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  1. 1. Introduction to Library Resources Bill Easton-Reference/Instruction Librarian Personal Development 50-Bill Jones September 21, 2006
  2. 2. Library Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Saturday Closed Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  3. 3. Library Cards <ul><li>Need a library card to log into computers at the library </li></ul><ul><li>To check out books and materials from the library </li></ul><ul><li>To access databases from any computer off campus </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The Library is on the Main (or Second) and Third Floors. </li></ul><ul><li>First Floor includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English & Study Skills Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English as a Second Language (ESL) Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Support </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Circulation Desk <ul><li>Where you can apply for a library card </li></ul><ul><li>Where you can check out books and materials </li></ul><ul><li>Where reserve items for classes are kept </li></ul><ul><li>Where you can check out study rooms located in the library </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reserve Materials: Important Information
  7. 7. Reference Desk <ul><li>As you enter the library you will see the Information Commons where you will find the Reference/Information Desk </li></ul><ul><li>A Reference Librarian is available at the desk to assist you with any reference or research questions you may have </li></ul>Please ask for reference help whenever you need it!!
  8. 8. Reference Section <ul><li>Reference books are located on the main floor </li></ul><ul><li>They provide factual information, background and summary information </li></ul><ul><li>Reference books include general works of reference such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and citation guides </li></ul><ul><li>Also include subject specific reference works such as The Encyclopedia of Religion , Encyclopedia of Psychology , and Contemporary Literary Criticism . </li></ul><ul><li>These books are for library use only and cannot be checked out </li></ul>
  9. 9. Multimedia There are 4 DVD/VHS machines in this area for viewing videos and DVDs (You will need headphones which you can check out at the circulation desk) The library has compact discs (CDs), videos, DVDs and audio cassettes.
  10. 10. Periodicals <ul><li>Magazines, Journals and Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Located on the main floor </li></ul><ul><li>Great source for more up-to-date information </li></ul><ul><li>Periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title with the latest issue on display </li></ul><ul><li>Periodicals cannot be checked out…but we have thousands of titles available in full-text in our library databases…more on that later </li></ul>
  11. 11. Study Rooms (Listening and Viewing Rooms) <ul><li>Table and Chairs </li></ul><ul><li>Whiteboard (Markers are available at the circulation desk) </li></ul><ul><li>VCR/DVD equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Remote control for equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Computer/Internet </li></ul>
  12. 12. Computers-Information Commons <ul><li>There are over 100 computers on the main (2 nd ) and 3 rd Floors </li></ul><ul><li>You must have a library card to access these computers </li></ul>
  13. 13. Copy Centers <ul><li>There are Copy Machines on every floor in the LTC. </li></ul><ul><li>A large Copy Center is located on the Main Floor next to the elevator. </li></ul><ul><li>There are two black and white copiers and one color copier in his room. </li></ul><ul><li>This is where you buy your copy/print cards. </li></ul>
  14. 14. How To Copy/Print To make photocopies, you can deposit coins or insert a rechargeable card into the card reader at each copy machine. Rechargeable Copy Cards are available in the Copy Center on the Main Floor. Use these cards for printing or making copies anywhere in the LTC. Color copies are available on the main floor only.
  15. 15. <ul><li>Printing from the computers is available for 10 cents per page. </li></ul><ul><li>Print jobs from the computer labs go to printers near the Reference/Information desks. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to find the number on the computer you are using when you want to print. This number will appear on the screen at the print station. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Library and Technology Center Food and Drink Policy Water- in spill proof containers only. Sport tops and screw tops allowed. Water is the only drink allowed in the library Food- prohibited on all floors except inside the “Food For Thought Lounge”
  17. 17. Library Resources <ul><li>Books-Library Catalog </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul>
  18. 18. Books <ul><li>MPC Library Catalog (OPAC...Online Public Access Catalog) </li></ul><ul><li>Interlibrary Loan (ILL) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Boolean Operators (Combination Searching) <ul><li>Use Quotation Marks to keep multi-worded terms or phrases together. </li></ul><ul><li>For Example: “skin cancer”, “Monterey Peninsula College” </li></ul>
  20. 20. Use the word AND to link different search terms and to narrow your topic For Example: “skin cancer” AND treatment, surfing AND “shark attack” AND California Boolean Operators (Combination Searching)
  21. 21. Library Databases EBSCOHost Biography Resource Center Newsbank
  22. 22. Accessing Library Databases from Off-Campus
  23. 23. Internet Resources Be Very Critical of All Websites You Come Across
  24. 24. Evaluating Web Pages <ul><li>ACCURACY </li></ul><ul><li>anyone can publish on the Web </li></ul><ul><li>many Web resources are not verified by editors and/or fact checkers </li></ul><ul><li>Web standards to ensure accuracy have yet to be developed </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>2. AUTHORITY </li></ul><ul><li>often difficult to determine authorship of Web resources </li></ul><ul><li>if author's name is listed, his/her qualifications are frequently absent </li></ul>Evaluating Web Pages
  26. 26. <ul><li>3. OBJECTIVITY </li></ul><ul><li>goals/aims of persons or groups presenting material often not clearly stated </li></ul><ul><li>are they trying to sell you something, persuade you, educate or inform you? </li></ul><ul><li>Web often functions as a 'virtual soap box' </li></ul>Evaluating Web Pages
  27. 27. Evaluating Web Pages <ul><li>4. CURRENCY </li></ul><ul><li>dates are not always included on Web pages </li></ul><ul><li>if included, a date may have various meanings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the date the information was first written </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the date the information was placed on the Web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the date the Web site was last revised </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>5. OTHER FACTORS </li></ul><ul><li>is the Web page well designed, does it make good use of graphics </li></ul><ul><li>does the page load efficiently </li></ul><ul><li>are all the links active </li></ul>Evaluating Web Pages Domain names may tell you something: .com, .edu, .gov, .org, .mil
  29. 29. Questionable Websites Northwest Tree Octopus Dihydrogen Monoxide California Velcro Crop RYT Hospital Lacuna Inc. Martin Luther King The King Center Be Critical Of All Websites You Come Across!!
  30. 30. Accessing Library Databases from Off-Campus
  31. 31. If you have any questions ask a librarian!!