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How to find images quickly in EBSCO databases

Similar to the way we can limit a search to Full Text or Peer Reviewed, a new stand-alone limiter called Image Quick View has recently been added to the EBSCO databases. This has replaced the previously available limiter Articles With Images, embedded as an option we could choose from a menu list.

In addition, another new limiter Image Quick View Types enables us to further narrow our search to specific kinds of images (Black & White Photograph, Chart, Color Photograph, Diagram, Graph, Illustration, and Map).

To try them out:
From Basic Search – click on Search Options, scroll down the page and find them on the lower right
From Advanced Search – they are the first 2 limiters on the left just under Limit Your Results

Did you know…? CBC – The National

Are you looking for current news?  CBC – The National is recorded every day (Monday-Friday) and is available for loan.  These DVD’s are kept at the Reserve Desk and have a 1 week loan period.  Please see the helpful staff in the library for assistance.

History at a glance?

If you’re trying to gain an overview of US or modern world history, here’s something that might help.

A new feature called CLIO NOTES has recently been added to both America: History & Life and Historical Abstracts, two databases that the Library has licensed via EBSCO.

CLIO Notes is a great tool which provides chronologies and summaries of significant events and themes in US history and world history since 1450. Each period / event is divided into subtopics with informative essays and suggestions for further research. Linked subject terms which search the entire database are also provided.

Find America: History & Life and Historical Abstracts from the relevant Library -> Research Databases pages. To access CLIO Notes, click on the third button at the top left corner of the main page of either database.

Please contact the Library Info Desk for queries or assistance. Happy browsing!

Fourth Annual United Way Booksale – Nov 20, 2008

Join us November 20th on Mainstreet when the library will be hosting the Annual United Way Booksale.  All books will be sold for $1 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The United Way.

Help out by dropping off your unwanted books at the Circulation / Reserves desk in the Library anytime before November 20th.

Library Amnesty Days – November 18th & 19th

Help out your fellow students and save some $$$…

On Tuesday, November 18th and Wednesday, November 19th, 2008, the Library will take up to $5.00 off your fines with a donation to the Student Food Bank.  For more information, please see the Circulation / Reserve Desk or call 440-6019.

Items in high demand include: powdered or canned milk, canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, sugar, coffee, tea, peanut butter, baby food and formula.  There is also a great need for toothpaste, toothbrushes, liquid hand soap, baby care items, toilet paper and feminine hygiene products.

Don’t have Library fines?  Donating to the Student Food Bank is just one of the ways you can help out the Peer Support Centre with their “Season of Caring” program.  For more information about this program, please contact the PSC Coordinator at 440-6269 or stop by room Z210 on the 2nd floor of Wyckham House.

Student Feedback – My Bookshelf

Submission:

“Why not provide a direct link to “My Bookshelf” under the find heading of your main page?” – Lawrence Davidson

Response:

Thank you for your feedback Lawrence, it is a good suggestion.  We are working on making the ebrary link more prominent on our website so that it will be easier for you to get to your “Bookshelf”.

2am. My paper is due in __ hours!

You know when it’s that time in the semester when it feels like EVERYTHING is due all at once and there are a million papers and exams and debates and assignments? Your paper is due and you just haven’t had time to actually do that research you planned to do, because of school and work and sports and life in general! And now you only have a few hours to get some research done and type up that paper but it’s 2am and the library is closed and you aren’t sure where to start. Here are two suggestion that can help get you on track from anywhere with an internet connection!

  • How do I? – Under “Help” we have a link to a variety of “How do I”s. They range from explanation of how to choose a topic, how to search for articles, how to search the web better and everything in between! They walk you through it with advice, links to other sites and even some video tutorials! It’s like having someone from the library explain and give their best tips -in the comfort of your own home!
  • e books – That’s right, over 60, 000 online versions of real books, owned by our library, brought to you by our ebrary collection and available at 3am from home! Go to the Find Books / AV Course Reserves to search the catalogue and use the “Limit to” box to limit to ebooks. To get the book you want, click on the title and then on the web link on the following page!

Most of all, try not to stress too much. Make yourself another pot of coffee, throw on your comfiest sweats and check out our research databases, encyclopedias and e books online. Good night and good luck!

Student Feedback – Online Renewals

Submission:

Purpose of you visit?
Renew books & pay fine.
Were staff knowledgeable, courteous & able to assist you?
Absolutely.
Did you get what you needed?
Yes.
Suggestions / comments on how we can improve?
Please look into changing the renew time online to later at night.  Maybe 10pm.  I couldn’t renew until after 9 (got home from work)

Response:

Currently, items from the Main Collection are due back at whatever time the Library closes on the due date.  So, if your books are due back Monday – Thursday, then they are due at 10:00pm.  If they are due back on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, then they are due at 8:00pm.  After this time, they will become overdue and you will no longer be able to renew them online.  You will still be able to renew your books in person or over the phone during the hours the Library is open.  Thank you for your feedback; we have taken your suggestion under consideration and will be reviewing our current policy.

Student Feedback – Wireless Internet

Submission:

Purpose of your visit?
To access wireless inventory quietly.
Were staff knowledgeable, courteous & able to assist you?
Yes.
Did you get what you needed?
Satisfactory, however I would appreciate an encrypted wireless service for my laptop or somewhere to plug in for internet.
Suggestions / comments on how we can improve?
I probably could go to the computer lab for that but that’s a great idea.

Response:

Students can access the College’s wireless network by using their MyMRC username and password.  If you need assistance in setting up your laptop for wireless use, please see someone at the Student Computing Office in Room E251.  Internet plug-ins are not currently available for laptops in the Library – but we’ve added it to our “wishlist” for the future.