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Tips & Tricks for Efficient Use
Getting Started
with the TAMU Libraries
One Login – Multiple Library Services
• Services with your netID and password include:
– Borrowing books, movies, laptop c...
Activate your accounts # 1 Claim Your netID
• Go to http://gateway.tamu.edu
• Need to borrow library items or use library ...
Activate Your Accounts #2 Open Access Lab
• Go to http://oal.tamu.edu/
• Need to use library OAL computers before you have...
Activate Your Accounts #3 Get It for Me service
• Get It for Me log in / fill out first-time user form at
http://getitform...
Mobile Computing and Library Resources
• See http://tamulink.tamu.edu for setting up wireless
access for your laptop in th...
Overview of Information-Gathering Process
• Choose an information resource to search according to
topic and type of info n...
Where are textbooks and reference works?
• See our Textbooks and Course Reserves guide
http://guides.library.tamu.edu/Text...
Some Tips
• To take full advantage of full-text linking options and Get It for
Me automatic fill-in of request forms, acce...
Help Resources
• Ask the Libraries – Chat and text 10 am -10 pm most
days; email questions, report problems, request class...
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TAMU Library Orientation Fall 2013

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Getting started with the Texas A&M University Libraries. Set up accounts, tips for efficient use of library resources.

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TAMU Library Orientation Fall 2013

  1. 1. Tips & Tricks for Efficient Use Getting Started with the TAMU Libraries
  2. 2. 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) and Endnote (software.tamu.edu)
  3. 3. Activate your accounts # 1 Claim Your netID • Go to http://gateway.tamu.edu • 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.
  4. 4. Activate Your Accounts #2 Open Access Lab • Go to http://oal.tamu.edu/ • Need to use library OAL computers before you have your accounts set up? – With an official photo ID (driver’s license or passport) and local mailing address you can get a temporary login at the library AskUs desk (service desk near entrance)
  5. 5. Activate Your Accounts #3 Get It for Me service • Get It for Me log in / fill out first-time user form at http://getitforme.library.tamu.edu/ • Electronic & physical document delivery, interlibrary loan services • Details – FAQs & online tutorial on sign-in screen
  6. 6. 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://library.tamu.edu/mobile/ – Access research guides, catalog, help services (chat, text, etc.) – Reserve group study rooms online – Mobile resources – databases and apps, e.g., WorldCat mobile, Web of Science, eBrary – Library hours, directions, contact info
  7. 7. 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)
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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, palford@tamu.edu, 979-862-1049 • I am available for drop-in consults 6 – 10 pm Sun – Th nights near AskUs desk, or afternoons by appointment.

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