Have you seen the library? It is one of the nicest spots on campus to sit, study, conduct research, relax, and unwind. Food & Drink allowed Wireless (work on your laptop and drink coffee in a comfortable setting) Find the information you need Get assistance from friendly & helpful librarians
Gail Roy, Assistant Dean of Learning Resources [email_address] 768-2734 Kim Ferguson, Librarian [email_address] 768-2735 Library Web page http://www.nmcc.edu/pages/library.php Circulation Desk 768-2718
If you don’t find a book in NMCC Minerva you can search all Minerva libraries and request the book via ILL using your NMCC student ID #
ILL books get delivered to NMCC library and we notify you when they arrive
Search Databases See links on the library page for MARVEL databases Academic Search Premier is a good place to begin Many articles will be available full-text in databases The library also subscribes to print journals Remember to also use Inter-library loan to request journal articles
What is a Peer Reviewed Journal Article? The article is submitted to a journal and the editorial staff sends the article to an expert in the field. The expert reads the article and returns it with comments and makes a recommendation on whether or not to publish the article. Why is it important to use these in your research? Peer reviewed articles undergo review and scrutiny before being published. This lends credibility to the research.
Academic Search Premier Provides full text for nearly 4,000 scholarly publications of which 3,100 are peer reviewed. Academic areas of study include: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.
Locating Newspaper Articles
New York Times, Wall Street Journal and more.
Provides the full text of more than 500 U.S. and international news sources. Includes The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and the Times of London, plus hundreds of other news sources and news wires. Years of coverage vary by title. Maine papers included: Bangor Daily News (1992+), Portland Press Herald (1995+), and selected business coverage from Maine Times (1994-2002) and Central Maine Morning Sentinel (1993-1997).
Index to and full text coverage of five Maine newspapers. Database includes coverage of the Bangor Daily News (12/3/92-present), the Kennebec Journal (Augusta) (6/11/93-present), the Portland Press Herald (10/30/95-present), and the Central Maine Morning Sentinel (Waterville) (8/12/93-present). Selected business coverage of the Maine Times (2/4/94-4/25/02) is also included. Updated daily.
What Is Information Literacy? American Library Association’s definition: “ Information literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information.” Source: http://www.ala.org National Forum on Information Literacy definition: “ Information literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand.” Source: http://www.infolit.org
More on Information Literacy
Why is it important to you?
It is something you will use throughout your lifetime in a variety of settings. It is part of lifelong learning.
Once you develop the critical skills necessary to locate, evaluate and use the information in the world you will not be overwhelmed by the abundance of information out there.
How do you become an information literate person?
Primary & Secondary Sources
What is a primary source?
An original document. First hand information. Eyewitness account. Describes an event by witnesses.
Journals, diaries, letters, photos, speeches.
What is a secondary source?
A secondary source interprets primary sources.
Evaluating Web sites
Google Tips & Tricks
Sponsorship – Who created this site and why.? Look for an about us link on the page. Is the creator a reputable and reliable source for information? Who is the author? Can you contact the author or agency? Currency – Look for last updated dates on the web page. Websites that have not been updated in a long time may not contain reliable current information. Accuracy – Can the information be verified? Are there lists of other sources and references? Links to other sites?
The problem with Wikipedia – Anyone can post anything there. We can all edit Wikipedia articles.
Sometimes there is great information there
Banned from schools
But you can use some of the information to locate more reliable sources
Looking for clues in the web address/URL .com = Commercial site .gov = Government agencies .edu = Educational institutions .org = Non-profit Organizations .net = Networks
APA Style = American Psychological Association Publication Manual of the American Psychologicl Association (Fifth Edition) Used for science and social science (psychology, nursing, sociology, education, economics) First set of instructions issued in 1929. MLA Modern Language Association (1951) Used for humanities (English, History, Art, Philosophy) Chicago Manual of Style (15 th edition) First est in the 1890s for University of Chicago Press. First published as a book in 1906. Turabian’s Manual for Writers is a condensed ver of Chicago
They offer instructions on how to format your paper
Spacing, margins, location of page numbers, fonts
How to organize your paper and how to cite and document your sources
Provides for a consistent look and feel to papers in a particular discipline
From NoodleTools Website
“ The Web's most comprehensive and accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian bibliography composer with fully-integrated note-taking.”
Go to the library web page and click on the Noodle Bib Link
Must create a username and password
Refer to MLA Style manual in the library
Use NoodleBib online
Go online and look at the following source: OWL at Purdue
What is plagiarism? Stealing someone’s work and not citing or attributing the source.
Why you shouldn’t plagiarize - unethical and illegal
How easy is it to detect plagiarism? Very.
Penalties: Reprimand, dismissal from school, being sued
Can you just photocopy an entire book or copy a journal article and make 30 copies and hand it out to everyone in your class? The answer is no and you can be fined or prosecuted for doing so. You must obtain permission from the owner of the work. It is not always the author and could be the publisher of the journal or book. This also applies to information and photos you find online.
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We are here to help with your information needs and to ensure that you get exactly what you need for your research.
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Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library Public library in Presque Isle located at 39 Second Street (same street as the Post Office) http://www.presqueisle.lib.me.us/ University of Maine at Presque Isle Library http://www.umpi.edu/library Both libraries will issue you cards and you can borrow books and use their computers and their wirelss networks. Both libraries have Sunday hours. Both libraries have online catalogs you can search.