Getting Startedwith the TAMU Libraries Tips & Tricks for Efficient Use
One Login – Multiple Library Services • Services with your netID and password include: – Borrowing books, movies, laptop computers, calculators, projectors, Kindle Fires, and other physical items – Access to full-text electronic resources on-or-off-campus – Get It for Me – free scanning and electronic document delivery for print items 50 pages or fewer in length; free interlibrary loan services for books, conference proceedings, etc. – Use of Open Access Lab computers and printing – Reserve group study rooms online; check out individual study rooms at the desk – Citation and information manager programs RefWorks (create your own personal login); TAMU also has Endnote
Activate your accounts • Go to http://gateway.tamu.edu to: – Activate your netID – Activate your OAL (Open Access Lab) account • Get It for Me log in / fill out first-time user form at http://getitforme.library.tamu.edu/ • Once you have your TAMU ID card, take it to the library front desk to get your library account info synchronized with your ID card so can use self-checkout machines • Need to borrow library items or use library computers before you have your accounts set up? – With UIN and official photo ID can get temporary account and log in at the front desk.
Mobile Computing and Library Resources • See http://tamulink.tamu.edu for setting up wireless access for your laptop in the library and elsewhere on campus • Information, apps for mobile computing at TAMU are available http://www.tamu.edu/mobile/ • The library’s mobile site is http://m.library.tamu.edu/#homepage
Overview of Information-Gathering Process • Choose an information resource to search according to topic and type of info needed (see http://guides.library.tamu.edu for recommendations) • Capture the citation information for items of interest – e.g., export marked results to citation manager such as Endnote or RefWorks • Use Find Text @ TAMU to link to full-text retrieval options • Use the Get It for Me service to get items that are not online; optionally, check local catalogs for availability and retrieve items yourself (faster in some cases)
Where are textbooks and reference works? • See our Textbooks and Course Reserves guide http://guides.library.tamu.edu/Textbooks • The E-Books guide may also be helpful http://guides.library.tamu.edu/e-books • Finding Books page http://library.tamu.edu/help/help- yourself/finding-books.html • Most individual subject guides have sections with recommended reference works in that discipline • The Safari Technical Books online database has current reference works for computing applications, operating systems, programming, etc.
Some Tips • To take full advantage of full-text linking options and Get It for Me automatic fill-in of request forms, access resources through the library’s web pages (including Google Scholar link on library’s home page, which will activate full-text linking to TAMU-owned or licensed resources) • Even if your goal is the most recent scholarly articles, your search in an article-indexing database may be more efficient if you look first at background information on your topic in an encyclopedia or handbook • Another strategy is to look for recent review articles or highly- cited articles – most article databases have options to restrict results by publication type, and Web of Science lets you sort results by most highly cited
Help Resources • Ask the Libraries – Chat and text 10 am -10 pm most days; email questions, report problems, request class instruction or individual appointments with subject librarians, also links to tutorials, FAQs, http://guides.library.tamu.edu/AskTheLibraries • Librarians available for drop-in consults near the front desk, 10 am -10 pm M-Th, 10 am – 6 pm Fr, 2 – 6 pm Sat, 2 – 10 pm Sun • Ask me, Pat Alford, firstname.lastname@example.org, 979-862-1049 • I am available for drop-in consults 6 – 10 pm Sun – Th nights, or afternoons by appointment.