Do you remember a Research and Instruction Librarian coming in to your English 113 or FYS class? Or maybe it was Chemistry or Political Science. Your interactions don’t have to end in the classroom. Our R&I Librarians are available right here in the library in a variety of ways.
You can schedule an appointment individually or with a small group. This is a great way to get started on a project, narrow your topic, and receive advanced, personalized research help. Often these will result in follow-up interactions as your research evolves.
Stop in at the Research Help Desk! It is always staffed with a trained student. Also, even if they aren’t sitting at the desk, our librarians are available Monday-Friday 8am- 5pm (except for the lunch hour) as well as Monday -Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm and Sundays from 1pm-4pm. Our student assistants would be happy to connect you with one.
Short on time? Simply send an email and receive a prompt reply from a librarian. You can also chat with the Research Help Desk staff while the library is open.
Doing great library research is a journey, with many wrong turns and some truly great eureka moments. Following are 3 great library research tools that can make your research journey less tedious, quicker, easier to track, and maybe even a little fun:
An open-source citation management system, this is a tool to never leave home without. It allows you to save citations, PDFs, and websites with the click of a button. Citations can then be formatted in thousands of formats and integrated into both Google Docs and Microsoft Word. Zotero also supports group research and sharing.
A mighty toolbar for both Firefox and Chrome, LibX enables users to search library resources without ever leaving the webpage they are on. As a bonus, LibX will authenticate you if you are off-campus with a simple right-click on your mouse.
Want to know what the top journals are in your discipline? Need to be notified when the latest issue of Cell comes out? Love that your top journals are all available electronically but still want to arrange them on a bookcase? For all these reasons and more, BrowZine is a top choice for browsing/reading the journal literature.
What’s your favorite research tool? Please let us know in the comments or Tweet us @vanwylenlibrary!
To better support Hope College’s science programs, librarians at Van Wylen Library are excited to announce that Hope students, faculty, and staff now have access to the journal archives of more than 280 titles in the life sciences through the JSTOR Life Sciences Collection.
Notable titles include:
Disciplines covered include aquatic science, botany, developmental & cell biology, ecology, paleontology, and zoology.
Keeping up with the journal literature in your field just got a whole lot easier. Van Wylen now offers two solutions for staying current.
JournalTOCS is a current awareness service that enables users to create personalized lists of journals to view their latest tables of contents. By signing up for an account with your 1Hope email address, you will be able to build a personal list of journals for which you would like to see the latest tables of contents (either by searching by journal title, ISSN, or subject). You can view the tables of contents within your JournalTOCs account, receive alerts in your email, or read them in an RSS reader as soon as they’re published electronically. In addition to Van Wylen Library’s full-text journals, you can also view titles and tables of contents for the over 21,000 journals in the JournalTOCs system. If Van Wylen doesn’t subscribe to a particular title, our familiar
“360link” icon will take you to our document delivery/ILL request form. A convenient link for Zotero will also quickly and easily add the citation to your Zotero library.
BrowZine is also a current awareness service for journal content. BrowZine is restricted to journals to which Van Wylen holds a current subscription. With BrowZine (which includes a tablet app and a web version), users build bookshelves of journals they wish to follow by searching for a specific title or browsing titles by subject. Within each subject, BrowZine sorts journals by title as well as their SCImago Journal Rank. Because BrowZine pulls from only library subscriptions, full-text articles are usually included directly within the BrowZine interface. More information about BrowZine, including information on downloading the app, is available from our library guide.
If you have questions about these wonderful resources, contact Jen Holman, our Electronic Resources Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first MeLCat request was placed twelve years ago today. If you haven’t used MeLCat yet you are missing out! 425 libraries ranging from small public to huge research libraries lend books, CDs and DVDs that we don’t own here at Van Wylen. You can get a book you need for research or a DVD of that TV show you’ve been wanting to catch up on. The possibilities are nearly endless!
If you have any questions about this fantastic service, contact Michelle Yost at email@example.com
In 2015-2016 Hope lent 5,223 items to other libraries. Some of the more popular items requested include: