Research and Resources

Where’s the librarian?

We don’t have “Librarian on Duty” hours Fri Oct 21 through Tues Oct 25 because of midterm recess. But we’re still around! The go/askus page tells you how to find us:

  • During regular hours, the best thing to do is to call x5496. That number rings in all librarian offices, and one of us should be available to help on the phone or in person.
  • At any hour, you also can use to the go/askalibrarian form, which sends an email to all librarians.

Please encourage all researchers to use the phone and form, too!

SciFinder Scholar – How to create an account

Hi Armstrong Students,

It’s SciFinder season!  Chem  students just received training in SciFinder Scholar, and to use it they’ll need to create their own account.  Here’s what to tell them when (not “if” but “when”!) they ask:

  1. Go to the Chemistry Research Guide (go/chemguide).
  2. In the “SciFinder Scholar” description, look for the link to “create an account.”
  3. After the student has an account, s/he will use the “SciFinder Scholar” link to log in and do research.

Librarians back on duty!

The red sign is back!  As always, whenever someone has a research question, please don’t hesitate to refer them to a librarian.  At any time!  Here’s how:

Give us a call at x5496.  Whoever is available will be glad to come out and help. Alternatively, you could walk the person to our offices (LIB 205-211) and “interrupt” any of us (p.s. it’s not interrupting! it’s our job!).

On weekday and Sunday afternoons, and Sunday-Wednesday evenings, one of us is always on duty.  Look for the red “Librarian on duty” sign to find out who it is.

If ever it seems like no one is around, have the person write to us in the go/askalibrarian form.  Even when we’re not in the library, we’re often on email.  Hours and information about how to reach us is at go/askus.  Also, some good “getting started” advice is here:  Find Books, Articles and More.

Where’s a Librarian?

We don’t have “Librarian on Duty” hours during intersession because we receive so few questions. But we’re still around! The go/askus page tells you how to find us:

  • During regular hours, the best thing to do is to call x5496. That number rings in all librarian offices, and one of us should be available to help on the phone or in person.
  • At any hour, you also can use to the go/askalibrarian form, which sends an email to all librarians.

Please encourage all researchers to use the phone and form, too!

New York Times

The New York Times recently announced that it will start charging for online content.  If you haven’t been asked about it yet, you probably will be soon!  Our researchers want to know if the library has a subscription.  Read these two blog posts so you’ll be ready for them.

We Have Your New York Times

More on the New York Times

JAMA password

(That’s short for “Journal of the American Medical Association” and it sort-of rhymes with what one wears at bedtime.)

This is one of the few titles that requires a special password for online access.  The MIDCAT record tells you what to do to get it:  call the Reference Desk at x5496.

Remember that in most cases, when someone asks for a password for an online journal, you should tell them they probably will need nothing more than their Middlebury username and password.  The trick is that they need to use the link for the journal that’s in our Journals A-Z list (go/journals), not just any link they find on Google.

Web of Science? Scopus!

You might have noticed a few “Like Web of Science?” table tents around Armstrong.  We have a trial subscription to a database called Scopus, and if we like better than Web of Science then we might switch.  In case anyone asks, they can send feedback to me (Carrie Macfarlane, cmacfarl@middlebury.edu).  Here’s some info about the trial.

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Reminder: Reference Training

I’m hoping to see lots of circ staff and students tomorrow afternoon at the Ref Training Session!  Note the time change:  3:30 -4:30 (instead of 3-4).

Please review Research-How to Help in advance.  Whether or not you’re able to attend the session, I think you’ll find this document is useful not only for your work at the desk but also for your own research projects.

Ref Training
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
3:30-4:30 pm
Lib 145 (Davis Family Library)

Reference training session

Carrie will be offering a reference training session for any interested circ staff or students on Friday, June 18th from 1:30-2:30 in LIB 105.  Learn what to do when someone asks you a research question.   Saying, “Sorry, I have NO idea how to help you find that article” is no fun.

If you plan to attend, please review Research – How to Help in advance. Carrie will work through a few practice questions with you during the session.

Even if you don’t plan to attend, you should review Research – How to Help!