Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Citation information, it's all right there...

Sometimes when trying to put their paper into proper APA (or MLA etc.) style, people are unsure  about where all the information they need to cite articles is located, the author name, title of the journal and so forth. It should all be there in your printout of the article, or in the online article database. For example in one of the most commonly used, Academic Search Complete, when you click on an article in your list of results, it will give you all the information you need: it will first the authors, then by the heading "source," it will give you the name of the journal etc. Of course, if you aren't sure about any of this, you are welcome to ask one of us for help.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

We have more than one...

More than one article database that is. The basic search on our home page is great as a starter, it searches most everything we have, but sometimes you want to be in a specific database, to enhance your focus, and to be able to take advantage of all the options it has. Our articles and databases page has all of these databases listed for you. Here are some examples of more specific, and specialized databases we have:

Monday, October 06, 2014

Tech tools check out

While the library has several hundred thousand books available in print and online, and even more journal articles, we also have some other things you can check out and use. For example, we have a whole collection of tech tools. Among them are the following, and there are others too:

  • iPad (3rd Generation)
  •  Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera
  •  VuPoint Magic Wand Scanner

Monday, September 29, 2014

Research guides: don't start without them!

On our home page are a couple of links to our library research guides. These guides will help you find all the appropriate resources for your research. For example, need company information, want to compare industry averages? See our business guide. Or maybe you are researching some aspect of diversity, and want to get statistics on some different populations; have a look at our diversity guide. Give our guides a chance to lead you to the most effective, appropriate information resources for your work!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Country Information

Sometimes people need to research a particular country, or compare two countries, or look at a region of a country. We have many books and articles available about different parts of the world, you can search them on our web page. Another handy site is our research guide to country information, which suggests not only article and book sites, but a number of helpful reference or background sites, including for example:

  • Background Notes, from the US Department of State. Excellent, informative and up to date entries on different countries, relevant statistics...
  • Countries and Their Cultures, a great online encyclopedia.
  • Europa World Yearbook. This is a print set in the reference collection on the main floor, REF JN1 .E85, 1959-date. It may not be online but it is up to date, and has solid scholarly and informative entries on the history, politics, economy and so forth for each country.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Story of the library banners

Some of you may have wondered what the banners that hang in the entrance to the library are, what the story is behind them. It is quite an interesting tale actually, going back many years. Before Hartwell Hall was built, there was another building that stood in the same location, which housed the Normal school, as we were called then. (A Normal school was a teacher training institution.) In that building, along the main corridor, were a number of stained glass windows that had been given to the school by different graduating classes and student groups, mostly between 1910 and 1930.

In the late 1930s the old building complex was torn down and replaced by Hartwell Hall. The stained glass windows were not used in the new building, but were crated up and stored. Many years later around 1970 a grad student doing research for a history professor ran across the crates, and the history professor, Wayne Dedman, got them moved to the library, where they are on display now in the Kiefer Room. The banners that hang in the main entry way were made from photos of the windows a few years ago.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Early PC days at Drake

Back in the early '90s we didn't have all the computers we have now, and we didn't have the Internet in the same way. Pictured here is our first PC "cluster." The PCs were very primitive by today's standards, and were not connected to the Internet. Instead they ran one or more CD ROM databases. This set up was housed next to the center stairs on the main floor by the reference book stacks.

 One database we had for example was called Academic Abstracts that had articles from a small number of journals, and didn't cover many years at all. It wasn't until early 1996 that we had a PC or two on the floor connected to the Internet, which had just become enhanced by the advent of the WWW. Before that we had two "dumb terminals" to search the Internet; they connected to the Prime mainframe and you could search "Archie" or "Veronica," which were "gopher" index tools. It was early days indeed!