Archive for January, 2011

Copyright Workshop for Faculty/Instructors

Friday, January 28, 2011

Okanagan College Library presents an in-depth look at Copyright and the role it plays in education. Rob Tiessen of the University of Calgary will lead an informative discussion on the implications of the Access Copyright interim tariff, the proposed new Copyright Act (Bill C-32), the fair dealing provisions of the Act, and other related topics.

This session will be offered twice at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, room H115, at the following times*:

  • Tuesday, February 22, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 23, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

*These presentations will also be streamed live and recorded for later viewing for those who are unable to attend. For live streaming please visit

You can view the poster with more information here, or visit the Faculty Library Services page of the Library website.

For further information on Copyright, see the Copyright FAQ created by OC Library. This guide provides basic information on copyright, information on copyright in the classroom and the library, public performance rights information, and licensing information. It also includes links and background information on Access Copyright, the Access Copyright interim tariff, and additional information on Bill C-32.

Contact Ross Tyner for more information.

APA Citation Workshops Are Back!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cite it Right workshops are back by popular demand! If you missed these informative sessions last term you are in luck. Don’t get frustrated trying to cite in APA format, instead save yourself some time and confusion and register for a painless one hour workshop. Writing term papers will become much easier when you have a solid understanding of how and what to cite.

OC librarians will cover questions such as:

  • My instructor says I need to find a journal article, but what is a journal?
  • What is APA?
  • Why do I need to cite anyways?
  • What do I need in order to create a citation?
  • What is the difference between a reference list and an in-text citation?
  • How do I construct a citation for different types of resources?

These workshops will help you identify different types of resources, walk you through the basics of APA, identify the elements needed to construct a citation, assist in the creation of citations, and show you where you can go for more help.

Space is limited so sign-up before it’s too late! Sessions are being held at the Kelowna campus library, in room L203 (library classroom). Click on any of the below dates or visit the Research Help page on the Library’s website to register. APA is used across many disciplines and we encourage students, faculty, and staff members from across the College to participate.

As a courtesy to others,  if you have registered for a session but are no longer able to attend please notify the Library by contacting the OC Web Services Librarian by email or telephone at 250-762-5445 ext.4660.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us!

2 New Library Guides

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The librarians at OC have been busy since the new term began. Two new library guides (also known as LibGuides) have been published and can now be accessed from the Library’s Guides by Course & Subject page. LibGuides Icon

Have you ever needed assistance finding newspaper articles? The Newspapers library guide will walk you through the process of using key library databases to find newspaper articles. Use these databases to find historical information or to view local and major Canadian and US newspaper articles. Do not be worried if this is your first time looking for newspaper sources! This LibGuide will provide the direction you need to find a specific online newspaper, or help you choose the most appropriate database for your research needs.

WineThe new Wine & Viticulture library guide will be useful for students doing viticulture or winery research. Using this LibGuide you can find resources held in the library or online that contain information related to this niche subject area. You can find background information using some of the highlighted reference sources, such as The Sotheby’s Wine  Encyclopedia or The World Atlas of Wine. You can find resources on grape growing and wine making, or you can learn how to find articles in key viticulture databases. Need help citing those sources? Information and links are provided to help you create proper references.

As many of the resources in these guides are licensed for OC students and staff only, you may be required to login using your OC number and password.

Have an idea for other library guides? Send your suggestions to the online library suggestion box, or directly to the OC Web Services Librarian.

New JSTOR Features

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The JSTOR database has a number of new features introduced for the new year.

MyJSTOR, a feature similar to a personal profile, allows you to set-up journal alerts, track citations, and enables you to create frequency-controlled saved search alerts.

Here are some of the new features:

  • eTOC (table of contents) alerts can tell you when new JSTOR content is added, notifications can be set via email or RSS feed
  • Citation Tracking alerts can notify you when articles new to JSTOR cite an article you are tracking
  • Create saved search alerts that will let you know when a saved search finds content new to JSTOR
  • Set the frequency of alerts to monthly, weekly, or daily

OC Library also now has access to a number of new journal titles through JSTOR’s current scholarship program. Some of these titles include, The American Historical Review, American Journal of International Law, Current Anthropology, Ethics, Infection Control and Hispital Epidemiology, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and more. The digital availability date varies across titles.

Highlights of the new current content in JSTOR:

  • Current issues are integrated with back issue content for the titles
  • New formats are available for current issues, including full-text HTML for some titles and PDF for all
  • Multimedia is available, including zoomable images, videos, audio, and GIS for some titles

For more information, see the news release from JSTOR.

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