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Library sponsored events will be held from 11:45am-1pm, unless otherwise noted. (Check back as we’ll be adding more events in the future.)

 

September

24th-30th: Banned Books Week

October

TBD: Open Access Week

TBD: Excel Workshops

2nd: Technology Petting Zoo

4th: Grand Opening Bible Exhibit

10th: Lecture Series – Oral Histories of the University of La Verne (location: Presidents Dining Room)

18th: ULV History Trail (Scavenger Hunt)

25th: Research Poster Sessions

November

1st-30th: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) https://nanowrimo.org (more information to follow)

8th: Web of the Science for the Sciences

February

TBD: SPSS

TBD: Technology Petting Zoo

March

7th: Copyright

TBD: Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon (Women’s History Month)

April

8th-14th: National Library Week

11th: Journal Citation Reports for the Sciences

TBD: Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

30th: Children’s Book Day

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.

 

 

 

Create 3D Stuff!

Have you ever wanted to print a 3D object? Now’s your chance!

The Wilson Library is piloting a 3D-printing service. During the pilot, the service is free.

Only small objects are able to be printed. Large objects are not able to be accepted for print at this time.

Requests should include a .stl file. We will try to convert all other file types, but cannot promise that the files will be able to be converted successfully.

To make a request fill out the 3D Printing Request form or email makerspace@laverne.edu.

Create 3D Stuff!

Have you ever wanted to print a 3D object? Now’s your chance!  The Wilson Library is piloting a 3D-printing service until January 1, 2016. During the pilot, the service is free.

Only small objects are able to be printed. Large objects are not able to be accepted for print at this time.

Requests should include a .stl file. We will try to convert all other file types, but cannot promise that the files will be able to be converted successfully.

To make a request fill out the 3D Printing Request form or email makerspace@laverne.edu.

iPads!

iPadThe library now has iPads available for check out at the Circulation Desk.  You can check one out for 3 days. First come, first serve.

The iPads come preloaded with apps, and any apps/data you add will be deleted when you return it. Learn more about the basics of iPad Lending or stop by the Circulation Desk to view the entire borrowing policy.

What apps would you like to see added to the iPads? We would love to know your recommendation!  Fill out the form below to add your suggestion.

 

 

 

Spring is in the Air!

With Winter Term in full swing and Spring Semester just starting, it seems like a good time to highlight some of the resources and services available in the library.

Have you wondered…how to use the library from home? How to check out books, download articles or watch films? Have you ever needed research help?  This is the first of a three part blog series on helpful things you should know about your library.  Leave comments or questions to have your library or research related question answered!

In this blog learn the answers to the questions:

  • How do I use the library as an online student without having to come to campus?
  • Can I access actual material, like articles and books?
  • There are so many databases listed, how can I figure out what I should use for my class paper?

The Virtual World

Question: How do I use the library as an online student without having to come to campus?

Answer:  Libraries are so different now from when you had to visit the physical library to get information.  Now you can use the library from just about anywhere that has an internet connection.  The only exception is browsing the book aisles! But have no fear, bibliophiles, there is have a solution for you.

To visit the library online go to http://library.laverne.edu.  From here you can access ebooks, journals, articles, streaming video, and much more.  The tabbed interface directs you to the type of resource you want.

Tabs on the Library Home Page

Many of our articles, films and ebooks require you to login to the Wilson Library system to verify that you are a La Verne student.   To log in you need your last name and your 8 digit University ID.  From here, you have access to the majority of the Wilson Library!

 Library Log in screen.  Log in with last name and student ID

 
 The Material World

Question: Can I access actual library materials, like articles and books?

Answer: Yes!! The databases (that can be found either through the Subject Guides or through Databases A-Z on the homepage) will let you search for articles from thousands of scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers.  Those can be downloaded to your computer, printed, or emailed.

We have books for you, too.  The easiest way to access books is through our ebook collections.  You can search the ebooks in the library catalog from the Books tab, by using the drop down menu to select E-books.  

Search for ebooks on the books tab

This ensures that you will only find ebooks that you can access right then.  You can also go directly into the ebook collections through ebrary or eBook Collections in Ebsco.  To find out more about using ebrary to create a bookshelf (your own account), highlight and take notes visit our YouTube Channel.

Not interested in ebooks?  No problem, it will just take a bit more time to get the book into your hands.  There are a couple of options for print books.  First, you can contact Sherry, the library’s Resource Sharing Assistant at (909) 448-4314 or ssmith@laverne.edu, and request any of our books to be mailed to your home address.

Another option is to request LINK+ books.  What is LINK+?  LINK+ is a consortium of libraries in California and Nevada in which you have the ability to check out any of their books (we are talking millions of titles!).  To place a request you will need your name and 8-digit University ID.  You can place a request through LINK+ and then contact Sherry to have it sent to your home.

Are you one to browse the book shelves? Depending on where you live you may have the ability to go to a nearby library to check out books or even request books to be delivered close to your home.  The LINK+ Visiting Patron Program allows a La Verne student to use his/her library card in person at another participating Link+ library.  When visiting another LINK+ library, please have your library card and ID present at the time of checkout. (https://csul.iii.com/screens/help_visitingpatron.html)

Pick-up Elsewhere program is another service that delivers LINK+ books you request to a library near you.  Check to see if there is a library near your home (https://csul.iii.com/screens/help_pu_anywhere.html).  When requesting a book, select the library nearest you instead of the Wilson Library.

Selecting where to pick up your LINK+ books

Finding What You Want

Question: There are so many databases listed, how can I figure out what I should use for my class paper?

Answer:  For a moment think about the subject of your course (is it business? Sociology? Writing?).  The Wilson Librarians have created subject guides to help get you started.  From the main library page, click on Subject Guides A-Z”.

Using the subject guides

From here you can select your general and specific subject area, or check if a guide has been done for the course you are taking.  These guides link out to article databases most relevant to your subject area, and will often include other valuable resources like subject specific dictionaries and encyclopedias, ebooks, citation guides, and the contact information for the subject librarian.  These guides are created specifically for each subject area and are intended to help you get started!

Finding the Guide That is Right for you

Until Next Time!

I suspect that I have covered quite a lot of information in this first blog of the series.  Hopefully, this gets you started.  Stay tuned for the next blog that will go into a few more library resources and services you can access from home, like 24/7 Chat (in fact give that a try now!), mobile library applications, how librarians can help you, and more.  Once again – if you are curious about a specific library resource or service, please leave a comment or contact me directly at egratz@laverne.edu. You can also find us on Facebook and as Leo_Librarian on Twitter.

(This blog entry is a reprint from the La Verne Online Blog)

Tech Tuesday: What to Do When the Library Doesn't Own What You Want

When conducting library research you will occasionally come across an article or book that the Wilson Library does not have available.  There are a couple of ways to get the item you are looking for!

For Books:

If you can’t find the book you want in the library catalog, search  LINK+! LINK+ is a consortium of over 50 libraries in California and Nevada.  You can borrow books from any of these libraries for FREE.  If you are on the La Verne Campus or nearby, they will arrive at the Wilson Library in 2-3 business days.  If you are at one of La Verne’s other campuses, take a look at your area to see if there is a LINK+ library with visiting privileges or the pick up elsewhere service and pick up your books there.

For Articles:

Just because we don’t have the full-text linked in the database doesn’t mean we can’t get the article for you!  LeoDelivers is a free service that lets you request items that we don’t own:  articles, books, conference proceedings, etc.  It can take up to 2 or 3 weeks to receive the article, so it is the perfect reason not to procrastinate.

The video below shows what to do when you find an article without full-text.

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Visit the New to LeoDelivers web page for more information or to sign up for an account.