Google Scholar & Library Holdings

What’s in Your Library ToolKit?
Google Scholar & Van Wylen Library Holdings

We probably don’t need to remind you about Google Scholar, a great supplement to the hundreds of databases that Van Wylen librarians license for the Hope Community.

What you may not know is that we send Google Scholar our journal holdings on a weekly basis so that you can easily jump from Google Scholar back into our licensed content.

These holdings are displayed automatically when you use Google Scholar from on-campus as Google recognizes your IP address.

If we have full text available for a citation, Google Scholar should display a link to our “Full-Text @ Hope College” service:

If we do not already have access to the full text, the Find It! Services Menu will offer a quick way to submit interlibrary loan requests for items to which we do not have access, as well as quick access to an email help form. To find the link, select the “More” () link from below your citation; then choose “Request it @ Hope College”

If you are off-campus, you can still access these library links by updating your Google Scholar settings (select the 3 lines to the left of the Google Scholar search box, then select settings):

From “Settings,” select “Library Links” and search for Hope College:

Happy researching!!

For even greater integration between web resources and Van Wylen resources, please download our library toolbar.

MeLCat down beginning March 1

In July 2018 the library will be launching a new discovery system. This system (replacing both The MightyFind and HopeCat) will provide a user-centered, single-search system with greatly enhanced functionality.

As part of this launch we need to suspend MeLCat borrowing effective Thursday, March 1.  The good news is there’s no need to panic!  We will do our best to get you the exact same material just as quickly.

There are a few ways to request material from other libraries. When searching in HopeCat, look for the “Find in WorldCat” buttons where you would usually see MelCat icons:

This button will take you to the WorldCat catalog. Click on the title that interests you, and then select the “Request Item through InterLibrary Loan” button.  Enter your name and email address, and voila!  Your request is submitted.  You will receive an email when the item arrives at the library.

If you are really missing MeLCat and have a Herrick District Library card, you can use MeLCat there.  Go to MeLCat and search for your item as usual.  Once you click “get this for me”, choose Herrick District Library instead of Hope College from the drop down menu.  You will pick up any requested MeLCat material at Herrick, a 5 minute walk from Van Wylen. Please note you cannot borrow A/V material (CDs, DVDs, etc.) through Herrick. You will not be able to use your Hope ID to check out Herrick materials during this downtime.

FAQs:

I already have a MeLCat item checked out or in transit to Hope. What does this mean for me? You can use the item as usual! Please return the material when it is due. If you need the material longer please request a new copy via WorldCat using the instructions above and return the MeLCat copy when you receive the newer one.

I have a guest card for Van Wylen Library. How can I get items I would normally get through MeLCat? During our downtime you may use WorldCat and if we can fill your request from a Michigan library we will! If there are no state-wide copies available we will contact you and let you know.

When will MeLCat be available again at Hope? We anticipate regaining access to MeLCat at the end of August/early September. Ideally, we’ll be ready to go again once the Fall 2018 semester starts!

This is all very confusing. Who can I ask about this? Email Michelle Yost at ill@hope.edu or stop in at the Research Help Desk.

We appreciate your flexibility as we work to make your library experience the best it can be!

Laptops, Cameras and Calculators, Oh My!

What equipment can you borrow from the library? Are you wondering if there is a Macbook, Chromebook, or GoPro camera available right now? Did you know we lend graphing calculators as well as headphones?

The NEW Equipment Lending LibGuide shows exactly what equipment we have at the Media Deskon the second floor and also what is currently available or checked out.  The platform views well on any mobile device or computer!

 

Tips & Tricks: Locating Open Access/Freely Available Journal Articles (aka Before You Pay $23 for that ScienceDirect Journal Article…..)

Pretty much every day you can find me making the short walk over from Van Wylen to a local coffee shop for my daily dose of caffeine and possibly an espresso chocolate-chip muffin. I could save money by brewing my coffee at home and skipping this delicious treat, but I enjoy the walk, the friendly and enthusiastic baristas, and most importantly, supporting a local business.

And that brings us to Elsevier, which is anything but a small local business. Their subscription prices for journals are so high that instead of holding expensive annual subscriptions, we provide access to Elsevier’s content by paying $23 per article. Before paying $23 for that Elsevier article, you should know that there is a fair to middling chance that your article is freely available. In fact, 30% of the articles we purchased from Elsevier in July 2017 were freely available. As more researchers continue to share their research online, outside of publisher paywalls, that percentage should continue to rise.

Here are a couple of freely available browser extensions to make it quick and easy for you to locate open access/freely available journal articles.

 

Unpaywall (http://unpaywall.org/)

An extension for Chrome and FireFox, Unpaywall will display a green icon if it finds an openly available version of the article you seek. It takes up to a minute for the link to appear. If it’s green, clicking on it takes you directly to the free version of the article.

Sometimes Unpaywall misses openly available articles, so searching Google Scholar is always a good second step.

Using another library tool called LibX, also available for both Chrome and FireFox, you can quickly search Google Scholar without ever leaving ScienceDirect. Just highlight the article title, right-click, select LibX, and have it search Google Scholar for you:

 

The proliferation of new modes of scholarly communication makes the landscape more difficult to transverse, but it also makes the search that much more exciting. Questions? Comments? Have a favorite research tip to share?  Please leave a comment.

If you need your department’s Elsevier account credentials, please contact your department’s library liaison or David O’Brien, Head of Access Services.

Jen Holman
Electronic Resources Librarian
holman@hope.edu

 

New Check Out Periods at the Library

We simplified the check out periods of our library’s items this summer.  Highlights from some of our most-used items are below.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to memorize this!  You will receive due dates upon checkout and you can also check your account 24/7 online using your 1Hope username and password!

Hope students Hope faculty Hope staff
Van Wylen Books 4 weeks, 1 renewal 6 months, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal
Van Wylen DVD/VHS/CD 1 week, no renewal 2 weeks, 1 renewal 1 week, no renewal
Van Wylen Reference books 1 week, no renewal 2 weeks, 1 renewal 1 week, no renewal
MeLCat books 3 weeks, 1 renewal 3 weeks, 1 renewal 3 weeks, 1 renewal
MeLCat DVD/VHS/CD 1 week, no renewal 1 week, no renewal 1 week, no renewal
Laptops 4 hours, no renewal 24 hours, no renewal 4 hours, no renewal
iPads/cameras 4 days, no renewal 4 days, no renewal 4 days, no renewal
Kindle 4 weeks, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal

books waiting to go back on the shelves

New York Times Academic Pass Renewal

Our license with The New York Times (NYT) requires you to renew your academic pass each year so that the NYT can verify that you still have a valid 1Hope email account.

 

You may not have any idea when your current academic pass expires. That’s okay! Be proactive and proceed to: https://myaccount.nytimes.com/verification/edupass.

 

If you already have an account, please use those credentials to log in:

You may then need to verify your email address before proceeding – NYT will send the verification email to your 1Hope account.

Once you complete the verification and login with your New York Times credentials, you will see a message similar to this below:

If you still have time before your pass expires, you can set a calendar reminder and then renew your pass when the time comes. If that date has already passed, proceed to: http://www.nytimes.com/passes to renew your account.

 

If you don’t already have an academic pass setup, you can read more about Van Wylen Library’s NYT Academic Pass Program and find instructions on getting access at: libguides.hope.edu/NYT

Are You Well-Read*?

Now that we better understand that getting news from social media (especially Facebook and Twitter) and Google is not such a great idea (filter bubbles! Fake news!), how can busy students stay current with the latest, credible news?

Van Wylen has you covered!

We offer a vast array of newspapers and magazines that stand at the ready for you to stop in, settle in a comfortable chair, and fill your mind with stories written by professional journalists with a wide array of opinions and stories. While the following titles are all available in print, many have online versions as well. A regular reading habit can help you develop interesting anecdotes and opinions to wow your friends and colleagues at your next social gathering, find a controversial topic for your ENG 113 paper, or even impress a recruiter when you are looking for a job.

Here are the details on a sampling of the publications you may consider adding to your regular rotation:

Environment (UF767 .S33)

Is climate change happening? This publication offers both peer-reviewed articles as well as commentaries from practitioners and researchers, approaching issues from an intersection of development and the environment.

 

National Review (AP2 .N3545)

Founded by founded by author and influential, conservative thinker William F. Buckley Jr. in 1955, it is important to note that the online version of this news magazine is under different editorial control. Wondering what the differences are? That sounds like a great research project.

 

The Crisis (E185.5 .C92)

Founded in part of W.E.B. DuBois in 1910, this publication is the official publication of the NAACP. It seeks to “educate and challenge its readers about issues facing African Americans and other communities of color.”

 

The Weekly Standard (E839.5 .W44)

A conservative leaning, weekly opinion magazine, The Weekly Standard has been published since the mid-1990s. Pieces are nuanced and timely and cover both national and international topics. A recent article discusses the overabundance of “anonymice” in journalism.

The Christian Century (BR1 .C45)

Carrying the tagline, “thinking critically, living faithfully,” this biweekly publication has been in circulation since 1884. A staple of mainline Protestantism, the magazine covers religious news as well as book, media, and art reviews. Poetry is scattered throughout each issue.

 

The Economist (HG11 .E2)

A British weekly news magazine in publication since 1843, the Economist’s editors write from an economic liberalism perspective. Its most recent issue was dedicated to a special report on the oil industry. Other recent issues report on the rise of nationalism and Donald Trump.

 

Mother Jones (AP2 .M79193)

A progressive magazine covering politics, the environment, human rights, and culture, an article from a recent issue discusses a start-up’s plans to produce milk from genetically modified yeast – no cow needed.

 

The Nation (AP2 .N2)

The oldest continually published weekly news magazine (since 1865), the Nation publishes stories on politics and culture with a progressive/liberal/radical slant.

 

 

Maclean’s (AP5 .M2)

A Canadian magazine (similar to our Time magazine) published since 1905 and including articles on politics, news, arts and culture. Always interesting to break out of our filter bubbles and see what people living in another country are thinking/reading/watching.

 

The Atlantic Monthly (AP2 .A8)

In publication since 1857, the Atlantic publishes literary and cultural commentary. An article in the most recent issue delves into the age-old question of whether we need to eradicate cats, which happen to be listed in the top 100 of the Global Invasive Species list.

 

The Advocate (AP2 .A36)

A general interest magazine that includes articles on news, politics, opinion, and the arts. It is the oldest LGBT magazine in the United States.

 

 

Wired (TK5105.5 .W57)

Not to be overlooked as just another magazine selling technology, Wired writes about how technology affects culture, the economy, and politics. A current article frames coding as the next, big blue-collar job market.

 

 

New Republic (AP2 .N624)

A long-running magazine (published since 1914!) that offers commentary on politics and the arts. Of note: lots of books reviews.

 

 

Ms (HQ1101 .M72)

A feminist, activist magazine.  Of note for marketing/media students: the last page of each issue features a selection of questionable gender-based advertising.

 

 

*The notion of being well-read comes to us from Shakespeare’s Henry IV,  Part 1:

Mort. In faith he was a worthy Gentleman,

Exceeding well read, and profited,

In strange Concealements:

Valiant as a Lyon, and wondrous affable,

1700And as bountifull, as Mynes of India

 

Shakespeare, William. Henry IV, Part 1 (Folio 1 1623) (Modern). Ed. Rosemary Gaby. Internet Shakespeare Editions. University of Victoria, 6 Mar. 2017. Web. 6 Mar. 2013. <http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/doc/1H4_F1/complete/>.

–Jen Holman, Electronic Resources Librarian

Project time! How Can the Library Help You?

It’s Spring, which means it is ‘Project Time’ on the 2nd floor of the Library! The Media Services Desk is the go-to place to check out a GoPro camera, Chromebook, or an iPad. You can also purchase paper or simple office supplies.  Use the Ellison die cut or spiral binding machine or have an item laminated.  If you are creating a poster for the Celebration for Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance, you will pick up your poster at the Media Desk. We also have supplies for trimming and mounting your poster on a trifold board.

Do you have a final project and need a little help with digitization, formatting or finalizing? Come to the TechLab for assistance and access to scanning, color printing, and expanded software. Trained students are available for assistance whenever the Library is open.  You can get help with editing a video, creating a Google site or Prezi, formatting a research poster, or creating a screencast.

Lower your academic stress by planning ahead, starting early, and getting great help in the Library! Also, remember to sleep well, slow down and breathe!

FREE New York Times Subscription Compliments of the Library!

STUDENTS, faculty and staff: We have fantastic news!

You no longer need to deal with Facebook commenters or figure out how to view more than your allotted amount of monthly free articles when all you want is the (real) news.  With your .edu email address you can sign up for complimentary access to  The New York Times!  Use your hope.edu email address and choose a password.  You will receive a confirmation email with a link you must click to complete the subscription.

Also included are over 150 years of archives as they originally appeared; reproduced digitally. Search for important world events or see what was going on the day you were born. These archived articles are also easy to print making them perfect for primary source research.

Read the Times on the computer or on your Android or iPhone.  We also have answers to frequently asked questions.

Once you have a free academic pass, our license requires you to renew the pass annually.  Not sure when you need to renew?  We have all that information for you.

Stay informed!

 

Come Research With Us!

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.

Make it a goal to let us help you this semester!

Todd Wiebe
Rachel Bishop
Jessica Hronchek – on sabbatical Spring 2017