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Usf libraries web site basics 042012

  1. 1. USF Libraries Web Site: The Basics APRIL 2012
  2. 2. Outline of Major Elements Following this brief discussion of the USF Libraries Web Site, you will be familiar with the following important pieces:  Getting connected from a remote location  "Start Your Search Here"  Find It!  The Catalog  Google Scholar  Research Tools  Guides  Quick Links  Subject Specialist Directory  Getting Help/Referrals
  3. 3. Getting Connected Remotely Anyone using the site off-campus must:  (1) Either login via VPN (a story for another day), OR  (2) Use BlackBoard to authenticate access, OR  (3) Login directly to the library site using the NetID login on the top left of the page  This is the most reliable and recommended method!  Advise students that Firefox, IE, and Safari are the most compatible browsers (there are some known issues with Chrome and Opera)  That should do it! If they continue to have trouble, consider referring the patron to a librarian, or to Information Tech (IT)
  4. 4. “Start Your Search Here” Guess what this is for? This main search box provides a number of options. Make sure you are familiar with:  Find It!  This is our new default search. It combines the online catalog with many of our most popular article databases  The Catalog  This is the traditional database of books and other materials owned by the USF Libraries  Google Scholar  If used properly (either on campus, or while logged in remotely), will connect users to materials available via USF subscriptions
  5. 5. Research Tools The “Research Tools” menu expands to display links to most major research catalogs, databases, and other resources This includes the full A-Z and subject-specific database lists There are other useful links in this menu, such as:  RefWorks, EndNote, and other citation help  Research Rescue and Ask-A-Librarian
  6. 6. Guides (aka LibGuides) Subject Guides  Designed by the subject specialists to offer resources and databases for most academic areas and departments  Most popular ones on the drop-menu, but there’s a full A-Z list available, too. The drop menu does not work on all browsers Course Guides  Same as above, but with lists of resources for specific courses How-to-Guides and Tutorials  Other useful guides and videos for using library resources
  7. 7. Quick Links This portion of the web site includes links to the following major resources:  Top Databases: Some of our most popular online resources, most of which include articles and other scholarly materials  Research Tools: Other access points for the online catalog, database lists by title and subject, and other important tools  Services & Help: Links to specific lists of services by client-type (students, faculty, visitors) and other help resources Most of these links are also available in other parts of the site, but this is the list of “greatest hits”
  8. 8. Subject Specialists/Referrals There are two may ways to find subject specialists: 1. The “Guides” menu on the gray toolbar can take you to the subject portals, each of which will include the appropriate librarian contact information 2. You may click the “Find My Librarian” under the “Help” category of the Quick Links, or under the “About” menu on the gray toolbar You can also find out more about subject specialists and referrals by looking at these links to other parts of the training module
  9. 9. Questions? Please let us know if you have any questions! If this is not a live training demonstration, feel free to contact your supervisor, or one of the librarians, for more help or information You may also use the email portion of “Ask-A- Librarian” to submit questions, as these inquiries will only go to librarians at the USF Tampa Library