Tag Archives: research help

Activate your library card!

librarycardNeed to have your information on the go?  Access information from home 24/7? Get a head start on your research?  Then you need to have your library card!

Bring your Student Picture ID to the library to have the barcode on the back activated.  Student IDs can be obtained from the Student Life Office.

Library cards, once activated, expire when your Student ID expires. 

Please contact the Circulation Desk at 847-214-7337 or email circdesk@elgin.edu if you have questions or to activate your card remotely.

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For faculty: How to find a journal title in the library’s print/online collections

Full Text Finder is a service you would use if you want to know if a magazine or journal article can be found in its entirety (full text) through our library’s collection.  Many of these journals also allow you to create an RSS Feed and/or Create an Alert, so you can keep up with the latest articles in your discipline.

Find Full Text Finder on the Article Databases webpage, by choosing “F” on the alphabetical list. It is also located under the Research drop down box on our home page under Find a Specific Journal.

To use Full Text Finder, simply type in the title you want to search.FTF search

Once you search the title, if the title is available in our collections, you will get a screen like this, with your link to the full text access:FTF results

You can also browse the journals by discipline (subject area). Click on the subject you want to explore, such as Biology, History, Marketing, etc:FTF discipline

If you need help using this tool or finding out if we carry a particular title, please contact us!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: Research Guides

Research Guides are online guides that provide quick access to databases, websites, books, ebooks and other resources on a given topic or for a specific class or assignment. Research Guides are a great starting point for your research, and have been created in consultation with your instructor.

It does what it says: it “guides your research” to the best sources to begin with on that topic. Guides are set up with tabs that lead you to subtopics within that guide, such as article databases, websites, books/ ebooks, citing, choosing a topic, search strategies, and more.

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To get started, click on Research Guides on the main library webpage.

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Find your topic on the alphabetical list. Then explore the guides either by the subject area or the guide created for your particular class. It’s that easy!

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To use resources off campus, you will need to activate your student ID with the Circulation Desk (847-214-7337 or circdesk@elgin.edu.)

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

For faculty (and students): Interlibrary Loan

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What is Interlibrary Loan:
Interlibrary Loan is the process by which the library will request materials not available in our own collection. Items are delivered to the library and you can pick them up and check them out just like any other library item. Items are usually free.

Why you should care:
This means that you can get just about any item you want, from any library, without having to try to find it yourself, for free.

The service includes books, journal articles, DVDs, videos, and other materials.

Plan ahead–sometimes items  can come quickly, but giving a week to 10 days for the item is a good rule of thumb.

Need to use it?
You can find the policies and form here.

For questions, contact Armando Trejo, Archives/Interlibrary Loan Librarian at (847) 214-7141.

Resource Spotlight: CINAHL Plus with Full Text

CINAHL_PlusFT_Logo-04From EBSCO: CINAHL Plus with Full Text covers a wide range of topics including nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. It includes full text of over 770 journals in the nursing and health sciences discipline.

CINAHL can be accessed through our Article Databases list or through EBSCO.

If you haven’t used CINAHL yet, this Help Sheet is a great place to start, or view this tutorial on basic searching:

For questions about using this database or researching, please contact the librarians in Building C or ask your instructor.

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—Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

New Research Guide: Undocumented Students and DACA

DacaGuideUnder the category “Current Events & Controversial Issues,” the library has created this Research Guide on “Undocumented Students and DACA” or “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”. The guide includes a four minute video (second tab) about this immigration program created by Obama in 2012, as well as information to keep informed on current government policies that appear to be threatening the status of the program. 
 

Tabs include information and articles specific to DACA, links to local and national legal resources (including Centro de Informatcion in Elgin), links to financial and educational resources, a Google news feed on DACA, and how to contact ECC’s Wellness Services department if you need help.

If you know of other related resources send us your suggestions and we will consider adding them to this informative resource.
Keeping your Future Bright at the ECC Library!

Jana


–Submitted by Jana Porter, Reference Librarian
 

Smarter Google Searching

googlelogo_color_284x96dpSearching Google is easy, right?  You just type in your word into the pretty white box and get 40 billion awesome results (NOT!)

We are going to make your life easier by providing these Top 5 Tips to smarter Google Searching.  Feel free to share your own tips in the comments!

  1. Quotation Marks 
    For example: “higher education” instead of higher education. This will narrow your results and allow the computer to search for the phrase.
  2. Boolean operators: AND and OR 
    AND is the default for Google searching, so when you add terms to your search, it will keep narrowing your focus.
    OR is a way to expand your search if you keep hitting dead ends. For example: higher education OR college OR university. Good for synonymous terms.
  3.  Site (domain) search: keyword + site:extension or name 
    For example, a search for children “mentally ill parents” site:gov
    will filter out most other site extensions and bring back government websites (.gov). This allows you to target one type of website as you search. You can also specify a specific site such as:
    anxiety site:Mayo Clinic to just retrieve results from the Mayo Clinic website.
  4. Google Scholar
    If you’re unsure where to start this can be a good starting point that directs you to scholarly resources. Sometimes you will get full text available through the library on this site as well. Not everything will be in full text.
  5. Advanced Search
    This tool is also great when you are looking for a specific source as it has a field for “all these words” as well as a field for “this exact word or phrase”.