to an item), and are decided by the Library of Congress.  Apparently “Pictures–Pretty, pretty.” was not descriptive enough for them.

One easy way to find specific headings is to find a book in the catalog that seems close to what you’re looking for or that you know is related to your search.  Look at its catalog record.  There you can see all of the LC subject terms that were used to describe the item.  In our catalog, you can click on whatever subject terms are relevant to your search and see all of the books that were cataloged with the same terms. It’s a pretty awesome tool to have in your back pocket, so if you still feel unsure about how to use it, stop by the Learning Commons Desk.  We’re totally happy to walk you through the process.  Plus, you can kill time by talking to us while still feeling productive because you’re learning a skill.  Sweet!

-Aimee

Oh– guess what I learned today!  “Procrastinatory” doesn’t set off the spell check.  Because it’s a real word!!! How crazy is that?

Academic Search Complete has changed

The EBSCOhost company has just made a major update to their user interface. That’s important because we get 56 databases from them – more than any other company! They produce important titles like Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete. They’ve made the initial page more Google-like, with a simple search box. The search results look different, too. There are many ways to focus your search, by year, type of publication, and other ways. Old features are still there; look at the top of the page and the sides for familiar functions. A great overview is available at http://www.ebscohost.com/2.0_flash. Try it and let us know what you think at 504-864-7111. — Jim Hobbs, hobbs@loyno.edu, 504-864-7126