Introduction to the Library Hello! I would like to share with you a quick overview of the library and the many resources available to you. As you progress through your program of study here at TC, there will be occasions when your instructor will assign a research project or ask you to locate specific information. You may also be interested in finding books, media or information of personal interest.
What is a library anyway? A quiet place to study away from the distractions of family, friends, job & the many other things that are part of everyday life. Located in the McSwain building on the Tri-County campus, the library is a welcoming area to read, study and find information. Study rooms are available for group projects or individual work. The library is also a place to find print books & media which you can borrow for both school projects and leisure time.
Your student ID card is used to check out materials and to access Library databases. Just bring your student ID to the front desk to activate your account. Your Library Card # is your password to many of the online resources
To find out what the library owns, check the online catalog, a listing of ALL items owned by the Library. Links to the catalog are found on the library webpage. A useful feature is the ability to search and ‘Place a Hold’ on an item online. If an item is not available at TC it can be borrowed from other libraries. For more detailed information on how to do this, contact the library staff or use the My Library Account handout in your packet.
The Library of Congress classification system is used in college and academic libraries to make it easier to group specific information.
You are welcome to visit the library! Our hours are Mon-Thurs 8am-9pm and Friday - 8am-Noon. The Library is closed on weekends and holidays.
What is a library anyway? The TC library is also a Virtual online library developed to bring electronic and Internet resources to your fingertips. – the focus of today’s session A library is also a Virtual online library – the focus of today’s session
Most of the library databases consist of electronic resources known as Electronic Periodicals, Electronic Magazines , Electronic Books or E-books which are digital versions of print publications. As an example, the library has a large volume set of the print Encyclopedia Britannica as well as a subscription to the electronic or digital version which you can access on the computer. Over 25,000 electronic books and 10,000 electronic magazines are available to you via the Library web site. ALL of this information can be retrieved and read on YOUR computer 24/7. Remember, the information contained in the electronic format is the same as the print publication. While you may not want to read an entire book on your computer, electronic books are very useful for research because it is so easy to search with keywords to find specific information.
What are electonic databases? By definition a database is an organized collection on information stored in a digital format. As you know, ANYONE can post information to the Internet but that person is not necessarily an expert in the topic he is posting. When you are resarching an assignment, it is important to make sure that the information you are retrieving and citing is factual and reliable. That is where the library databases come in to help you. The information in databases, which can be magazine and book text or material specifically developed for the database, is credible, reliable information which has been reviewed by editors and experts. The beauty of using electronic databases to locate information is that it is keyword searchable which allows you to quicly locate exactly the info you need using powerful search engines. Much like you locate information on the Internet using Google, Yahoo or your favorite search engine. While electronic databases are mined in the same way as the Internet AND you use an Internet browser to access them, they are different from Internet sources again. If your instructor has stated that you need a book or magazine source as well as an internet source, electronic books or information retrieved from the library web page will satisfy your instructors criteria. It does not have to be an actual print copy. You may have a newspaper or magazine delivered to your house by the US Mail and the library receives information this way too. Our electronic books and magazines are the same except that they are delivered via the Internet. If you aren’t sure whether information you have retrieved will satisfy your instructor, just ask him or check with the library staff. The library pays subscription fees to make electronic databases available to you and for that reason a password required for off-campus access. Be sure to contact the library by phone or e-mail for your password. Be ready to supply your student ID#
It can sometimes be difficult to find the electronic information you’re interested in within databases, because databases can’t think, they just process the information that you feed them. Don’t forget that you are dealing with a computer, not a human being! When searching digital information, the computer does not know exactly what you want to know about the words you type in.
In order to find information within the Library’s electronic resources, you need search skills. Actually all library information, even the books on the shelf, is accessed electronically. Of course you can walk up to a shelf and find a book or DVD you are looking for, but to efficiently find information on a topic or by a particular author you will want to use the library catalog which is a listing of all items owned by the library is an Internet-based online tool which also requires skill to use.
Now here is another example. If you were doing a research paper about Eric Rudolph, what keywords would you use as your search terms? Probably any combination of Eric Rudolph and Atlanta bomber or bomb would retrieve information you could use. If you added the keyword Murphy or even North Carolina you would find even more specific information. Would you type in just Rudolph? No? What would happen? If you only typed in the keyword rudolph, you would retrieve search results that included our 4-legged friend Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer . Do you want information about that? No! So you go back to your search box to add search terms to limit your results to only include Eric Rudolph. Remember it is not necessary to enter punctuation or common words like a, an, the to a keyword search.
Many of you will want to use the resources of the library at times when it is closed or maybe you are an online students who needs research materials while you are at home. Or maybe, you have a project which is due soon and you do not have time to visit the library. For you, in addition to the physical hours the library is open, the Library website or Virtual Library is your 24/7 access to library resources. You will find electronic magazine, newspaper, and journal articles, electronic books, audio books, videos and more to supplement your information needs, ALL organized to provide YOU with a simple & efficient way to login to ALL of the resources available to you.
Assignment CIRCLE keywords WRITE synonyms, plural etc. Now we are going to search Library CATALOG CREDO NCLIVE
Aca 111 revised sept 2012
Session OutlinePretestHandouts • My Account • PowerPoint Slides • Database Login & List • Library Information•Introduction to Library Presentation•Introduction to Webpage • Demonstrate- Catalog • Demonstrate-NCLIVE•You search catalog & NCLIVE•You locate items on shelf•Post Test w/Instructor
A. a quiet place to study - McSwain building Study RoomsB. a place to BORROW: 18,000 print books & magazines 5,000 videos, DVDs & CDsC. A place to find help - information professionals
Password Library Account You will need your student IDActivate your Student Id card to borrow Library materials
Internet Library CatalogUse Keywords to find books, videos TC owns Call # is item’s addressMy Library Account feature•See what you have checked out•Renew borrowed items•‘Place a Hold’ on items needed•Create and Save List of Library Resources
What is a Call Number? Books and videos are stored using the Library of Congress classification system Alpha by Call Number each book, video, etc. has its own unique call number attached to the items spineCall number is like an address that tells you where the item is located on the shelf.
A. quiet place to studyB. place to BORROWC. place to find HELPD. Virtual Library oElectronic databases oElectronic books oElectronic magazines oOnline Help
Virtual Library Electronic Books and Magazines• digital versions of print publications• stored in databasesRead on your computer• 10,000 magazine titles• 25,000 electronic books! reference books, literature, science Access from home 24 / 7
Virtual LibraryWhat are Electronic Databasesorganized collection of information digital for mat• Credible, reliable information• Keyword searchable• Delivered via Internet• Password Protected• Student Tools – email –citation help-print• Explore!
Electronic databases/Internet = jumble of words•Think about what you arelooking for•Search efficiently using uniquekeywords
Off-Campus Database Login Instructions Login: First 4 letters of last name and last 4 digits of student ID # Password: changeme
Virtual Library Wanted: Search SkillsLibrary Info is found electronically . . .even the books onthe shelf! Skills Required
Topic SearchSuppose you are doing a research paper onEric Rudolph, the Atlanta Bomber