Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Database Spotlight: A-Z List of E-Resources

Do you ever find yourself searching multiple databases for a specific article and still coming up empty? 

If so, A-Z List of E-Resources is exactly what you need to identify which databases possess your article!

A-Z List of E-Resources is a searchable index of electronic journals, magazines, and newspapers available online in Saint Leo University Library Databases.

With the A-Z List of E-Resources, you can:
  •      Search by the article citation
  •      Explore all issues within a specific journal 
  •      Locate all journals with particular keywords
  •      Browse through all of the journals

Do you know the article title, but not the citation? Just do a Google search on the title to retrieve the article and citation. Remember: You must use the library’s databases to access the articles for free!

Assignment: Your professor wants to locate the following article:

Early childhood pre-service teachers' response to mobile technology: creative projects, analysis, and reflection on learning experiences. (2013). Education, 134(2), 161-166.

    1. Search by journal title or partial title 
    2. Browse all journal titles
  • Just type in your topic - locate the journal, then the databases it is located within.

  • Click on one of the databases to open up the journal.  From there, you will see a list of years which hold all of the issues published for those dates.

  • Click on the year to open up all of the volumes/issues and click on the one that is listed in your citation.

  • Once you do that, you will see all of the articles published within that issue.  The article for the assignment is the third article down.  VoilĂ  – you found your article without having to search through multiple databases!

It's as simple as that. If you need any further assistance with the A-Z List of E-Resources or any other type of research question, contact the reference desk.

- Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Scott Cairns Poetry Reading

Don't miss this fantastic event!  

The Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library presents a Poetry Reading with Scott Cairns.  It will be held on Thursday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Teco Hall, School of Business Building.

Scott Cairns will be reading selected poems from Idiot Psalms along with selections from previous works.

Also, make sure to head on over to the Campus Bookstore to purchase a copy of one of Scott Cairns' books.

While this is a wonderful opportunity that you should not miss, if you cannot make it, be sure to check digital commons for the recorded video that will be uploaded shortly after the reading.

For more information, contact Carol Ann Moon at (352) 588-8261 or carol.moon@saintleo.edu.

"He strives to embody sacramental experience in his poetry. ..., he continues to reward his readers." - Brian Volck, The Christian Century

- Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Getting Started with Research

Do you ever have trouble getting started with your research paper?  If so, check out this Infographic on how to begin.  It breaks down the four initial research steps and provides examples for each.


Hopefully this infographic helps you to understand how to start your research paper; however, if you have any questions, contact a librarian at the reference desk or ask a question through LibAnswers.

- Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Help is Here!

Have you ever thought to yourself... 
  • I need reference assistance; however, it is after the hours that the reference desk is open. What should I do? 
  • How do I use the library catalog to locate books or the databases to locate an article? 
  • What resources are within the library on a specific subject or class?
If so, click on one of our reference assistance tools to help you: 

Locate resources on a particular topic - books, articles, websites, videos, etc.
  • Broad subjects / majors
  • Specific courses
  • Directional assistance on library services

Get the answers to your questions.
  • Search your question – it may already be answered 
  • Ask a question – get it answered by a Cannon Memorial librarian 

Don't waste time searching all over for an answer; ask a skilled librarian for targeted results.
  • Answered by Cannon Memorial librarian
  • Answered by a Florida Statewide librarian

View how to maneuver throughout services and resources.
  • Library catalog
  • Databases
  • E-books
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Writing help

Help comes in many forms. Remember to use all of the reference tools available for additional support. You will find each of them on the library website.

-Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Monday, September 15, 2014

New E-Books Have Arrived!

Access to reading and researching is getting even easier at the Cannon Memorial Library as more e-books were recently added to the catalog!

In order to enjoy one of the e-books listed below, click on an image to direct yourself to the book with the catalog. From there, just open the e-book up and enjoy!

Theresa Whitehead - Distance Learning Librarian

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Look for the Ebrary Database

The ebrary database underwent a recent makeover, and the result is a simpler, streamlined appearance.  However, the appearance is not the only thing that changed.  They also added features that allow for greater retrieval.  

Some advantages include:
  • Better intuitive detection functions which increase discovery
  • Higher text quality and display options for better readability
  • More focused on key tasks such as copy, print, download, and in-book searches
Upon first glance, you may feel that nothing has changed; however, once you click on a specific book title you will open up all of the transformations!

The new design allows you to easily read your book online or download for offline reading, add to your bookshelf to read at another time, as well as cite the book within multiple citation styles. 

Once in the book, you can easily search within the text, create annotations, copy passages, print pages, and highlight important terms.

Now you know about some of the many new features that the new ebrary database offers, check it out to see if they have a book for you.  Whether it is for leisurely reading or a research paper, ebrary may have the very book you need as it offers over 144,000 ebook titles within a variety of subjects.

What should you do if you can’t find any books that meet your needs within ebrary?  Then take a look at one of the other ebook databases or search the library catalog.  You also can contact the reference desk and ask a reference librarian for help locating the item that you need.

-Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Compare and Contrast with FindTheBest.com

Do you need to write a research paper where you need to compare and contrast different elements within such topics as religion or art?  If so, FindTheBest.com is a great place to start your research!  It is a vast website where you can analyze the similarities and differences within a variety of subjects.

On the site, you can type in a search for a specific topic or browse through the different categories.  For example, if you want to compare Protestantism with Catholicism, you can type “religions” in the search bar to see a list of all the religions.  From there, you click on which religions you want to compare and then click “compare now” to see a side-by-side description of the two religions.

Or, let’s say that you say that you want to compare portrait paintings completed by Leonardo da Vinci during the end of the 15th Century.  Under the Browsing section, click on Educational Resources under the References tab and locate European Art.  Within the European Art subdivision, type in the artist’s name, and then click on the intended time period, form, and genre.  From there, you will see all his portrait paintings that he completed during those dates.  Then, just click on which ones that you want to compare.

Once you get the initial comparisons from FindTheBest, don’t stop there!  Make sure to go to the LibraryWebsite to search for related information.  Search for a book (print or electronic) within the catalog and a scholarly article within the databases.   Books and scholarly journals are important as they support the original comparison found on FindTheBest.com with scholarly information needed for your research paper.

-Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Electronic Books Added to the Collection

Do you need an electronic book for a research paper or leisurely reading?  Cannon Memorial Library recently added a variety of new electronic books to their collection.  If you see one that you want to read, just click on the book image in order to directly link to that book within the library catalog.  You can then open the book and read it on your computer online or download it for later viewing.

If you do not see an electronic book of interest, take a look at the library catalog as we may already have what you are looking for.  Stay tuned as we are continually adding exciting new electronic books to our collection.  






-Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian