Categorize this Library Tip under additional Library Catalog Searching Tricks. As mentioned last time, our SMU library online catalog is a bit finicky, so you’ll want to be on top of your game when you’re searching for books or videos on a specific topic. Below are some effective tips for finding the best information for your needs.A word search is usually the best place to start because it will look for your search terms in all parts of the catalog record, not just the title. This means if the contents of the book are included in the record, results will be pulled up if your keywords appear in the chapter titles or section headings. Check out the picture below (enlarge it by clicking on it) and read the comments next to each section of the search page.Once you find a book that interests you, open its record by clicking on the hyperlinked book title.You can locate additional items by clicking on one of the subject headings located toward the bottom of the catalog record. These subjects will link you to additional subjects and additional books on the same and similar subjects. If you’re wondering why searching by subject is better (or worse) than searching by keyword, or for that matter, if you’re wondering what the differences between subjects and keywords even are, please visit our Subject vs. Keyword searching web page.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
- Ever find the perfect book, head towards the shelf, not find it, check back on the computer screen, and discover the book is actually on our Winona campus? Arg! That is because the catalog searches both the Twin Cities and Winona campus libraries as a default. See below.
- Thus, to search ONLY the Twin Cities Campus physical library: Change the “library to search” box on the main page to “Twin Cities Campus Library – All.”
- To search ONLY videos and dvds available on the Twin Cities Campus library: In the “library to search” box, look under Twin Cities Campus Library –All, and select“–Videos and DVDs”
- To search almost 30 Minnesota higher education institutions’ library catalogs: Change the “library to search” box on the main page to “All MnPALS Libraries (MnSCU, Colleges, Gov’t).” You’ll need to order these books/videos through Interlibrary Loan.
Click here to read more about using our library catalog, and pick up more searching hints to make accessing the information you need a painless process.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
- Monday, August 11th and Tuesday, August 12th, and Wednesday August 13th we will begin packing up the library collection. Because of this some items may be temporarily inaccessible. The library will be open from 9AM - 6PM on Mon-Weds.
- Thursday, August 14th we will be CLOSED so we can move.
- Friday, August 15th we will be CLOSED UNTIL 3:00PM so we have time to set up in our temporary home.
- We are closed Saturday, August 16th.
- Our temporary library home will be in LaSalle Room 158. Our offices will be located in the LaSalle Conference Room
- Computers will be available in the computer labs (except during scheduled class times) in the bookstore, and in LaSalle Room 56
- During renovations some library materials may have limited access or be unavailable. We will continue to do our best to get you the materials you need while we're in transition.
Thank you for your patience with all of our changes. Remember, we will still be available in person, by phone, by email, and on chat.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
- SmartText Searching
- Ready made reference citations in many citation styles, including APA and AMA
- Graphics searching
- RSS and email alerts for searches
- Mouseover abstract/citation pop-ups
Monday, July 14, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Confused by 21st Century technology vocabulary, like wiki, blogs, or rss feed? There is an excellent free educational web site to bring you up to speed on new technology, called Common Craft. Common Craft offers short, informative and entertaining videos that, to quote from their web site, focus on “making complex ideas easy to understand. We use a whiteboard-and-paper format we call Paperworks that is designed to cut out the noise and stick to what matters.” Each video only lasts a few minutes, but you’ll walk (or click?) away with a greater understanding of the technology swirling around you.
For a sample of how excellent this resource is, follow this link to watch “Wikis in Plain English” on Common Craft’s web site: http://www.commoncraft.com/video-wikis-plain-english
To view the complete list of free educational videos, visit: http://www.commoncraft.com/shows/video
Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
This is an extremely helpful tip if you find yourself overwhelmed by a high number of search results while searching for information in a database or online search engine. Boolean operators, otherwise known as AND, OR, and NOT, are useful tricks that allow you to search for longer phrases and multiple keywords. The result is fewer, but more relevant, search results.
To learn more about Boolean operators, visit our Search Strategies and Helpful Tips page. There you can print a handout of tips regarding searching with Boolean operators, subject headings, and more.
If visual learning is more your thing, check out this slightly corny but very informative video produced by the Schurz Library at IU South Bend.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
- Look near the top right-hand corner of the Internet browser screen. Chances are you see something similar to the image below.
- That is a Google search engine search box, built into your Internet browser.
- In that box, type in define: then the word that you would like defined. See below.
- Hit enter.
- A Google search results page pops up with multiple definitions to choose from.
- In about 30 seconds you've gone from staring blankly at a strange word to finding a suitable definition to understanding your new word in context. Brilliant!
And in case you are curious.... Elegiac: expressing sorrow often for something past; "an elegiac lament for youthful ideals" (taken from wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
- Patrons will not be able to create ILL requests through the Library catalog. However, you will still be able to search for books. Please manually keep a record of anything you'd like ordered, and email a list of those items to email@example.com
- Should you be working in a database looking for articles, the FindIt button will not function.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
- You'll save yourself time.
- You'll save yourself money, not having to make copies out of the book (if you print at home). (Or work.) (Sneaky.)
- You can access the reviews anytime, anywhere.
- Risk of paper cut lowers 86%.
- Go to our home page, http://www.smumn.edu/tclibrary
- Click the link "search for articles"
- Browse through the databases listed under "Health & Social Sciences". You should see both Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print.
- Remember if you're off campus, you'll need to log in with your Saint Mary's University username and password to access the databases.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Yay! SMU students, enjoy your
two week break from classes!
April 21st-May 2nd, the library will be open from 9am-6pm each day.
We are not open Saturday, April 26th or Saturday, May 3rd.
Normal semester hours will resume with the start of the Summer semester, May 5th.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The Twin Cities Campus Library has put together an online wiki, called the Saint Mary's University Career Guide, to help Saint Mary's students with job searching. Students and employees of Saint Mary's University can add links to jobs, career help, resume help, and anything else that will assist our students in finding and gaining employment.
Included in the wiki are resume tips and help, interviewing tips, multiple local job websites and postings, and cost of living/salary tools.
Because this is an open-access online tool, YOU can add your own tips, comments, interview or resume suggestions, and more. Meet other members of the site, invite your friends or classmates to join, and search for and view other wikis related to your field of study.
Take a look around the site—you may find some very helpful information, and perhaps the key to your next job!
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Do you ever wish that you could search multiple databases all at once, thus eliminating the need to search one by one, through each database, to find the best information on your topic? Well, there is a way to do this through our EBSCO and ProQuest Databases.
EBSCO databases: When you go to a search screen in any EBSCO database, be sure to notice the line under the search boxes that says "in: Database Name". You can click the dropdown menu and choose multiple databases to simultaneously search! See the image below.
EBSCO databases include but are not limited to: Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, MasterFILE Premier, EBSCO MegaFILE, Mental Measurements Yearbook, and Tests in Print.
ProQuest databases: When you go to a search screen in any ProQuest database, be sure to notice the hot link under the search boxes that says "Select Multiple Databases." Select that link and you're taken to a page with multiple ProQuest databases. You can check the boxes next to the databases you'd like to search. See images below.
ProQuest databases include, but are not limited to: Criminal Justice Periodicals, ProQuest Education Journals, ProQuest Newspapers, ProQuest Psychology Journals, and Wilson Education Abstracts.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wondering how to jazz up your printing in the library, and save trees? Read on!
3. You instructor may occasionally place PowerPoint slides in Blackboard. These can be tricky to print, and even trickier to explain in a blog. Thus, if you have problems printing a PowerPoint presentation out of Blackboard, please ask the librarian at the reference desk for assistance. You can print multiple slides per page, as well, so be sure to request that printing feature as well.