Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What can you ask?

We often promote the idea that we are here to help, that there are lots of ways to ask us questions. Just to give an idea of what kinds of questions we get, here is a random sample. As you can see, it is quite a range, if you have a question concerning the library, library resources etc., just ask!

  • Do you have a book that is supposed to be on reserve?
  • Help with a social policy assignment?
  • I need books about improve theater...
  • Who is in charge of library journal subscriptions?
  • How do you work the microfilm printer?
  • Did anyone find a lost flash drive?
  • I need peer reviewed journal articles on title 8 and housing.
  • Do you have the text book for my class?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Articles from way back

Looking for articles from years ago? Perhaps articles from popular magazines and newspapers in the 1960s about the Cuban Missile crisis, or from the 1930s about the Great Depression, that sort of thing?

Some of this is online nowadays, for example we have the NY Times Historical database, which has all the NY Times 1850s to 2010. The NY Historic Newspapers site has lots of local papers online. But sometimes you have to go old school, look at an index like the Readers Guide, go downstairs and use the microfilm...

Our guide to Primary Sources should help with this, and be sure to ask for help if you need it.
Shown here is a slide from a Drake Library instructional slide show of 1971!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Monday, February 09, 2015

Reading for fun

This blogger had been working for a couple of hours on an article, and wishing to take a break from staring at the computer monitor to a walk about the library. On the top floor he encountered a student who seemed a bit lost, and asked if she needed help. She replied that she was looking for books to read for fun, but wasn't sure where to look.

The answer he gave her was that in part it depended on what one finds fun, but that our fiction collection was straight ahead, and then downstairs in the area opposite the cafe we have a leisure reading paperback collection.

Do take a break sometime and just wander the top floor for fun. Walk through the E185 section and see something of what we have to offer on African American history. Try something outside your major, if you're an English major and often use the PS area, take a look around in the ML section where our music books are. Do a little armchair travel, walk through the DS section and look at some of the old travel books on the Middle East, the possibilities are endless. Pick up a few books to read just for your own personal pleasure!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

How to guides

We have a slew of how to guides covering a wide range of subjects and disciplines. The most common are on our web page, the "Research guides by subject" drop down on the right above the center search box. If you don't see one that seems to work for you, try clicking on the left column link to "Research Guides." There are lots more there!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Where's that book?

Wondering if the library has a book you need? We may well have it, we have a large collection, but it's best to check first. It's easy to do!

  • Go to our web page
  • Enter the words of your title or author, whatever you have, in the search box in the middle of the page.
  • A screen will launch with a list of results; some will be books, some will be articles etc. You can limit to just books by clicking on the books link on the left hand column.
  • If you aren't sure about what you're seeing, just ask one of us!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Books booksellers read

Here's an interesting angle on reading from AbeBooks, the big online used and rare book site; what books are booksellers reading these days? Some great ideas for your leisure reading!