1. access databases off campus
These databases are licensed for the exclusive use of enrolled Emmanuel College students, College Faculty, and Staff. Remote access is available for most of the Library's subscription databases with an Emmanuel Portal username and password.

For all databases, click on the database title to access the login screen and enter your Emmanuel Portal login information. If you do not know your username and password, first click on "Find My Username" on the login screen. Then once you know your username, click on "Forgot My Password" on the login screen to reset your password.

If you cannot set or reset your password, please notify the Emmanuel College Helpdesk. The Library cannot set or reset passwords.

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2. borrow or renew a book
3. browse the shelves by topic
1. Go to the Library of Congress Classification outline at:
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/lcco.html

2. Click on the general subject area of your topic.

3. Then click on any sub-topic or sub-class within the discipline that most closely relates to your research topic.

4. Note the sub-class number and go to the shelves in the library to browse for books in your area of interest.

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4. cite sources
5. create a permanent or persistent link to a document in selected Library databases
General Information:
A permanent or persistent link (URL) to a document in one of our subscription databases allows a member of the Emmanuel community (enrolled Emmanuel College students, College Faculty, and Staff) to access that document directly (EBSCOhost). In some cases, the URL displayed in the browser is only a temporary link.

Once you have the completed the instructions, you can Paste the link into Blackboard, a Word document, or email. To link to documents from the library’s subscription databases in Blackboard, see Blackboard Vista 8.0.1 Support for Faculty - Creating a Web Link (PDF). 

Instructions for selected databases/database vendors:   

EBSCO databases 
  • Databases include: Academic Search Premier, ATLA Religion Database, Business Source Premier, CINAHL with Full Text, EconLit with Full Text, ERIC: Educational Resources Information Center, European Views of the Americas: 1493–1750, GreenFILE, Humanities International Complete, Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts, Medline through EBSCO interface, Military & Government Collection, PsycArticles, PsychINFO, Regional Business News, and SocIndex with Full Text 
  • Instructions: Go to the detailed record of the document, which is accessed by selecting the document title from the result list. Click on the PermaLink option from the right menu to copy the URL that appears in the pop-up box.    
     
ProQuest Central and ProQuest Newspapers
  • Databases include: ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest), Education Journals (ProQuest), Health and Medical Complete (ProQuest), Historical Newspapers, ProQuest Central, ProQuest Newspapers, Boston Globe (1980–1996), Boston Globe (1997–current), Christian Science Monitor Archive (1908–1996), New York Times Archive, 1851–2007, Wall Street Journal Archive, Wall Street Journal Online (1984–present), and Washington Post Archive (1877–1994) 
  • Instructions: Go to the detailed record of the document, which is accessed by selecting the document title from the result list. Copy the Document URL link given at the bottom of the document.
INFOTRAC/Gale Cengage
  • Databases include: Academic OneFile, Educator's Reference Complete, Expanded Academic ASAP, General OneFile, General Reference Center Gold, and Massachusetts History Online
  • Instructions: Go to the detailed record of the document, which is accessed by selecting the document title from the result list. Select Bookmark this document  from the Tools options on the right and, then, Copy the Bookmark URL.
Please ask a librarian if you require further assistance. 
(617) 735-9927, reference@emmanuel.edu

References

EBSCOhost. (n.d.). EBSCO help - Linking to Information: Persistent Links. Retrieved from http://support.ebsco.com.webadvisor.emmanuel.edu:2048/help/index.php?help_id=86

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6. create a running head in Word 2007 and 2010
For a description of a running head, see the last paragraph of p. 229 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (hereafter Publication Manual), 6th edition. Additionally, note the sample papers on p. 41. The Publication Manual is available for your use at the Reference Desk.

1. Starting with your cursor anywhere on the first sheet of an open Word document, select the Insert tab from the options at the top.
 
2. Click on Header and choose Blank from the resulting drop-down menu.
 
3. Check the Different First Page box in the Options section (which appears in the Design tab).

4. Type the text “Running head:” followed by a space and type the content of your running head in uppercase letters, and then tab over to the end of the line. (If you tab over too far and your cursor falls off the right-hand side of the screen, then use the Backspace until the cursor reappears.)
 
5. Click on Insert and then click on Page Number, which is below the Header and Footer options (Word 2010).  If you are using Word 2007, Page Number can be found to the right of Header.

6. From the drop-down menu of options for the page number, select Current Position and then Plain Number.

7. Double click anywhere in the body of the paper (outside of the header), so that the header area becomes grayed out. Then, scroll down to the top of the second page of your document and click on the Type text” box that appears at the top of the page. (If you do not have any text written in the body of the document, then you should use the Enter key to advance the document until the second page appears.)

8. Type in the content of your running head in uppercase letters. Do not repeat the text “Running head:” after the first page (see the sample paper on p. 41 of the Publication Manual). Next, tab over to the end of the line. (If you tab over too far and your cursor falls off the right-hand side of the screen, then use the Backspace until the cursor reappears.)
 
9. Click on Insert and then click on Page Number, which is below the Header and Footer options (Word 2010).  If you are using Word 2007, Page Number can be found to the right of Header.

10. From the drop-down menu of options for the page number, select Current Position and then Plain Number.

11. Click on Design and then click on Close Header and Footer on the top right of the page.

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7. create company comparison reports using Mergent Online
Creating a comparison report of selected companies by peer group:

1. On the Basic Search screen, go to the Company Search text box on the left and type in the first few letters of the company name or ticker symbol. Click on the appropriate company name that appears in the drop-down menu.

2. On the company page, click on the Report Builder tab on the far right, then on Comparison Reports below the tab menu.

3. Go to the box labeled 1. Peer Group Selection. Define the Peer Group by selecting one of the radio buttons next to scope.

4. Go to the box labeled 2. Select Comparison Report Type. Define the Comparison Report Type by selecting “All Companies” or a revenue-ranked subset from the radio button options.

5. Choose the Report Type to show information listed either by data item or by company.

6. In the box labeled 3. Report Item Selection, choose up to 30 data items in three categories. (To see all the data items, expand the categories by clicking on the “plus button.”) Choose the desired data items by highlighting, then clicking the directional arrow between the text boxes to either add or remove them from the report. Additionally, choose in what orientation to display the years.

7. Finally, in the lower right of the screen, select the display format by clicking on an option from the drop-down menu and click on Create Report.

Creating a comparison report between two companies:

1. On the Basic Search screen, go to the Company Search text box on the left and type in the first few letters of the company name or ticker symbol. Click on the appropriate company name that appears in the drop-down menu.

2. At the top of the company page, to the right of the company name and ticker symbol, click the + to Company Analysis List to add the company to your comparison group. [The page will jump down to the section including My Mergent Tools.]

3. To add a second company to your comparison group, enter the name of the second company in the Change Company text box in the upper right of the page. Click on the appropriate company name in the drop-down menu that appears. Add this company to your company analysis list (using step 2).

4. Click on the My Mergent Tools link on the right side of the page below the company summary and, then, the Company Analysis List from the drop-down menu that appears to display all the companies that you have selected.

5. Select Company Comparison Report at the top of the page.

6. In the 1. Company Listing box, select the companies you want by highlighting them and moving them over to the Company Comparison Report text box with the arrow buttons.

7. Choose the Report Type to show information listed either by data item or by company.

8. In the 2. Report Item Selection box, choose up to 30 data items in three categories. (To see all the data items, expand the categories by clicking on the “plus button.”) Choose the desired data items by highlighting, then clicking the directional arrow between the text boxes to either add or remove them from the report. Additionally, choose in what orientation to display the years.

9. Finally, in the lower right of the screen, select the display format and click on Create Report.

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8. determine a journal's impact factor

Open Access Impact Ranking Systems:

1. SCImago Journal & Country Rank (http://www.scimagojr.com/ )

Contains “journals and scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus database (Elsevier B.V.)”  See the Understand Charts and Tables section of the Help: http://www.scimagojr.com/help.php#understand_journals .

 

2. Eigenfactor: Ranking and Mapping Scientific Knowledge (http://www.eigenfactor.org/)

“A non-commercial academic research project sponsored by the Bergstrom Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington.”  The most recent impact factors are 2009. See the FAQ section for information on the ranking: http://www.eigenfactor.org/faq.php .

 

Determining Times Cited by Other Works:

Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com/)

Search for the number of times specific journal articles and books (and other scholarly works, e.g., theses, conference proceedings, technical reports, etc.) have been cited in subsequent works.


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9. evaluate a resource
Consider the following when choosing resources for your paper:
1. Authorship and Authority (Gibaldi 41-45)
~ Author Credential information:
[Note: In some cases, an organization or corporation may be responsible for a work.]
  • Educational degrees such as PhD, MD, etc.
  • Affiliations such as schools, research facilities or other organizations; and
  • Work experience.
~ Publisher and publication information:
  • Scholarly, refereed or peer reviewed journal articles undergo a higher level of screening by experts in the field prior to being published.
  • Publishers may be associated with educational institutions such as universities or national professional organizations such as American Psychological Association.
2. Accuracy and Verifiability (Gibaldi 41-45)
~ Bias or point of view
  • Look at the author affiliations or publication affiliation for potential sources of bias.
  • Note the wording of the work including the tone.
  • Note how thoroughly the author explores differing opinions.
~ Verifiability
  • Determine if the author has citations backing up any claims within a work.
  • If there is a question concerning the information, see if other sources are claiming the same thing.
3. Currency (Gibaldi 41-45)
  • The date of publication may affect how accurate it is. Certain types of information such as scientific writing have a shorter shelf-life than others. An older article on current trends in heart surgery would not be a credible source. However, an older English literature essay may or may not be a good source.
  • The date of publication may have an affect on point of view or bias. For example, an article on feminism from the 1950s may present a biased account.
Reference:
Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed.
New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003. Print.


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10. evaluate a web site
Always refer to your research paper guidelines since the use of web sites may not be allowed in your class. Your professor should approve any web sites prior to inclusion in a research paper.
Use the 8 questions 1 below to determine whether or not to use a web site.

"NO" answers may indicate that the resource should NOT be used.

  1. Does your professor allow the use of web sites?

     
  2. Is the web site's intended audience and content appropriate for your research?

     
  3. Is an author or corporate author (e.g. American Psychological Association) identified?
    NOTE: URL endings may provide information about the web site owners. Based on Pritchard's Effective Teaching with Internet Technologies, .gov denotes a government web site and .edu is used for educational institution web sites. Although .org is used for non-profit and non-commercial institutions, it is also used for "miscellaneous bodies that do not fit under any of the other top-level domains" (Pritchard, 2007, p. 18).

     
  4. Is the author qualified to present the information?
    a. expertise in the subject area?
    b. appropriate credentials (e.g. degrees, licenses, certifications)?
    c. work related experience?
    d. affiliation with reputable organizations?
    e. published other works on the subject?

     
  5. Is there potential bias?
    DEFINITION OF BIAS: "prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair" (New Oxford American Dictionary, 2005)
    Does the author present the material in an unbiased manner?
    a. Are the author affiliations or publication affiliations potential sources of bias?
    b. Does the author's tone indicate a bias towards a particular point of view?
    c. Does the author thoroughly explore differing points of view?

    Does the sponsor or web site owner present material objectively?
    a. Does the web site exclude advertisements or pop-up ads?
    b. Does the web site owner present multiple points of view?
    c. Does the web site have a clearly stated purpose or scope? (e.g. there is no hidden agenda)

     
  6. Is the web site content accurate or verifiable?
    a. Is the web site owner identified and is there contact information?
    b. Is the information consistent with other resources such as peer-reviewed articles?
    c. Does the web site have references and citations allowing you to verify the information?

     
  7. Is the information current? NOTE: The definition of currency depends on the subject you are studying.
    a. Is the date of last revision listed and current?
    b. Does the web site list current topics and events (e.g. news and calendar)?
    c. Is the web site well maintained (e.g. free of broken links)?

     
  8. Is the web site durable; will it be around in a few months?
     
To help you find credible resources, including web sites, the Emmanuel College Library has created Research Guides. These subject specific guides list print, database, and internet resources chosen and evaluated by the library staff.

1 These questions were based on the evaluating resources sections in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Modern Language Association, 2009, 33-38) and 100% Information Literacy Success (Taylor, Arth, Solomon, & Williamson, 2007, 101-139).

References

McKean, E. (Ed.). (2005). The new Oxford American dictionary (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Modern Language Association. (2009). MLA handbook for writers of research papers (7th ed.). New York: Modern Language Association of America.

Pritchard, A. (2007). Effective teaching with Internet technologies. California: Paul Chapman Publishing.

Taylor, T., Arth, J., Solomon, A. & Williamson, N. (2007). 100% information literacy success. Clifton Park: Thomson Delmar Learning.

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11. find a Datamonitor Report and/or a SWOT Analysis
SWOT [Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats] analyses are found within Datamonitor Reports.
Note: Not all Datamonitor Reports include a SWOT analysis.
  • From the Library home page, select the Finding Articles link.
  • Scroll down and select Business Source Premier from the database list.
  • Once in Business Source Premier, select Company Profiles at the top of the page.
  • To find a company:
    • Browse the company A to Z list; or
    • Search for the company by entering the company name in the text box, selecting the Match any word option, and clicking Browse.
  • If available, a SWOT analysis will be listed in the Datamonitor Report's table of contents.
  • To print, click the printer icon located in the upper left corner of the report page. Do not use the browser print function.
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12. find a book on the shelf (read a Library of Congress Call Number)
Library of Congress (LC) classification system, which is used by most academic libraries, classifies items by broad subject category and then by sub categories. Each item is assigned a unique call number based on how an item is classified, which determines where it will be shelved.
 
On an item label,
the call number is arranged vertically.
In the online catalog,
call numbers are arranged horizontally.


REF

PB
35
.W7
1984


PB35 .W7 1984

available, Emmanuel Reference

  
Note: Be sure to watch for any special Location given in the online catalog such as Reference (REF) or Leisure. On the item label, it is ABOVE the call number, usually abbreviated. In the online catalog, Location: Emmanuel Main Stacks means the circulating collection.
 
Example of call number order (these call numbers do not reflect actual books in the collection):

 
P
106
.B59
PA
4037
.A6
PB
35.2
.W75
1984
PB
35.2
.W75
1999
PB
2114
.J32
PB
2114
.K537
PB
2114.353
.M35
PB
2114.4
.D56
 
As you scan the shelves for a book, read each line of the call number:
 

REF

 

Note any special Location

PB

 

Read the first line in alphabetical order. (e.g., P before PA before PN before R)

35.2

 

Read the second line as a whole number in numerical order. (e.g., 2114.353 before 2114.4)

.W75

 

Read the third (and possibly fourth) line:
~ the letters alphabetically. (e.g. .J32 before .K537)
~ the numbers as decimals in numerical order. (e.g., .537 before .54)
HINT: add zero(s) to make numbers of equal length, i.e., .54 is read as .540.

1999

 

Read any dates chronologically. (e.g., 1984 before 1999)



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13. find articles using the Library's online databases
Use the Research Guides link on the library home page to identify subject-specific databases (e.g. Science Direct  and Business Source Premier).  Use the Finding Articles link to access an alphabetical list of databases.

Hint: If you are not sure which subject-specific databases to choose, begin with a multidisciplinary database. Access these databases by choosing the first option on the Research by Subject guide, Multidisciplinary Databases.

Basic database searching:
Enter your search in the text boxes using Boolean operators.
 
Boolean
Operator
PurposeSpecial Considerations
ANDNarrows your search to materials that contain both search terms entered.Adding another search term further narrows the search.
ORBroadens the search by retrieving materials that contain at least one of the entered search terms. Put OR between alternative terms for a concept.Put parentheses around the alternative words in a search string.
NOTLimits the search by excluding all terms following it and is placed at the end of a search string.Use NOT sparingly since it may eliminate materials that could be useful
 
Example of a search string to find information on high school science education in the United States:
(secondary OR “high school”) AND science AND (education OR curriculum)
* Note: Use quotation marks around phrases.

2. As you enter your terms, some databases allow you to choose the search fields that the terms will be found, such as title, author, or subject.
 
3. Use the limiting options to help focus the search. The peer-reviewed option limits the results to articles screened by experts in a field prior to inclusion in the journal. (Search limits may only be available on the Advanced Search screens.)

To view a sample search and the results in the multidisciplinary database, Academic Search Premier, click here.

See also,
How do I access the databases off campus?


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14. find full text of an article from a citation
• Search for the journal title in the Full-Text Finder.

       • In the Full-Text Finder results list, check that the available dates for full text include the date of your article citation.

• Remember to go through the Emmanuel College Library web site for free full-text access. DO NOT GOOGLE the journal or article title, since that will direct you to the publishers' web sites and you will be prompted to pay for access to the article. The College pays for access to more than 2,000 journals, but you must use the Library web site. For off-campus access, enter your Emmanuel Portal login when prompted.

• If full text is not available, place an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for the article.  An ILL request may take 2-3 weeks to fill depending on the availability of the item.


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15. find literary criticism

Click here to access the Research Guide: Literary Criticism.

16. find peer-reviewed articles
A peer-reviewed article is reviewed and evaluated by experts in the field who make "recommendations concerning acceptance or rejection, and revision of the article" prior to being selected by the journal editor for publication (Peek & Newby, 1996, 110).*

When searching the Library's subscription databases, read the database descriptions to determine if it contains only peer-reviewed materials (e.g. Science Direct).

If a database contains both peer-reviewed and popular articles, choose the peer-reviewed limit to retrieve only peer-reviewed articles. The peer-reviewed search limit may only be available on the Advanced Search screens.(See an example of limiting to peer reviewed articles in Academic Search Premier)

*Peek, R.P., & Newby, G.B. (Eds.) (1996). Scholarly publishing: The electronic frontier.
 Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

(See also How do you find articles using the online databases?.)


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17. handle browser security warnings

If your browser displays a security warning when accessing an Emmanuel database:

Internet Explorer:
If you see There is a problem with this website’s security certification with a red shield and an “X,” click on Continue to this website (not recommended).

Mozilla Firefox:
If you see Security Connection Failed with a yellow and black figure:
1. Click OK on the alert pop-up.
2. Click “or you can add an exception.
3. Click Add Exception. An Add Security Exception pop-up window will appear.
4. Click Get Exception and, then, Confirm Security Exception.
Note:If an error page appears, repeat the process.
 
Google Chrome:
If you see This is probably not the site you are looking for!, click on  proceed anyway.

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18. obtain alumni privileges
19. pay an overdue/lost book fine
20. place items on course reserves
21. request a book/article
22. research a company
Click here to access PRIME: Premier Resources in Management and Economics: Company Information, a guide to researching various types of company information using print, database, and Internet resources. This guide was prepared and is updated by the Emmanuel College library staff.
23. research a country
Click here to access PRIME: Premier Resources in Management and Economics: Country Information, a guide to researching various types of country information using print, database, and Internet resources. This guide was prepared and is updated by the Emmanuel College library staff.
24. research an industry
Click here to access PRIME: Premier Resources in Management and Economics: Industry Information, a guide to researching various types of industry information using print, database, and Internet resources. This guide was prepared and is updated by the Emmanuel College library staff.
25. reserve media equipment
26. search for course reserves
Click here to search for reserves using the Library's Online Catalog.
27. use the online catalog to find a book
Use the Online Catalog to access records of books at Emmanuel College and at the other Fenway Library Online (FLO) libraries.

Types of Searches
1. Basic Search for Title or Author Searches
  • To search by Title, enter the title in the search box omitting the leading article (A, An, The) and select Title from the field options.
  • To search by Author, enter the author’s last name followed by the author’s first in the search box and select Author (last name first) from the field options.
2. Advanced Search for Keyword Searches
  • Enter search terms in the search boxes and select from the options of any of these, all of these, or as a phrase.
  • Note that this searches for the words in the Title, Author, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and notes of item record.
  • Between the search boxes, use the Boolean Operators of AND, OR, NOT.

    AND: Both must be present. This is the default setting for the Online Catalog. For example, (women AND suffrage) finds items that contain both terms.

    OR: Either or both may be present. For example, (women OR female) finds items that contain either word.

    NOT: Omits any items in the search box. For example, (women NOT suffrage) finds items containing the word women but not the word suffrage.
     
See also the Other Libraries web page on the library web site.

Related FAQs:


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