Friday, September 21, 2012

ERIC Documents – Where Did They Go?

Back in the Dark Ages, education researchers had to use microfiche (slips of paper that held several pages of documents in smaller form) to access a vast collection of education documents through ERIC (Education Resources Information Center).  To see the documents, you had to slide the slip of paper into a machine for it to be enlarged enough to read. Then came a major digitization project and we all forgot about the cabinets full of microfiche that students once used.  However, in August, the Department of Education disabled access to most of these digital documents because of privacy concerns.  (Some of the older documents contained SSNs.)  The fulltext documents will be available online again at some point in the future but in the meantime, Lewis Library will be digging out microfiche again for students. 

**This post was authored by Charlene Baxter.

Friday, September 14, 2012

McNaughton Collection

Looking for something fun and interesting to read?  Check out the McNaughton Collection in the Lewis Library and Cozy Up to books like:

From David Baldacci--the modern master of the thriller and #1 worldwide bestselling novelist--comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation.

Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont uncovers a dark and deadly conspiracy that reaches deep into the halls of state government, in this latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance.

From beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels comes an enchanging new addition to her Godmothers series--a story of enduring friendship, adventure, and the surprises that can change everything.
Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity.

It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary public service career of the four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. At its heart are Powell's "Thirteen Rules"--notes he gathered over the years and that now form the basis of his leadership presentations given throughout the world.

The McNaughton Collection is located on the Main Floor and we have many genres that you can choose from such as Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Cookbooks, and Holiday Novels.  So come by the library and check it out!

**Authored by Carolyn Graham

Monday, September 10, 2012

Need a room in the Library?

There are two different ways to go about reserving rooms in the library and it all depends on what you’re looking for:
3-5 People: This is usually student study groups. Reserve a study room (rooms 306 and 307-no computers/rooms 305, 311A, 311B-computers). To do this, go to the circulation desk and ask to reserve a room. Please do this at least 24 hours in advance!
6-40 People: This is usually for classes and student organizations. Reserve either the conference room (no computer), seminar room (no computer), media lounge (no computer), multimedia classroom, or the auditorium. Go to the library webpage. Click on “Book a Room” and fill out the form. Make sure to be specific with your technology needs so that librarians can set up the appropriate training and technology. Once you’ve filled out the form, you should get a confirmation email from a librarian that the room has been reserved.

Multimedia Classroom


Hines Conference Room

Media Lounge

Seminar Room

Please remember to make your reservations in advance and cancel your reservation if you decide not to use the room. Also, let us know if you want to use any library technology so that we can have it ready for you.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Journal Locator

Do you have an article citation and want to find full text?  Maybe there’s a long journal article on reserve and you want to see if you can download it from a database?  Or maybe you’re just looking to see if we have online access to a favorite magazine?

You don’t have to check all 335 of Lewis Library’s databases.  One will do it: Journal Locator 

Journal Locator will tell you whether we have full text in any of our databases for a periodical (journal, magazine, or newspaper), and for what dates.  Just type the title into the search box:
This shows we have full text for the LaGrange Daily News since 2006 in the “Access World News” database.

Sometimes we have coverage for different dates in different databases, for example:
JSTOR has PDF full text from 1966 to 2006; two other databases have full text for the last few years, up until 6 months ago.  (If you want an article from five months ago, you can order it on Interlibrary Loan… or wait a for the database to aquire it.)

You can also use Journal Locator for magazines of personal interest (Rolling Stone, Sporting News, etc.).  Try it out!

For details on how to access Journal Locator, see this Libguide.

Please see the reference librarian if you want more information.

**This post was authored by Arthur Robinson