ROCKS AT RIO!
How busy is our library?
Here are some stats to give you an idea of whats going on!
We gave 47 workshops and orientations during the months of January and February, serving a total of some 994 students.
In the month of February alone
23,272 people passed through the gates on the 2nd floor
2,425 reference questions were answered
2,397 items were checked out, including 1208 books, 314 videos, 176 music cds, 158 journals
11,920 documents were accessed from our online database ProQuest
SIRS was accessed 1,927 times
Biography Resource Center retrieved 140 entries
Resource Center retrieved 111 entries.
The McNaughton Collection
This is a collection of best selling fiction and non-fiction titles located on the third floor. If you are looking for the latest Patricia Cornwell novel or a guide to Mexico, you will find it here! This collection of books is leased and consists of a rotating selection of some 200 titles at any given time.
To find out whats new, go to the Library Catalog and select the McNaughton Books button.On WebCat, the button looks like this
To alleviate some confusion about the ProQuest archives icon and the current ProQuest database and to standardize and streamline the desktop, we have installed a menu system on the Internet computers. Its a little clunky, but it basically does what it is supposed to do
Similar to the example shown above, it provides choice of buttons to launch you into the library catalog, the Internet, online databases, CD-ROM network (yes, we still have one!) and various other programs.
Let us know how you like it.
it youll like it
There is a new search engine we have been using that has been getting rave reviews in the journals. Its called Google --http://www.google.com or just type google in the Netsite or Address box in your browser. It is certainly the fastest search engine around, but more importantly, the results are usually better and more focused with less irrelevant hits. There is a mathematical reason for this! If you want to read about how its done, have a look at the explanation at:
A Web directory has recently been added so that you can browse for subjects rather than putting in your own search terms.
Have you used ReferenceUSA yet?
This database, only available on-campus, has business directory information as well as consumer (resident) directories for the United States.
ReferenceUSA can help with these and similar queries. You can download up to 50 records and export the results to an Excel spreadsheet or paste them into a document.
Try a few searches and see how useful it can be. You can access ReferenceUSA through our Online Databases page on the library Web site:
A short list of Research Strategies guides on the Web
Its a truism that most of us dont bother to consult the manual until we are really stuck! In the matter of writing a research paper, it is no different. Frequently students muddle along doing the best they can conducting searches that may retrieve nonsensical hits as well as useful information. When you reach the point that you ARE prepared to learn how to search more effectively, there are some great tutorials and Web sites that can help.
One of my favorites (but not for its rather unfetching graphical layout!) is:
Read the entire document! The Search Strategies we do NOT recommend is every bit as helpful as their Five Step Research Strategy.This guide will give you tips on how to search the major search engines and give sample searches that employ real examples.
Another favorite is:
The 7 Steps of Doing Research in Academic Libraries from the librarians at Kirtland Community College in Roscommon, Michigan.
This site describes basic sources of information (books, journals, Internet, etc) and gives direction on how to choose and use these tools.
A third guide:
Help with Your Research, comes from the Libraries of the Claremont Colleges
Keep in mind that while we may not have all the resources that are mentioned in these guides, the basic steps of how to do research are the same whether you are at Stanford, Rio Hondo, or Oxford University!
Another great way to improve your research skills is to attend our [free] Internet Workshops. If you already have some experience with Internet searching, then start with Evaluating Web Sites to learn more about how to judge whether the information provided at a site is likely to be useful and accurate.Subject Guides for Research Papers will give you an introduction and hands-on practice with THE way to cut your searching time in half. Finding Articles in ProQuest is virtually a necessity if you wish to learn the advanced techniques that will help you with your papers.
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