North Star Library Newsletter

The October Dulaney-Browne Library North Star Newsletter is now available. It includes updates on the library hours for fall break, an article on what librarians do, and an invitation to attend a workshop on a new research tool, WorldCat Local that we will be offering on Tuesday, October 9th at 3:00 p.m. as well as the regular articles on new books and the Sudoku puzzle.

The Library in Desire 2 Learn

All D2L courses include a “Library Widget” allowing users to search the library catalog (books, online books, scores…), EBSCOhost (journal articles), the Oxford English Dictionary (definitions and usage), JSTOR (older scholarly journal articles), Project MUSE (humanities and social science scholarly journal articles) with the click of a mouse. More options are included in additional tabs, including live chat reference help. A specialized widget is available for nursing courses and many of the information literacy library guides are available as modules that can be included in D2L courses.

Assistance and Instruction

Librarians are available to help with your research projects. We can visit with a whole class, provide a hands on workshop in our computer lab, or meet with students and faculty individually. Library faculty members are available for walk-in, telephone, email, internet chat, and text message interactions Monday through Thursday 9 am to 9 pm and Fridays 9 am to 5 pm. You can also use any of those methods to set up an appointment for detailed assistance.

Database of the Month

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses bills itself as “the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1861 to the present day and offering full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997.” It is a great source for those seeking dissertations and theses specifically and is also useful to those who need detailed information on research methods related to studies. Dissertations are capstone projects for students seeking doctoral degrees and report on original research conducted under the mentorship of senior scholars. The subscription cost to ProQuest Dissertations and Theses is shared between the Dulaney-Browne Library and the Law Library and patrons downloaded 1415 full text dissertations in the first year it was available.