Thursday, September 20, 2012

Library's website packed with helpful information

Ever wondered how many books you can check out as a Union University student?
Have you ever thought about combing through the online archives owned by the Emma Waters Summar Library and wondered how to find them?
Want to know which new books the library has recently acquired? How about which books are on Reserve for a particular professor?
All of the above and so much more can be found when you visit
During the next few weeks, visit the library's blog to learn more about how our website can help answer your questions.
For today, here's a quick primer on a few resources you will find at the top of the Quick Links listing, located on the right-hand side of the web page:
  • Access the library's new catalog, where you can find everything from books to journal articles to streaming media available to students, faculty and staff. (A separate post will later highlight some features of the new catalog.)
  •  Find a listing of specialized databases that contain everything from articles from academic journals, magazines and newspapers, video on demand, recordings and musical scores to images from art museums worldwide, reviews of academic books and a variety of online academic resources, dissertations, U.S. government publications, resources on health and wellness, critical analyses of authors, reviews of mathematical literature, military and intelligence reference materials, natural medicine and alternative therapy, scholarly research related to the Old and New Testaments, social work records, practice tests for the GRE and Praxis, law research and encyclopedia content (and that's just a sampling).
  • Search a list of e-resources or search for a journal title.
  • Make an appointment with a research coach (aka reference librarian) who can help you to broaden or narrow a search for materials, efficiently find and use resources and recognize which sources are appropriate.
  • Access to RefWorks, a place to organize electronic resources and create a bibliography using those resources. RefWorks also provides access to tools such as Write-N-Cite, which enables users to instantly cite references in a manuscript, and RefGrab-It, which captures supplemental information from websites that could be useful to you in your research. 
And if you still have questions, you're always welcome to stop by or call the library's circulation desk at 661-5070.

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