The Library is pleased to announce that it will be offering online research help during the 2013/2014 academic year, as part of a pilot project funded by the Office of Research and Funded Projects through a grant from the University Committee on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity.
Starting August 22nd, you will see a new option in the library home page side bar which says "Get Research Help!"
During regular business hours, you can type your name and question into the box, and click "Chat!" to receive live help from one of our reference librarians.
Even when we're not available, this box will allow you to ask any questions you may have online, quickly and easily, and to see a list of common answers--or to get an individual answer if the question you have has never been asked before.
In the next week or so, we will also be rolling out a tool which will allow students to check out study rooms through the library's website.
We hope these new resources are as helpful to our users as they are exciting to us, and ask that you please pardon any hiccups as we transition to this new stage in our quest to make library patrons' use of our materials easier and easier.
Last week a few librarians attended the iPad learning
session, IPAD Basics and Course Application, hosted by the CSUDH Faculty
Development Center along with Title V and Instructional Technology. The session
was quite informative as we learned how to make a movie using the iMovie app
and link our iPad screens to classroom laptops so the tablet screen can be displayed
on class projectors (Doceri and Reflector apps). Other apps presented, or shared by attendees,
included Notability, Good Reader, and CloudOn, along with those that keep track
of our ever growing collection of online resources and documents such as
Evernote or Dropbox. These apps allow students
and professors to easily integrate iPad features into course presentations or
iPads and other tablets are increasingly becoming more
visible here at the University Library.
Students often have them out on desktops as they also work on their laptops
or Library PCs. Not only are tablets
out, but smartphones are plugged in and calculators are visible. As tablets become more common students will quickly
discover the use and relevance of the many apps available. To stay abreast of the literature on using
iPads in the academic environment, be sure to search our Library databases for
recent journal articles. Use the
Articles & E-Resources tab at the top of the search box on the Library homepage,
inputting keywords such as iPad, teaching, faculty, or student to quickly get
to relevant articles. The infographic shown below provides an interesting synopsis on today's use of tablets.
As students continue to interact with mobile and digital
technology the University Library is working to expand access to digital
materials. Through the Affordable
Learning Initiative of the Chancellor’s Office, the Library now has access to
more than 150,000 eBooks accessible through EBSCOhost, Safari Books Online,
and ebrary. Many of these books are used as textbooks. Students can not only read these materials on their desktop or laptop, but many can be downloaded
to an iPad and a number of dedicated e-readers.
And, to allow students to explore the many possibilities inherent
in the applications of an iPad, the Library now loans out 30 iPad 2s for
student use. More information on the
checkout program can be found here.
Please feel free to post your comments on which iPad apps you find useful! Let's start a conversation about what is working for you!
“Research is so frustrating!” “I get thousands of hits when I search
Google, but nothing is appropriate for my class assignment.” “Can you help me find some scholarly journal
Librarians have noticed that studious TOROS are well into their search for scholarly resources for course assignments. Other than the friendly, personalized assistance you can find by speaking
with a reference librarian, there are a number of available online research
guides that can help TOROS easily navigate the research process.
The guides have been developed by CSUDH librarians over the years
and are either general subject guides or are specific to course sections. Guides cover a variety of topics including -
how to find a book in the library catalog
how to find scholarly articles
how to evaluate web sites
understanding plagiarism and citing sources, and
tips and techniques for database
Feel free to take a look at a
number of different guides to find the information you need.
To find the guides, click on the link to Online Research
Guides, found about ½ way down on the Library home page within the Research & Scholarly Assistance section. Once
on thepage, you can select from General Subject Guides or Course Specific
Guides by Department.
TOROS have spoken and the University Library has responded
with longer hours for the Winter and Spring sessions. Starting January 22, 2013 the library will
remain open until 11:00 pm Monday through Thursday. The 5:00 closing time will stay the same for
Fridays and Saturdays. We encourage you
to take advantage of this extra time to get research papers and homework
assignments completed during the quiet evening and night time hours. The first three weeks in January the Library will keep daytime hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday with a 9 am opening on Saturdays. The Library is closed on Sundays and will be closed on Monday, the 21st in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday.