Where do you start your search?

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Where do you start in your search for scholarly articles, newspapers, magazine articles, or streaming videos? Each database has its own targeted information.  Some databases focus specifically on business, while others are on science or art or streaming videos. If you end up searching in a database that is not related to your topic area, it will be difficult to find relevant articles and can prove quite frustrating.  With over 220 databases, your favorite database to search for one class or discipline may not be the best for another subject area.

Databases by Subject is intended to help you find databases that closely match the your research topic.  By clicking on the Databases A-Z link, you can select the topic most aligned with your research to find Best Bet databases, and then search for scholarly articles.

 

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Cite Your Sources!

Have you heard your professor say, “Cite your sources.”

You may be wondering: “what is APA?” or “what is MLA?.” We have tools to help you.

Get started with learning about the citation format at the library’s Citation Help Guide. Here you will find information and examples on AJPA, APA, ASA, MLA and Chicago/Turabian.

Another great (even better) resource is the Online Writing Lab at Purdue (affectionately known by your librarians as “OWL”). This is an in depth guide to some citation formats.

If you are jumping into a large research paper or thinking about your senior project, take a look at RefWorks. Create a database of your references that you can organize and then quickly create bibliographies. There is even a tool that works with Word that helps to formats your in-text citations, while building your work cited list at the end.

For detailed tutorials on using RefWorks visit the library’s RefWorks Guide.

Other freely accessible citation generators include:

 

Learn New Skills

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Lynda.com is available for students, faculty, and staff through the Wilson Library.

What is Lynda.com?

Lynda.com’s mission is:  To help you learn the skills you need to achieve your full potential.

It is an online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Courses include a wide range of  topics and software training in the areas of:

  • 3D + Animation
  • Audio + Music
  • Business
  • CAD
  • Design
  • Developer
  • IT
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Web

How long can I have access?

Students can have access for 2 weeks.  This access is  renewable for another 3 weeks, if no one else has requested access.

Request access to Lynda.com

To request access, please fill out the form below.  You will need to give your La Verne email address for access. For more information, contact Library Technology Services by email (makerspace@laverne.edu ), phone (909) 448 – 1543, or visiting the Wilson Library.

Note: we have a total of 3 licenses that can be checked out at a time.

 

 

 

A Whole New RefWorks

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RefWorks now has a brand new interface!  (Continuing users make sure to read to the end. There are some important tips, that I learned the hard way.)  The new interface allows for easy editing, creating of folders, creating of bibliographies, sharing of folders, and more.  It provides the same functionality as the Legacy RefWorks with a much more user-friendly look and feel.

RefWorks is an all-inclusive reference manager that allows you to collect, organize, read, annotate, and cite research sources. It’s an online service, meaning that you can access your research from anywhere that you have a computer and internet access, whether on-campus or off. Signing up is simple.

If you are already a RefWorks user, you know the high level of functionality it provides in saving your citations, creating bibliographies, and pairing with your word software.

If you are not yet a RefWorks user, take a minute to think about a software that stores all of your citation information and generates a first draft of your references page in seconds….  a dream come true.

For New RefWorks Users:

To learn more or to get started, the library has a RefWorks Guide with step-by-step instructions for everything you might want to know about RefWorks.

If you are ready to get started, you can create an account (using your La Verne email address) on the RefWorks homepage.

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After you have set up an account, start searching in one of the library’s many databases for articles to export to RefWorks.

For Continuing RefWorks Users:

You have a choice.  Do you stay with the tried and true Legacy RefWorks? Or do you migrate over to the New RefWorks?

If you have been using RefWorks for a while there are some things you need to consider before deciding whether to continue using the Legacy RefWorks or migrate to the New RefWorks.

  1. Are you in the middle of working on a dissertation, thesis, or senior project?   If so, you probably don’t want to learn the new software in the middle of your project.  The Legacy RefWorks is scheduled to be available through next summer.  If your timeline matches this, you may just want to stick with what you know and then migrate. If you are at the beginning of your dissertation process, you may want to migrate over now.
  2. Is migrating to the New RefWorks difficult? Nope! RefWorks has made the migration very easy. When you log into the Legacy RefWorks there is a link in the top left-hand corner to migrate.  RefWorks takes care of the rest. One thing to note upon migrating: your username will now be the laverne email associated with your account, regardless of what it was in the Legacy RefWorks.
  3. Are you tempted to migrate and then see which one you like best? From personal experience, I would highly recommend not doing this.  If you start exporting/importing into both versions be aware that the citations with only appear in the version you import them into.  Pick one and go with it!  Otherwise you will be missing citations that you will need. (Yes, you can imagine how frustrating this might be!)
  4. How is the best way to keep logging into Legacy RefWorks? RefWorks has created an intermediary page when you export from a database allowing you to choose the RefWorks platform you want to use.  From here, select the Legacy RefWorks.  Alternatively, there is a link to the Legacy RefWorks on the RefWorks Guide or you may want to bookmark it in your browser.  The New RefWorks is now linked from the Library Homepage.

 

Do you know…

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Did you know that you have full access to the New York Times through the Wilson Library?  Your access to NYTimes.com is available from any location, on or off campus. In order to access it, you will need to create your own account with your La Verne email. Here are step by step instructions for setting up your account.

With an account you can:

  • Retrieve your Times content from any device.
  • Sign up and get news sent right to your in-box.
  • Save articles for later.
  • Receive custom newsletters.
  • Access content tailored to you. Enjoy personalized articles, videos and slide shows.
  • Comment on articles.
  • Email stories, videos and multimedia.

Get started NOW!

New Databases Available!

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by Leyrlo on Flickr Creative Commons license

Give our new databases a try!

We are continually adding subscriptions to provide you with more journals, books and resources like articles, language lessons, data, films, and statistics. New databases are in the disciplines of art, business, health, language, sciences, social sciences, sociology, statistics and more. Please note more new databases will be added to the list as they become live. Enjoy!

APA Style Central
APA Style Central features four independent but integrated centers that provide expert resources necessary for teaching, learning, and applying the rules of APA Style.

Essential Science Indicators
Essential Science Indicators can determine the influential individuals, institutions, papers, publications, and countries in a field of study. Fully integrated with Web of Science, ESI offers unbiased metrics based on citation activity of the most impactful global and regional journals, books and proceedings.

Factiva
Factiva is a international news database produced by Dow Jones, one of the leading global provider of economic and financial information. Factiva combines over 36,000 sources to provide premium content from 200 countries, in 28 languages. Users have access to a wide range of information from newspapers, newswires, industry publications, websites, company reports, and more.

Gallup Analytics
Gallup Analytics provides access to nearly a century of U.S. data and a decade of global tracking data from the Gallup World Poll. It includes new data and historical trends at the country, state and U.S. city levels, all easily searchable and exportable.

InCites – Benchmarking
InCites provides customized citation data, metrics and profiles on leading research institutions and journals. With objective analysis that supports research evaluation and assessment, collaboration activities, and competitive analysis, this resource offers the ability to benchmark research output and impact, identify collaborators and subject matter experts, and promote areas of strength and specializations. Note: must register and create a login.

Journal Citation Reports
Journal Citation Reports gives a systematic, objective means to evaluate the world’s leading scientific and scholarly journals. By analyzing citation references, JCR measures research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals.

Naxos Music Library
Naxos Music Library provides a comprehensive collection of classical music available online offering over 1,793,100 tracks of Classical music, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music. It includes the complete BIS, Chandos, Hänssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naxos, Ondine and selected titles of other leading independent labels, with over 1,000 albums added monthly.

ProQuest Central
This resource brings together complete ProQuest databases across all major subject areas, including Business, Health and Medical, Social Sciences, Education, Science and Technology, and Humanities.

Statistical Insight – Tables
Statistical Insight – Tables contains statistical content, spanning more than 1 million published tables on thousands of different topics. It provides fast and easy access to statistical information produced by U.S. federal agencies, states, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations.

 

 

La Verne Histories

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From the University of La Verne Archives 

What do you know of the University of La Verne’s history?

Do you know the original name of the university was Lordsburg College?  It was named for the name of the town at the time and was housed in an old hotel (see photo).

The La Verne Digital Collections contains six small collections of photos highlighting parts of the University of La Verne’s history.  The collections include:

 

  •   LVC Volunteers: A collection of photographs from the 1960s of La Verne College (LVC) students who travelled the world in service of humanity as members of Brethren Volunteer Service, International Voluntary Service, Peace Corps, Summer Service and workcamps.
  • Gladdys E. Muir Collection: Gladdys Muir, Professor of Latin and Spanish (Academy), 1916 – 1921; Professor of History (L.V.C.), 1921-1948; after founding Peace Studies Department at Manchester College, Indiana, and teaching there from 1948-1959, she retired and taught part time at La Verne. This collection includes her photos from various time period, postcards and college pictures.
  • Aerial Photos of La Verne: A collection of aerial photos of the city of La Verne from 1930-1950s.
  • Lordsburg College: A collection of building photos of Lordsburg College.
  • ULV Yearbooks: A collection of University of La Verne Yearbooks.
  • Freshman Class Pictures: Pictures of University of La Verne entering freshman class spelling out 2016 (on the new football/softball field)—the year they graduate.

 

Alums Get Access to More Library Resources!

Are you already an alum? Counting down the days until you are an alum? The Wilson Library provides services and resources after you have graduated.

Alumni of the University of La Verne receive a variety of free services from the Wilson Library.  These include access to selected databases, a RefWorks account, book check out, use of the 24/7 Ask A Librarian service, and wireless internet access or use of the computers at the Wilson Library.

If you are an alumni and wish to take advantage of your library privileges, the first step is to request email & library benefits through the Office of Alumni Relations.

As an alumni, you have access to 7 databases (3 were just added to the Alumni Collection!):

  • Academic Search Alumni Edition
    is designed for the research needs of the post-college professional. The database provides full text for more than 3,350 journals as well as indexing and abstracting for more than 8,200 journals. Academic Search Alumni Edition also includes valuable peer-reviewed full text journals, offering critical information from many sources.
  • Business Source Alumni Edition
    is designed for the research needs of the post-college professional. The database provides 1,540 full text business magazines and journals, of which 780 are peer-reviewed. This database includes publications in nearly every area of business including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance, econometrics, economics and more.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
    The Chronicle of Higher Education is academe’s No. 1 source for news, information, and jobs. This web site offers the complete contents of the latest issue as well as articles published since September 1989.
  • Psychology Journals (ProQuest)
    This database provides information from over 400 psychology and related publications. (At this time, this is the only database from ProQuest available for Alumni.)
  • SAGE Journals Online (*NEW)

    Contains full text for 708 journals dating back to 1908, and includes more than 780 books and monographs, and full text for 9,333 conference papers This database provides abstracts of journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations.
  • SAGE Knowledge (*NEW)

    A collection of SAGE reference books available electronically. Search by Keyword, Title, browse through the indexes. Covering: sociology, law, education, healthcare, counseling and more.
  • Sage Research Methods Online (*NEW)

    This tool is “designed to help you create research projects and understand the methods behind them. SRMO’s taxonomy of over 1,400 methods terms links to authoritative content, including over 600 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book” and “Little Blue Book” series, 2 major works collating a selection of journal articles, and newly commissioned videos.”

For more information about using the Wilson Library as an alumni, visit the Resources for Alumni webpage.