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Welcome! This guide will provide you with an overview of the library resources and services that are available to you. Everything you will need to know to get started is on the page, so you can bookmark or print it for future reference as needed.
The #1 library fact that we hope you will always remember is that the library is here to help you. Any time you have a question, please ask us! There are many ways to contact the library:
On the right-hand side of the library's home page, you can find the research menu that you will use throughout your program. An image of this menu is shown below. Each of the tools is then explained beneath the image. [Please note that this is an image of the menu--the links are not active in this image.]
The SBU Integrated Search Tool is a great resource when you want to get a quick overview of the literature for a given topic. It searches multiple library databases* in one search, including the library's online catalog. It will return a listing of 250 or fewer highly-relevant resources from multiple sources. The tool has been called a "Google for the Library" by some undergraduate users.
It is important to realize what the tool does not do as well. It limits the number of search results displayed so that you can quickly look through the most relevant articles, as selected by a search algorithm based on the keywords used. For most searches, the tool returns approximately 20 percent of the articles that could be found in any one of the databases it searches. For example, if there were 100 articles in the Business Source Complete database on your topic, the Integrated Search Tool would display the top 20 most relevant articles.
Therefore, as a graduate student who usually will need more in-depth searching, you will also want to utilize the databases in your field, in addition to the Integrated Search Tool.
*Databases that are not included in the Integrated Search Tool, due to their format or searching mechanisms, are: Encyclopedia Britannica, Books 24x7, Country Watch, CQ Researcher, ARTStor, CCH, Morningstar Library Edition, and Mergent Online.
As an undergraduate, you no doubt utilized the databases at your library. You will find that our library has databases that you might already be familiar with, as well as some that will be new to you. All databases work in generally the same manner--there is a search box where you type in the keywords for the information you need. If you are having difficulty generating keywords, a librarian can assist you.
Databases also have advanced search screens, and many have a subject index or thesaurus that can be useful in locating materials by subject. Even if you have never used a particular database before, you have the skills from using other databases to give it a try.
To use any of the library's databases, click on the link entitled "Articles and Databases."
Databases that students in business and integrated marketing communications fields find most useful include the following:
The majority of the library's databases can be used from anywhere you are. The few databases that do not allow for remote use are clearly indicated on the Articles & Databases page.
Remote access is accomplished through a proxy server. You will be prompted to log in once you choose a database. Your login is your SBU username without the @bonaventure.edu part. Your password is your last name.
Sometimes you have a specific article citation and you need to know if you can obtain the full-text through the library. The Find Electronic & Print Journal Titles tool allows you to type in the name of a journal, and it will let you know if the library has access to that title online or in print (print holdings are included for more current subscriptions).
The Book Catalog will help you find materials that the library physically owns. It lists all types of materials--books, audio-visual materials, kits, etc. If you find something that you need in the catalog that is physically in the library, but you do not live near the library, we can mail the item to you. We can also scan an individual chapter and e-mail it to you.
WorldCat is another catalog tool to help you find books and other research materials, including selected articles. WorldCat will show content that our library owns first, and then shows materials that are owned by other libraries. You can use WorldCat to help you find out what has been published on a topic, and just about anything you find in WorldCat can be borrowed by the library for your use, at no cost to you, through our Inter-library Loan service.
You will be using the APA citation style in your writing during your degree program. Whatever citation style you used in the past will have given you a good foundation in the elements of citations. The library has a short guide on the APA style, and also recommends the online guide produced by the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.
The library provides access to Noodletools, an easy-to-use and accurate citation manager. Noodletools does not create your references automatically--you still need to have the bibliographic information to enter into the forms it provides. What it does do is help you to create accurate citations, by guiding you every step of the way, as you fill out a form based on the type of resource you are citing. Noodletools will also help you to create an annotated bibliography, and determine what to use for an in-text, or parenthetical, citation in your writing.
Please consult the following videos for assistance with using Noodletools:
Inter-library loan is a service that helps you obtain materials that are unavailable in our library. The library will obtain the material that you need, at no cost to you, and will electronically deliver them to you, or in the case of physical items, will ship them to you. The library is currently working on new procedures to best serve remote users, so additional information on this topic will be added to this page soon.
Please allow at least two weeks for materials to be received, since another library needs to retrieve and send or scan an item.
You can find out the current hours for the library by checking the info on the left-hand side of the home page. You might want to know when the library is open if you want to call and speak with a reference librarian in person, for example.
You can find a listing of library staff members and their contact information by using the Library Staff Directory link.
Every semester, the library conducts selected workshops that cover how to most effectively use library databases and the citation management tool. The citation workshop also includes word processing hints.
We will be glad to schedule an online workshop at any time for interested online graduate students, upon request. Any online workshops will be recorded and posted for later viewing. To request an online workshop, please contact Ann Tenglund at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be scheduling workshops especially for online graduate students. The library currently uses Go To Meeting software for online workshops, which works on PCs, Macs, and mobile devices. Workshops are limited to 25 attendees, but if more than 25 people wish to attend, another workshop will be scheduled right away.
Library workshops can also be presented to a class, during a synchronous, scheduled meeting time for the class, or at a convenient time for class members. If you would like to arrange a library presentation for your class, please ask your professor to contact Ann Tenglund in the library (email@example.com), who coordinates the library's instruction and workshop programs.
You will be using a variety of resources for your projects and papers, including material accessed via the open Internet. As you know, you need to be careful when utilizing materials found online. It would be very embarrassing to be making a presentation to your colleagues in class or at work and find that you had relied on an Internet hoax site to prepare your presentation.
You have heard this warning many times in the past, but it is not always easy to remember what to check for. An easy-to-remember acronym is found within the CRAAP test, which can help you determine if the information you want to use is worthy.
Adapted from Evaluating Information--Applying the CRAAP Test from the Meriam Library, California State University at Chico
If you have a suggestion for us, please let us know. We want to hear from you if you have an idea that would make your work more efficient. Please send any comments or suggestions to Ann Tenglund at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to working with you! Please be in touch whenever we can be of assistance. Best of luck with your degree program!
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