Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Support from your Library!

We are here to help you!

What is offered?

All our librarians are happy to help you with your research questions. We can help you narrow down your topics, find which databases and resources will be of assistance to you, and much more. Find the librarians at the Reference Desk or in our offices, if you can’t find one, ask Circulation and they’ll make sure you get to a librarian.

Our writing tutors are here to help you with the writing portion of your research! See them in their offices for assistance with thesis statement, organization, focus, clarity, critical thinking, grammar and more! Set up an appointment with them TODAY! For more information on what services and times are provided, check out this page 

As always, if you have any questions about any of this, ASK US!

--Michelle Joy, Distance Learning Librarian

Monday, June 6, 2016

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - What is it?

Interlibrary Loan is when we get books and articles from other libraries because we don’t have what you need. You check it out here as if it were ours and we send it back when you’ve returned it.

This does take some time so make sure you put in a request early enough for it to come through the mail (2-4 weeks is recommended).

Check out our ILL page for more info about it here 

Have questions or issues? Feel free to ask us for help! We’re here to be of assistance!

--Michelle Joy, Distance Learning Librarian

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Open Educational Resources tab

The Open Educational Resources tab has just that—resources that are free and open to the public.

These are available in two ways—gratis and libre.

Gratis is when the research is made available for people to read without paying for it, however they cannot make copies or modify it.
Libre does the same thing, but it gives more rights like creative commons license and people are able to use the work as well as read it.

If you go into the tab and click on the link “Open Educational Resources” you will find similar definitions as above and then listed on the left hand side of the page are 30 different open access resources. These range through all sorts of subjects. Feel free to poke around in them!

Have any questions? Ask Us!! 

--Michelle Joy, Distance Learning Librarian 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Google Scholar vs. Academic Databases

If you have the question “Why can’t I just use Google Scholar?” the answer is “You can, however…” Google Scholar can be very handy. It’s got a layout you’re familiar with, you don’t have to log in, it usually gives you access to part of most things it pulls up.

 Academic Databases make you sign in, so many of them look so different you spend half the time trying to figure out how to search it, and if you forget to mark the full text box you can wind up only getting abstracts.

 So why are Academic Databases better for your research?

Google Scholar almost always makes you pay for full text. The library pays for you to have access to many thousands of articles in the academic databases so you don’t have to, and there are also tons of FREE full text articles.

 Academic databases pull articles and other content from far more sources than Google Scholar does and you can filter them by various different factors, like if it’s been peer reviewed.

Want to read more about this? Here is an article you can find in our databases

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Graduate Faculty Reception

On May 3rd, 2016 the Cannon Memorial Library hosted a Graduate Faculty Reception to help faculty know what all the library could offer. Some faculty have their students use the library but never thought about how it could be used in their own research. The library is here for all the students, faculty, and staff of Saint Leo. Please come make use of it! Available online and in person!
We also hoped that through the reception we could find out what the graduate programs needed as far as resources and perhaps what we had on the shelves that are long out dated and shouldn’t be there anymore. Are you a Graduate Faculty member who didn’t get to make it to our reception? Stop by the library and we’ll be happy to chat with you! Please see Robert Fernandez, Janet Franks, or Michelle Joy. No matter who you are, if there is some resource you think the library needs, let us know! We can’t get everything, but we’d rather get things we know people will use for their research than things that will just stay on the shelves. Please contact us if you have any questions! -- Michelle Joy, Distance Learning Librarian

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Tab! Faculty Instructional Resources

Look on the library home page and you'll see some NEW tabs!
Today we're going to be focusing on the Faculty Instructional Resources tab

Right on the main page is a tutorial video on how to use the databases. The more faculty know how to utilize the databases, the more instruction they can give to students on how to use them.

If you use the Faculty Syllabus and Library Information button you will see a Master Syllabus as well as information about the various libraries and the librarians who work there. Don't be afraid to reach out with questions, suggestions, or comments!

The QEP and Information Literacy button will take you to information about the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards wiki. This aids you in understanding what the library will do for you and your students in regards to information literacy and may provide you with ideas on how you can incorporate it more in your teaching.

Writing Across the Curriculum is a podcast series provided by Dr. Candace Roberts and can be listened to on Windows Media Player after you click on the Writing Across the Curriculum button.
The Open Educational Resources tab will give you information on just that--all of the freely accessible resources available to you and your students. Check that list out! Share it with your students!
Lastly we have the iTeach on demand library instruction button that is not currently working but I will update this blog when it is! Do you have any questions about these resources? Any suggestions for what should be added? Let us know! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Farewell Morning Chat, Hello Ask-A-Librarian

Good morning! Unfortunately, due to lack of use, we have had to stop doing the Morning Chat for the time being. If enough people express an interest in it's return we may try it again.

However, this does not mean you have no chatting functions available to you! Ask-A-Librarian is available almost every single day of the year! Through the link on our library home page, or through www.askalibrarian.org you will be put in touch with a librarian and can chat with them for immediate assistance. There is a phone app for both apple and android devices as well as the web capabilities.

What can you do with Ask-A-Librarian? You can email, chat, or text a librarian in the state of Florida that is able to answer questions as if they worked here. These can be research questions or something as simple as when is the library open. If you want to email a librarian that works here at Saint Leo, you can fill in this form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Do you have any questions about Ask-A-Librarian? Feel free to ask them in the comments below, email us, or use Ask-A-Librarian to ask your question!

Do you have something you'd like covered by the blog? Let us know and we'll do our best to meet all requests!

Have a wonderful day!

- Michelle Joy, Distance Learning Librarian