Here is the new book list for October.
As we are at the half way point of the semester, we’re sure many of you are gearing up for those end of the semester assignments. As with any research assignment, you’ll need to pay attention and stay organized so as to properly cite your sources. While citations are not everyone’s idea of fun, they are an important and necessary task. Here are some tips to make the process a bit easier.
®Know what citation style you should be using.
The two more popular styles are APA (American Psychological Association) and MLA (Modern Language Association). However, there are many others, so be sure that you are using the right one. Be sure to check if you should be using a particular edition of a style, as updates have occurred over the years. (More than likely you will need to use the more current edition, but be sure to ask if you are unsure).
Being consistent is very important. Use the same citation style throughout your paper; for example do not mix and match MLA and APA. If you are required to write an author’s name as “Last Name, First Name” do that each time; do not put in a citation with “First Name, Last Name.”
®There are online guides to help you.
The library webpage has links to several guides.
®Don’t be afraid to use citation tools.
Both ProQuest and EBSCO have citation tools. These will give you the citation(s) for either your reference list (APA) or works cited (MLA); other citation styles are also available. If your source did not come from either of these databases, don’t fret. There are also websites where you can input information such as author, title, copyright date, etc., and will format the citation for you. There are links on our webpage – look under citation tools.
In all these cases you can then copy and paste the citation into a Word document.
®Even podcasts need to be cited.
While books and journal articles may seem obvious, don’t forget about any electronic media you may be using, including YouTube videos, podcasts, and blogs. Lansing Community College has an online guide for MLA and APA on how to cite these sources properly. Be sure to choose the “citing sources” link under your preferred style, as the PDF online guide is not as clear in my opinion. [As a reminder, choose your web sources carefully. Just because it is on the web does not mean the information is reliable and/or accurate. Trust us, we could go on and on about this.]
®Remember those in-text citations.
EBSCO’s citation feature formatted the information for your Works Cited page. It looks great and it saved you time and frustration. But you did remember to properly cite the quotes from those articles in your paper, right? Are you asking yourself, “How do you do those?” Lansing Community College’s library has APA and MLA guides geared towards in-text citations. Also be sure to check out OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University.
®Double check your citations.
Citation tools are great and can make your life easier. But be sure to double check that everything is correct. Did you copy and paste the entire citation into the Word document? Is all the necessary information included? Are the citations formatted and arranged correctly on your reference list/works cited page(s)? Did you include all your sources?
®If you get confused, or have questions, ask for help.
Feel free to contact either your instructor or any of the library staff if you have questions. We are here to help you. Stop on by, email us, or give us a call. Contact information is on the right hand side of our webpage.
Congratulations to Tomas Tranströmer, a Swedish poet, for winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. The library does not currently own any of his work, but we would be happy to request titles through ILL.
You can look at a list of items we own by other Nobel Laureates here.
This week, the Nobel Prize Announcements are taking place. So far, we know the winners of the Physiology or Medicine and Physics. While we won’t know until Thursday morning who has won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the speculation has really run into overdrive. While the UK bookies say that Bob Dylan is a contender, the Wall Street Journal has a nice blog post on who else is rumored to be in the running.
Check out our list of items we own by Nobel Prize winning authors.
Have you searched our catalog to find that we do not own an item you are looking for? Maybe another CCSNH library has the item? Is the article you’d like to read not in ProQuest or EBSCO?
Then you’ll want to place an inter library loan request (ILL). We are happy to obtain items for you from other libraries. Please note the following tips that will help us fulfill your request:
-You can stop by the library circulation desk or email a request to Megan Coleman (mcoleman [at] ccsnh [dot] edu]. You can also fill out the form here. Whatever you find easier.
-If there is a better way to contact you should we have questions and/or to let you know the item has arrived, please let us know.
-A request can take anywhere from 1-4 weeks to arrive. ILL is not designed for last minute research.
– The more information you can give us about the item(s) the better. If you need a specific edition, translations, or format, please tell us.
-A/V items and textbooks can be harder to obtain as some libraries will not lend them.
-We will not ILL textbooks for you to use for an entire semester.
-Renewals are not always possible with ILL items. Please plan accordingly. If you do not need an item until November, please do not request it in August. We will place requests when we receive them.
-You are responsible for taking care of the item(s) and returning them on time.
You can read more on our ILL policy here.
Want to see what DVDs and books we added this month? Then take a look at the new book list for September.
Several of these items were donated to us. If you have an item that needs a good home, please consider donating it to us. Just ask to speak to someone at the circulation desk.
RVCC Adjunct Professor Robert Baum will be doing a multimedia presentation and reading from his recent work, Itself, on October 24th at 12:15pm in the library open area.
The library owns a copy of the book (call number B 74 B32 2010). It can be found in our River Valley Authors section.