Library & Department of Education CIS Speaker Co-Sponsorship

Vincent Delgado, Co-Director of the Refugee Development Center in Lansing, Michigan and an expert on refugee and immigrant issues, will be making a department co-sponsored presentation titled Welcoming the Immigrant: How Schools and Libraries Contribute to Success at this fall’s CIS beginning at 2:15 on Wednesday, October 3rd in the Kempers Lecture Hall of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center. Mr. Delgado will share his ongoing work with libraries and schools that provide resources and services to recent immigrants and refugees. Becoming sensitive to the unique needs of immigrants and refugees is important for the teachers and librarians who serve them. Please join us for Mr. Delgado’s presentation.

CIS Information Resources

A collection of information resources related to this fall’s Critical Issues Symposium, Immigration: Shaping and Reshaping America, is available on the first floor of Van Wylen Library adjacent to the Reference Desk. A list of items in the collection, arranged thematically, is available at the resources link of the CIS website. The collection includes books, DVDs, and videos. A recommended websites section provides links to online sources of note. Several articles published by CIS speakers are also linked from the same list.

African American Studies Center Online

A new online resource titled African American Studies Center is now available. This unique resource is a comprehensive collection of scholarship that focuses on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. It includes more than 7,500 articles by top scholars in the field, biographies, primary source documents, images, maps and charts. Each month, a topic of current and historical relevance is featured. This month the feature article is on Twentieth Century Literary Giants.Previous features range from Hip Hop’s Early Influences to Jazz Greats to Black Churches in America.

Looking for primary documents? OAASC includes primary materials ranging from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Statement on the Vietnam War.

Also check out the Library’s Ethnic Studies resources page which provides access to additional recommended resources for research in ethnic/multicultural studies.

Photo Image Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution/Art Resource, NY.

Check out Credo Reference

The library is running a trial for Credo Reference through September 22. “Credo Reference (formerly Xrefer) is the world’s largest online reference service featuring over 250 full-text reference titles covering all subject areas with over 3 million entries from 57 highly-respected publishers all aggregated and integrated in a robust search engine. Credo Reference has many new unique interactive features such as dynamic table functionality for world state, and county statistics, an interactive world atlas, flash animations, videos, poetry/literature readings, and a data visualization tool called the concept map. Credo Reference also features over 175,000 images, over 200,000 audio pronunciations, and a citation formatter in APA, MLA, and Chicago formats.” (from the publisher)

See what Credo Reference can do and let us know if you think this would be a good addition to our online resources.

Getting In When You Are Off Campus

We would like to remind our off-campus users that if you want to access library resources from home, you need to log in to your library account. Access to subscription databases is limited to current Hope faculty, students, and staff. Therefore, if you are at an off-campus computer (including many cottages) you will need to log into the library proxy server.

It will be easiest to log in before you try to access an online database or journal. Go to https://lib.hope.edu/patroninfo and type in your 13 digit library barcode number (from the back of your Hope College ID card) and PIN . Once you are logged in, you can access the databases via the General Research Databases, Databases by Academic Department or Off-campus Access links. If you need further instruction, view this screencast tutorial or call the Reference Desk for assistance at 395-7904.

Librarians Meet Freshmen

As of this morning, Reference Librarians at Van Wylen have met 770 incoming students as part of their First Year Seminar experience. While questions about using the library will come later in the semester for many, we want students to know that the library is here to support them. The goals of the brief meeting with a librarian are to help relieve library anxiety and increase a student’s comfort level when coming to the library and asking questions. The library and library resources should play a role in every student’s academic experience. We want students to know that there are lots of ways to get help; at the Reference Desk, via phone, ask-a-librarian email, and online chat. Students are also encouraged to make individual appointments. After meeting a librarian students received a certificate, the ever popular Ask a Librarian @ Van Wylen blue pencil and a coupon for a free cup of coffee at the Cup & Chaucer.

Librarians Meet Freshmen

Enhanced Search Results with OneFile PowerSearch

The beginning of classes brings a powerful new search option to the arsenal of databases available through the Hope College Library. The OneFile PowerSearch option is a federated search engine that combines search results from InfoTrac OneFile, the new Academic OneFile and the Gale Virtual Reference databases. The OneFile PowerSearch link is available from the Library | Databases for Research | General Research web page.

Many Hope users are familiar with the Gale InfoTrac OneFile database (now called General OneFile). It is the database that students learn first in FYS and English 113 classes and is the most heavily used database on Hope’s campus. Now with the OneFile PowerSearch link, the number of resources searched is expanded to included more full-text scholarly journals and full-text reference sources. Some of the reference titles included are the World of Sport Science, the World Mark Encyclopedia of Nations, The Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism and Encyclopedia Judaica. The scholarly journals drawn from the Academic OneFile database are published world wide across all disciplines.

The PowerSearch interface includes a number of enhancements just released this month. Users can set up search and journal alerts and RSS feeds. Improvements have been made to navigation including the creation of document tools (print, email, cite, download and translate) that appear in a visible box on each document. Users can get better results with new enhanced limiting and search-within-results features.

The biggest noticeable change may be in the way results display. Results now appear under tabs by type of material: Magazines, Academic Journals, Books, News, and Multimedia. Reference books appear under the Books tab, and Multimedia includes the transcripts and audio from National Public Radio broadcasts.

Enhanced Search Results with OneFile PowerSearchThe PowerSearch interface can also be used to combine searches in 40 separate Gale databases including specialized academic collections like the InfoTrac Communications and Mass Media Collection, the InfoTrac Diversity Studies Collection, the InfoTrac Environmental Studies and Policy Collection, etc.

Whether searching small subsets of the database or doing federated searching across several databases, the OneFile PowerSearch interface gives users a lot of access to full-text journals. If you have questions about the PowerSearch interface, contact a Reference Librarian at x7904.