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Welcome! This guide will provide you with an overview of the library resources and services that are available to you. Everything you will need to know to get started is on the page, so you can bookmark or print it for future reference as needed.
The #1 library fact that we hope you will always remember is that the library is here to help you. Any time you have a question, please ask us! There are many ways to contact the library:
On the right-hand side of the library's home page, you can find the research menu that you will use throughout your program. An image of this menu is shown below. Each of the tools is then explained beneath the image. [Please note that this is an image of the menu--the links are not active in this image.]
You can find the discovery service link at the top of the right-side menu on our page. The discovery service searches multiple databases at the same time and provides the most comprehensive search experience the library offers. Use this when you need to find the most resources on a topic that you can. Once you have searched the discovery service, please run the same search in our ProQuest databases for even more sources. You will also need to search the Nexis and the Morningstar databases separately, as they are also not in the discovery service, due to their format.
Graduate students usually also like to use the specialized databases for their fields, which can be found in the "Articles and Databases" link in the right side menu. These databases allow you to hone in on your topic without seeing other more general results--however, the majority of these databases, except those mentioned above, are also in the discovery tool.
Here is a look at our right-side menu:
The SBU Integrated Search Tool is a great resource when you want to get a quick overview of the literature for a given topic. It searches multiple library databases* in one search, including the library's online catalog. It will return a listing of 250 or fewer highly-relevant resources from multiple sources. However, it is not as powerful as the discovery tool, discussed above.
Why isn't it as powerful? First, it does not include books or e-books. In addition, it limits the number of search results displayed so that you can quickly look through the most relevant articles, as selected by a search algorithm based on the keywords used. For most searches, the tool returns approximately 20 percent of the articles that could be found in any one of the databases it searches. For example, if there were 100 articles in the Business Source Complete database on your topic, the Integrated Search Tool would display the top 20 most relevant articles.
Therefore, as a graduate student who usually will need more in-depth searching, you will also want to utilize the discovery tool and the databases in your field.
As an undergraduate, you no doubt utilized the databases at your library. You will find that our library has databases that you might already be familiar with, as well as some that will be new to you. All databases work in generally the same manner--there is a search box where you type in the keywords for the information you need. If you are having difficulty generating keywords, a librarian can assist you.
Databases also have advanced search screens, and many have a subject index or thesaurus that can be useful in locating materials by subject. Even if you have never used a particular database before, you have the skills from using other databases to give it a try.
To use any of the library's databases, click on the link entitled "Articles and Databases."
Databases that students in business and integrated marketing communications fields find most useful include the following:
The majority of the library's databases can be used from anywhere you are. The few databases that do not allow for remote use are clearly indicated on the Articles & Databases page.
Remote access is accomplished through a proxy server. You will be prompted to log in once you choose a database. Your login is your SBU username without the @bonaventure.edu part. Your password is your last name.
Sometimes you have a specific article citation and you need to know if you can obtain the full-text through the library.
There are two ways to find full-text journals the library has: (a) Use the Publication Finder in the discovery tool, or (b) the Find Electronic & Print Journal Titles tool allows you to type in the name of a journal, and it will let you know if the library has access to that title online or in print (print holdings are included for more current subscriptions).
The Book Catalog will help you find materials that the library physically owns. It lists all types of materials--books, audio-visual materials, kits, etc. All of this material is also indexed in the library's discovery system.
If you find something that you need in the discovery system or the catalog that is physically in the library, but you do not live near the library, we can mail the item to you. We can also scan an individual chapter and e-mail it to you.
WorldCat is another catalog tool to help you find books and other research materials, including selected articles. WorldCat will show content that our library owns first, and then shows materials that are owned by other libraries. You can use WorldCat to help you find out what has been published on a topic, and just about anything you find in WorldCat can be borrowed by the library for your use, at no cost to you, through our Inter-library Loan service.
You will be using the APA citation style in your writing during your degree program. Whatever citation style you used in the past will have given you a good foundation in the elements of citations. The library recommends the online guide produced by the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University for general information about APA formatting (which includes a sample paper).
The library provides access to Noodletools, an easy-to-use and accurate citation manager. Noodletools does not create your references automatically--you still need to have the bibliographic information to enter into the forms it provides. What it does do is help you to create accurate citations, by guiding you every step of the way, as you fill out a form based on the type of resource you are citing. Noodletools will also help you to create an annotated bibliography, and determine what to use for an in-text, or parenthetical, citation in your writing.
Please consult the following videos for assistance with using Noodletools:
NOTE: If you have Word 2016, the APA template works much better for helping you to format your paper. The library also offers a Word template on the home page, in the right-side menu.
Inter-library loan is a service that helps you obtain materials that are unavailable in our library. The library will obtain the material that you need, at no cost to you, and will electronically deliver them to you, or in the case of physical items, will ship them to you.
Please allow at least two weeks for physical materials to be received, since another library needs to retrieve and send or scan an item. Articles are received much more quickly, because they are sent electronically.
You can find out the current hours for the library by checking the info on the left-hand side of the home page. Even if you are an online student, you might want to know when the library is open if you want to call and speak with a reference librarian in person, for example.
You can find a listing of library staff members and their contact information by using the Library Staff Directory link.
Every semester, the library conducts selected workshops that cover how to most effectively use library databases and the citation management tool. The citation workshop also includes word processing hints.
We will be glad to schedule an online workshop at any time for interested online graduate students, upon request. Any online workshops will be recorded and posted for later viewing. To request an online workshop, please contact Ann Tenglund at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be scheduling workshops especially for online graduate students, which are open to all graduate students, even if you attend classes online. The library currently uses Zoom software for online workshops, which works on PCs, Macs, and mobile devices.
Library workshops can also be presented to a class. If you are online, we can schedule a synchronous, scheduled meeting time for the class, or at a convenient time for class members. The session would be recorded for your future use. If you would like to arrange a library presentation for your class, please ask your professor to contact Ann Tenglund in the library (email@example.com),
You will be using a variety of resources for your projects and papers, including material accessed via the open Internet. As you know, you need to be careful when utilizing materials found online. It would be very embarrassing to be making a presentation to your colleagues in class or at work and find that you had relied on an Internet hoax site to prepare your presentation.
You have heard this warning many times in the past, but it is not always easy to remember what to check for. An easy-to-remember acronym is found within the CRAAP test, which can help you determine if the information you want to use is worthy.
Adapted from Evaluating Information--Applying the CRAAP Test from the Meriam Library, California State University at Chico
If you have a suggestion for us, please let us know. We want to hear from you if you have an idea that would make your work more efficient. Please send any comments or suggestions to Ann Tenglund at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to working with you! Please be in touch whenever we can be of assistance. Best of luck with your degree program!
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