Archive for September, 2010

Consumer Research: New LibGuide!

Friday, September 24, 2010

A new Consumer Research library guide is now available. Click on the link or visit the ‘Guides by Course & Subject‘ page of the OC Library website and scroll down to Consumer Behaviour.

This guide was created for students enrolled in BUAD 345 Consumer Behaviour, but it can be used for any kind of marketing research. The guide provides some great book titles related to consumer research,  some key databases to check out for your research needs, as well as other useful information, such as how to investigate consumer spending trends. And don’t forget to take a look at the citation section to help you cite all those great facts you find.

This library guide also provides links to the Business Admin Library blog, including a link to the most recent post that touches on the Globe & Mail article, “How Tim Hortons will take over the world“.

Have some suggestions for this LibGuide? Leave us a comment or contact the  Business Liaison Librarian.

Visit us on Facebook & Twitter!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

That’s right! The OC library is now on both Facebook and Twitter!

Facebook Logo Become a fan on Facebook to get library updates and hear about the latest news (we promise you wont be bombarded!). Share pictures, leave us your comments and feedback, or join a discussion. Click on the Facebook icon that appears at the bottom of every library page or click here to visit the page.

The library is now tweeting as well. Follow us @OC_Lib or click on the link at the bottom of every library page to get the latest news, Twitter style. And with less than 140 characters per update, we have no choice but to keep things brief.

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Have more ideas on how the Library could be taking advantage of Social Media? Send an e-mail to the Web Services Librarian, or take advantage of our new tools and send us a Tweet or a Facebook message.

New Database: Alternative Press Index

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Library is testing out a new database! Alternative Press Index (API) may have just the article you are looking for. With over 300,000 records that include journals, newspaper articles, and magazine records from over 300 international alternative, radical, and left-wing periodicals you just may find exactly what you need!

The Alternative Press Index (API) database covers theories and practices of socialism and revolution alongside Ecology, Democracy and Anarchism, Feminism and Organized Labor, and Indigenous Peoples and Gays/Lesbians. API coverage begins in 1991 and is both international and interdisciplinary.

Take advanatage of this unique database before it’s too late! It is only on trial until the end of November. You can access API by visiting the Articles page on the library website and clicking the ‘Trial Databases” link on the right side of the screen, or by clicking the “Find Articles by Title (A-Z List)” link at the top of the articles page.

The Library would love to get your feedback on this new database. Leave us a comment on this blog, on our Facebook page, or send us a Tweet (@OC_Lib) via Twitter. You can also let us know by using the library suggestion box, by asking a librarian online, by sending us an e-mail, or by stopping by the reference desk.

Any issues accessing the database? Let the OC Web Services Librarian know be sending her an e-mail!

Printing or computer problems?

Monday, September 13, 2010

The computers in many of the campus libraries have been causing some confusion for our users. Here are the most common problems people have been experiencing:

1. “I clicked print but nothing is coming out!”

Two solutions:

What is your default printer? When you hit print, you must select a printer. Some computers have a default setting to print to Microsoft XPS document writer or OneNote. These are not printers. To select the proper printer, hit print, in the box that pops up click the arrow on the name box and select the correct printer for your library location. These printer names usually begin with an abbreviation for the campus you are at. IT is currently working on a permanent solution to this problem.

If you are printing from blackboard and your print job does not come out, you may have to save the document, then open the saved PDF and try to print again.

2. “My computer freezes when I try to logon.”

Well, actually it is not freezing, the computers are just very slow. Please be patient, IT is still working out some glitches!

3. “I put in my student number and date of birth to logon for the first time and I get an error message!”

Are you SURE it is an error message? A pop-up should come up prompting you to change your password. Please read these pop-ups!

Are you providing your date of birth in the correct format? See the signs located around computer terminals for exact instructions.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Okanagan College APA style guide has been updated. If you received a handout from an instructor, the library, or any other place on campus it is no longer current. To avoid citation errors, please visit the APA citation guide page on the library website to download the updated version.  Print copies of the PDF will be available in your library shortly. This guide is brief and students should refer to the print manuals available in their library for further clarification.

You can find the print guide in the reference section of your campus library or at the call number BF 76.7 .P83 2009

The APA guide changes are due to recent updates to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Some key changes to be aware of are:

  • If an article or e-book has a DOI (digital object identifier) you must use it
  • If your article or e-book does not have a DOI, you must link to the journal  homepage or e-book publisher homepage
  • If your citation has 8+ authors, provide the first 6, then ellipses (…), then the last author
  • Place of publication information: for US publication information give the city name in full and the abbreviation for the state, for publishers outside the US give the city name in full and the country name in full

If you have citation questions feel free to ask a librarian at your campus library.

For more help on APA citation try any of the following websites:

Kelowna Student Room Bookings Now Online

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Students looking to book group study rooms at the Kelowna campus are now required to make these reservations online. Reservations must be made through myOkanagan. Students can use any computer with an internet connection to make reservations. Computer terminals are also available at the Kelowna campus library for bookings.

Instructions on Reserving a group study room in Kelowna:

  1. Visit myOkanagan and login with your student number and password
  2. Click on the student tab
  3. Look for ‘Kelowna Student Meeting Room Bookings’
  4. Select your desired room location, date and time

Rooms are available in the library, as well as in the Centre for Learning building. To see a list of rooms, equipment available, and a table and seating chart, visit the Student Library Services page of the Library website.

Students from any campus are welcome to visit the Kelowna campus and use the group study rooms. Please remember the following study room policies:

  • Students only
  • Room bookings can only span between 1 and 2 hours per booking
  • Rooms can be booked up to 1 week in advance
  • 15 minutes late and a room can be re-booked
  • Please do not leave belongings unattended in rooms

We welcome any feedback about this new system. Submit your comments through our online library suggestion box, or leave us a comment on our new Facebook page.

Questions? Contact the Kelowna campus library staff at 250-862-5452 or by e-mail

New ScienceDirect Database Platform: SciVerse

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The ScienceDirect database has a new look! SciVerse, the new platform hosting this database has a bit of a different  feel from what you may be used to. Students can still access the same familiar content relating to Chemistry, Earth Science, Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, Mathematics, and Computer Science.

Changes include:

  • Search results ranked by relevance
  • Search capabilities that include the ability to search only the methods or experimental procedures sections of articles, search results in full sentences, and a list of the most prolific authors for a given search topic.

If you are looking for a tutorial to help you through the change this video might help make things more clear. If you would like to find out more information visit the news release from ScienceDirect.

All links and bookmarks should still function properly, but if you experience any difficulties please contact the OC Web Services Librarian.

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