Archive for September, 2011

Library Policies Reminder

Monday, September 26, 2011

With a new academic year upon us, it’s time to refresh our memories when it comes to the Library’s policies. Library staff are not trying to make studying any harder than it already is, we just want to ensure everyone is following the same rules.

Food and open drinks are not permitted in the Library, BUT we can’t have you starving! That is why we have tried our best to ensure there are numerous comfortable and sheltered venues for eating and socializing that are close by. Just a few places where you could have a snack include the breezeways,  cafeterias, the atrium in the Centre for Learning, in a courtyard,and many others places on campus. Drinks are permitted as long as they are in spill-proof containers.

Please be respectful of other library users and respect the noise levels in your area. We love to see students getting excited about research, but your neighbour may not feel the same way. If you are in a silent study area or on a quiet floor of the Library, please be courteous of those around you and respect the posted noise levels.

Do not leave your belongings unattended. The Library is not responsible for the security or care of our users’ personal belongings. Please make sure you keep an eye on your things, including laptops, back packs, USB drives, textbooks, binders, kitchen sinks, and anything else you may decide to bring with you for the day.

If you feel there is a policy or procedure that should be created or an existing policy that requires an update, do not hesitate to let us know. For a list of all of OC’s Library policies, please visit the Library Policy Page on the Library’s website.

Cite it Right APA workshops are back!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Back by popular demand, Cite it Right! APA workshops have returned for another term. This year an additional advanced APA citation session has been added to the schedule.

Basic APA sessions will cover topics such as what is APA, what is a citation, citing articles from databases, DOIs, plagiarism, why citation is important, and more. The advanced APA session will appeal to individuals who are comfortable with the basics of APA citation. The advanced session will cover topics such as citing anonymous works, how to cite videos or blog posts, citations in quotations, citing secondary resources, citing non-standard resources, and APA tips and tricks.

Workshops are being offered at the Kelowna campus, room L203 (the Library classroom) on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 6th at 10 a.m. (basic)
  • Wednesday, October 19th at 2 p.m. (advanced)
  • Tuesday, November 8th at 12 p.m. (basic)

Visit the research help page on the Library’s website to register. Space is limited so register soon!

Are you an instructor who would like to offer an APA session to your students? Contact the Library to schedule an in-class session.


AskAway Live Chat Reference Service Now Open

Monday, September 19, 2011

AskAway is now open for the Fall 2011 term!  Post-secondary AskAway is a virtual reference service designed to help students, educators and researchers of BC colleges and universities. Begin a session and a librarian will chat with you in real-time.  Librarians will answer questions, help you find information, suggest research strategies, help you construct citations, and more!

This online reference service opened today at 10 a.m. and will run for the remainder of the term. AskAway is available from the Library’s website, EBSCOhost databases, the Library’s new search engine, and many library web pages (listing of databases, find articles page, the Library’s home page & more).

If you are at home, working on an assignment after library hours, or would prefer to talk about your research or library needs online, this is a great resource!

AskAway hours are:
Sunday-Thursday: 10am-9pm
Friday-Saturday: 10am-5pm
(Closed Oct. 10 and Nov. 11)

To ask a question when AskAway is not open or to contact OC Library directly, you can do so by phone, e-mail, via our online form, or in person.

AskAway is an anonymous service to protect your privacy. The AskAway service receives and retains a copy of the chat transcript. It is related directly to and needed by B.C. libraries to administer their participation in the provincial AskAway service. The information will be used solely for service evaluation and analysis.This information is collected under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468, s. 27(4)(a)) and the College and Institute Act (R.S.B.C 1996, c.52, s. 41(1)(4)). If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information please contact Sunni Nishimura, Virtual Reference Co-ordinator, 778.782.6937.

Key Library Resources & Where You Can Get Help

Monday, September 12, 2011

Are you a new student at OC? Maybe you are a returning student that did not have a chance to previously find the help you needed. Or maybe you are a new faculty member who is not familiar with the services available. There is no need to worry though, the Library is here to help!

Librarians and library staff are available to help with all of your research needs and make life a little easier when it comes to getting your assignments completed on time.

Here is a list of online resources OC Librarians have developed specifically for students:

Research & Course Guides: LibGuides are online subject and course-specific resources developed by OC librarians. Guides are available for some courses (for example ENG100 and BUAD116) and almost all subject areas. There are even guides providing instruction on how to research, how to cite your work, copyright, and how to use or access library resources. If there is a guide that you think would be helpful that is not already created, we want to know!

Listing of Databases Where You Can Find Articles: Instructors will ask you to find articles or use peer-reviewed or scholarly articles when writing a paper. Use the Library’s ERM to find databases available to OC students and staff. The list is organized by subject area or alphabetically, you can search by keyword, or by type of resource you are looking for. For example, are you an arts student look for electronic resources that include eBooks? Select arts from the subject drop-down menu, then select the eBook limiter on the right side of the page. This will bring back all databases and electronic resources that are appropriate for the Arts that include e-books.

E-Journals Listing: Looking to find a specific journal? Use the Library’s e-Journal (also known as CJDB) listings to find a specific journal and access it directly via the database it is indexed in.

Library Catalogue: The Library catalogue is available to help you find books, media and other resources (such as journals, annual reports, government documents, and items in storage) that are available physically in one of the four campus libraries, or online. Using the Library catalogue you can search for items, request items and have them sent to your home library, renew items you have checked out, and check the status of items.

The Library’s Search Engine: New for fall 2011, the Library has recently introduced a search engine that searches across the Library catalogue, databases, and e-journals. Using a single search box, users can find multiple different resource types, with results delivered in a single, relevancy ranked list. You can access the search engine using your internet-capable mobile device with the mobile version.

Asking for help when you are drowning in assignments, struggling with research or when you are not having any luck finding resources can sometimes be a challenge. You do no have to worry though, there are many different ways you can get help.

Library Reference Desks: Information desks are available at all campus libraries. Librarians are available at the reference desk to help with research, citation questions, and anything else you may need assistance with. If a librarian is unable to help with your specific question we will ensure that you are directed to get the help you need. Reference desks are different from the circulation desk where you check-out items from the Library. Depending on the campus library you are at, the reference desk may be located at the end of the circulation desk, or at a different location on the main floor of the Library.

Ask a Question Online: If you would prefer to ask a question online there are multiple ways you can get help. The Ask Us page on the Library’s website will direct your question to an OC librarian who will respond within 24 hours.

You may have noticed the AskAway Chat Box located on the right side of the screen on many library web pages. AskAway is a live, online chat reference service maintained and manned by librarians from post-secondary institutions across the province. For more information about AskAway, including the hours it is available click here. AskAway will open for the Fell term on Sept. 19th.

Contact an OC Librarian Directly: OC librarians are responsible for liaising with departments within the College. If you are a student or instructor and would like to contact the Librarian responsible for your subject area, whether with a research question, to request instruction, or for any other reason click here for contact information.

Contact the Library: You can always contact the Library directly. Click here to find contact information for each campus library, or visit the specific campus library web page available via the Library’s website.

If you ever have trouble accessing the Library catalogue, any of the Library’s databases, or if you have ideas that you would like to see made a reality, please feel free to contact the Library. We love hearing from our users and are here to help!

Welcome New & Returning Students!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Another year is upon us and the Library is ready for another great term. We have some exciting changes and new resources that we hope you will take advantage of this year.

Our most exciting addition is the new library-specific search engine. You may have noticed the search box on the Library’s home page. This Google-like search box allows you to search simultaneously across all types of library resources. Looking for scholarly resources related to global warming? Try a search for global warming and you will get results that include articles from periodicals, books, media, and more! Users were previously required to access specific databases, the Library catalogue, or our listing of electronic journals to find information. Now users can search using a single box and get results from multiple sources. When looking for more specific or specialized information, accessing specific databases and the Library catalogue directly will provide the most relevant results, but our new search engine is a great place to start your research. Stay tuned to learn more about this exciting new search tool.

What else is new?

  • Inter-library loan policies have changed. Visit the ILL page on the Library’s website to find out more.
  • The Library is now using an electronic resource management (ERM) system to organize its databases. You may notice our Find Articles page looks very different.
  • Library policy pages: A number of library policies have been updated and policies are now publically available from the Library’s website.

Questions? Library staff are here to help! Feel free to ask any library staff member if you have a question.Visit the Library’s contact us page for additional contact information.

Looking for help with assignments or research? Visit your campus library’s reference desk and a friendly librarian would be happy to help.

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