Technology Tidbits

Tech Gear so basic?

Meriam Library now has technology equipment for loan. Most equipment circulates for 3 days or 4 hours.

Here a partial list:

Computer & Accessories

  • Laptops
  •  Apple Superdrive
  • ASUS ChromeBit
  • Brother portable color scanner
  • Raspberry Pi 2

Tablets

  • Intuos creative art tablet
  • Intuos professional art tablet

Video Equipment

Research and Subject Guides Updated

The Meriam Library is in the process of updating and modernizing our Research and Subject guides - the popular subject, course, and topic guides created by librarians and staff at the Meriam Library. These guides help patrons locate articles, books, and other research as well as assist in evaluating information, assessing research credibility, and citing. The transfer from the old guides to the new guides will happen on Thursday, January 21st.

New Catalog Search Options

The Meriam Library recently completed a project to “re-scope” our collection. What this means is that by using the dropdown menu to the right of the search box in the Library Catalog, the patron can now easily limit their searches to a variety of online materials such as eBooks, eReference, eMedia, and eGovDocs.

Whether you are a distance education student, or a student or faculty member working from home,  the ability to limit your search to what is immediately available to you can simplify, streamline, and improve your search experience.

Article Quick Search vs Google

At the top of the new Library ReSEARCH Station you will see a banner that reads Need To Find An Article On Your Topic? The box below is our new Article Quick Search. Type your keywords into the box and retrieve articles from over eighteen different EBSCO databases. Results are sorted by relevance but you can easily resort by date or limit to academic journals. It's quick, it's easy, and the full text is free! Try it and tell us what you think. Posted by Sarah Blakeslee

Staying Alert Without Caffeine

Would you like to keep up to date with journals and articles in your areas of interest? The Meriam Library subscribes to a number of indexes and databases that offer electronic alert services.

Many different types of alert services are available including:

Table of contents alerts: Table of contents alerts are email updates of the table of contents of the current issues of the journals you specify.

A New Way To Search The Library Databases

The Library is pleased to introduce Multi-SEARCH, a new tool that helps you save time by searching multiple databases simultaneously. The top 30 results from each database are merged into one list and displayed by relevance. The same full text linking features you have enjoyed in our individual databases are integrated into Multi-SEARCH allowing you to either directly access the html or PDF full text, or use Find It, the SFX technology to display other options for full-text retrieval.

Do Scholars Let Scholars Use Google Scholar?

Librarians and faculty like to bemoan the fact that students use Google for their research. Who are we kidding? We all use Google if we can get away with it. It's easy and intuitive and more often than not we get fast results that, if not perfect, "will do". But, as seasoned researchers, we also know that when we are looking for scholarly articles we need to use the library's commercial databases, right? Not necessarily.