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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com, 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.
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”.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)