Monday, October 26, 2015

Research Tip: Locating Stable URLs for Articles

Have you ever been interrupted while researching and copied the search URL in an email with the intent to return to your search at a later time? If so, you have learned that in most cases, it does not work when you return to it.

Why? Each time you start a session in one of the library's databases, a unique session ID is attached to that search. When the window is closed, the database considers your research session over and the URL is no longer valid.

The fix: enter stable URLs. A stable URL is a short URL listed somewhere in the record for the article or periodical that you are interested in. It can also be called a permanent URL. If you bookmark, save, or copy a stable URL, you will be able to directly return to the article you selected. Look for stable and permanent URLs in our library's databases.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fall Break 2015 Hours

Hewes Library will have shorten hours for Fall Break, October 16 - 21, 2015.  The library will be open:

  • Friday, October 16: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday, October 17-18: Closed
  • Monday, October 19: 8:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 20: 8:00 a.m. - Midnight
  • Wednesday, October 21: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
Hewes Library and Einstein Brothers Bagels resume normal hours on Wednesday, October 21.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Research Tip: Locating the Full Text of Articles

Found the perfect article, but can’t find the full-text anywhere?  Sometimes a search in a database like Academic Search Premier shows you an article that looks like it would be perfect for your research only the complete article isn’t found in the database.  If this happens to you the first thing to do is click on the Article linker button found at the bottom of the listing.

This will tell you if the article can be found in either another database or in one of the journals found in Hewes Library.

If the clicking the “Article Linker” button returns the words “no holdings found for this title”, don’t despair, you can still request the article by logging on to your ILLiad account and filling out an Article Request Form.  The circulation staff will find a library that has the journal and request them to send a copy to Monmouth.  Please be sure to fill in as much information as possible on the request and you will be notified by the library when the article has arrived.  This process can take up to a week, so do your research early!

Friday, October 9, 2015

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library Collection on a continual basis. Recent titles
 have included:

  • Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson
  • Wilson by A. Scott Berg
  • Just Call me Superhero by Alina Bronsky
  • Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln by Richard Brookhiser
  • Road to Tara by  Anne Edwards
  • Subcultures: The Basics by Ross Haenfler
  • Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown
  • Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity by Nasar Meer
  • Making Waves by Scott M. Peters
  • Stage Kiss by Sarah Puhl

Monday, October 5, 2015

Research Tip: Off Campus Database Access

All of the databases provided by Hewes Library can be accessed from off campus. To do so, follow these directions:
  • Select the database you wish to use off campus. (You must select it from the library's web page instead of doing a web search for it.)
  • You will be prompted at a MC log in screen to enter a user name and password. Enter your MC user name and password - which is the same one you use to access your MC email.
  • Once logged in, you can use the resource as if you were on campus.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Database of the Month: JSTOR

The Database of the Month for October is JSTOR.  JSTOR is an archival collection of hundred of journals encompassing the humanities, social sciences, and sciences disciplines.  The collections include Arts & Sciences, Life Sciences, and e-book collections that are all searchable from a single interface.  Searching with the Advanced Search screen option allows you to filter results by source - articles, reviews, pamplets, etc - and by subject discipline allowing the user to create powerful and specific searches.

The best part?  JSTOR is completely full text - meaning that you will always be able to get the .PDF copy of the article that you are looking for.  It also contains plenty of books reviews, so if you ever find yourself looking for a review to see what an author's peers said about a work you can often find a review in the collection.

Within JSTOR, users can choose to create personal accounts.  A personal account will allow you to save articles and citations as you continue your research.

Find JSTOR on the library's Databases: Find Articles page.

Access to library databases is limited to the current students, staff, and faculty of Monmouth College.