Archive for October, 2010

Updated MLA Guide Now Available

Thursday, October 21, 2010

MLA handbook ImageThe updated MLA citation handout is now available! Click here to access the new guide, visit the MLA citation page on the library website to download or print a copy, or  head to your campus library to pick up a handout.

The MLA citation guide has been developed from the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, and has been constructed by Okanagan College Librarians as an additional resource. This handout is a great starting point for citing sources, but for further explanation of citation rules and to find more examples, see the handbook.

The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers can be found in the library at the following call number: LB 2369 .G53 2009

Subject & Course Specific Research Help

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Not sure where to start your search? Looking for suggestions on how to start a search? Okanagan College librarians have some tools just for you! The library has a wide range of course and subject specific  research guides! These online research and help guides are also sometimes referred to as LibGuides. These guides have been developed by librarians to help students in specific courses and subject areas.

What can these guides provide you with?  Student Studying

  • Information on course specific resources
  • Citation help
  • Links to helpful websites and resources
  • Online tools to help with group work, collaboration, and presentations
  • Research and searching tips
  • Contact information for librarians

Visit the ‘Guides by Course & Subject‘ page of the library website to see the full list of research guides. You can access these guides by clicking on the link under the help menu of the library home page, or by visiting the Library’s LibGuides home page.

Examples of current research guides:

Have an idea for a new LibGuide? Let us know! OC librarians are always open to new ideas.

Found an issue with a current LibGuide? E-mail the Web Services Librarian to get it fixed.

2 New Databases!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Two new databases have been added to the Library collection. The first is a trial of Global Market International Database (GMID). This incredibly in-depth database provides business-related statistics, market research reports, and data from a wide range of sources compiled by Euromonitor International, a global market research company specializing in industries, countries and consumers. Consumer and market information is available from 205 countries, with extended data for 52 countries. As a user you can identify and compare statistics for demographic, market, consumer, industry, and company research, and identify information such as market size, brand share, consumer profiles, and more!

This database  will be especially appealing to those taking courses in business, political science, sociology, tourism and hospitality, as well as some others. Experiment by comparing country and company data, such as the top beer companies in Canada versus the United States.

We encourage you to take a look, take it for a test run, and give us feedback! Visit the trial databases page on the Library website for more information.

Martins ONline Criminal Code iconThe second  new addition to the library’s online database collection will be of special interest to those studying criminology, law, government, or other arts courses. Martin’s Online Criminal Code is an online legal research tool that provides access to the current criminal code and annotations, as well as all previous criminal codes dating back to 1955.  As a user you can browse through previous versions of Martin’s Annual Criminal Code, or search for a specific section or subsection.

This database can be accessed from the A-Z articles page on the Library website, or on the subject pages for Arts, Criminology, Reference, and Law & Government. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of this new online resource, or any other resources currently available at the library.

Having access issues? E-mail the OC Web Services Librarian.

Sept/Oct Deakin Newsletter: Puffin is 70!

Friday, October 1, 2010

The September/October edition of the Deakin Newsletter of Children’s Literature is now available! This edition celebrates the 70th anniversary of Puffin Books.

Puffin multi-books Many people have fond memories reading materials published by Puffin books. If you read the paperback version of the Hobbit, there is a good chance it was a Puffin edition! The newsletter features links to sites with activities and downloads exclusive to this historic event, as well as a feature article celebrating the 70th anniversary. Some background on Puffin books:

“The first Penguins were hatched in 1935, the colour indicating fiction (orange), crime (green), and biography (blue). Each carried the imprint of a little penguin, each cost sixpence. In twelve months the company had sold three million paperbacks.” To read more visit the Deakin Newsletter of Children’s Literature on the Salmon Arm campus website.

Other features in this edition include the newly released and widely popular title “It’s a book” by Lane Smith. A book-loving ape and a tech-savvy donkey have a conversation on reading in a digital age. See the video below for a preview!

The Deakin Newsletter features 16 titles, including classics from Puffin Books, picture books such as ‘the Heart and the Bottle’ by author Oliver Jeffers,  non-fiction picture books and a number of featured websites.

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