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Archive for April, 2008

What to do if Newman Library doesn’t have the book or journal you need.

Posted by lrath on April 24, 2008

Books: You searched the library’s catalog, CUNY+, and Newman Library does not have the book you need. Follow these steps to locate the book:

  1. Check other CUNY libraries. When you are in CUNY+, click on “Select All CUNY Libraries” in the blue bar at the top of the screen. This will search the catalogs of all CUNY libraries at once. If the book is listed at another school, click on the school’s name to view the record. You can then select “Request” and have the book delivered to Baruch (or another CUNY school if you choose). You can only request circulating books. It may take 2 to 3 days for the book to arrive.
  2. Check New York Public Library. NYPL has two catalogs. The LEO catalog is for the circulating public branches and CATNYP is for the research libraries. If you find a book at a circulating branch, then you can usually borrow the book. If you find a book at a research branch, you will have to visit that library to use the item.
  3. Borrow through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan is a free service at Newman Library. Fill out the online form and the library will try to obtain the item from another library. Many of the requested items may be obtained in one to three weeks if available locally. Some material may take longer.

Journal articles: You used the Full-Text journal tool to determine whether the library owns the full-text of an article in one of the library databases, and you find that Newman Library does not have access to the full-text of the article. Please follow these steps:

  1. Check the library’s catalog, CUNY+, to determine whether the library has the journal in print. After connecting to CUNY+, click on “Journal Title Search” in the yellow bar on the top of the screen. (This will search Newman Library and all of the other CUNY libraries at once for the journal.) If you find the journal, make sure the library has the volume and issue you need.
  2. Check New York Public Library. The same applies as in #2 above. However, you are not able to borrow journals. You will need to make a copy of the article at the library.
  3. Borrow through interlibrary loan. (See #3 above.) Usually, you will receive a photocopy of the journal article.
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Spring Recess 2008 – Library Hours

Posted by lrath on April 21, 2008

Newman Library will be open with normal hours, 7am to 12 midnight, during Spring Recess. Please note the Circulation/Reserve Desk, Reference Desk, and the Laptop Loan Desk have different hours (please check hours before coming to the library).

If you need research help after the Reference Desk closes, you may want to use the chat reference service called Ask a Librarian.

If you want to check out a book after the Circulation Desk closes, you can use the self-checkout machine located near the Reference Desk.

Have a fun, productive, and safe recess!

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Finding Electronic Journals & Newspapers

Posted by lrath on April 18, 2008

Have you ever wanted to read a specific journal or newspaper online and wondered which library database to use? Were you ever given a citation for a specific article, but you didn’t know how to locate it in one of the many library databases?

Follow these directions to determine whether Newman Library has access to a full-text journal/newspaper online:

  1. Go to the library’s homepage at: http://newman.baruch.cuny.edu
  2. Under “Search & Find”, click on the link that says “Journals, Magazines
  3. In the new page, scroll down until you see the question, “Do you need a specific journal?”. Click on the link that says “Full Text Journal
  4. In the new page, type in the name of the journal/newspaper in the search box.
  5. If the library has the journal in a database and you can access the full-text of the articles, the database will be listed. Click on the database name to connect. If you are off campus, you will be prompted to type in your Baruch username and password. Sometimes the journal/article is available in several databases. (Take note of the years each database covers.)
  6. If you get the message “0 records retrieved for the search”, your next step is to search the library’s catalog (CUNY+) to see if we have the journal in print.

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Sharing Presentations with SlideShare

Posted by lrath on April 11, 2008

You’ve done your research, organized your information, and are now ready to present your work. You may want to upload your PowerPoint, Keynote, OpenOffice, or PDF files to the FREE site called SlideShare, which allows you to share presentations on the Web.

What are some benefits of SlideShare?

  • If you can access the SlideShare site, you can access your presentation(s)
  • It can be a good backup for a lost/malfunctioning flash drive (or storage for those without a flash drive)
  • Doing a group presentation? Everyone can access the file (no emailing large PowerPoint files to group members; no excuses for not practicing)
  • You can make the slideshow public, or restrict viewing to a “private” list so only you and your chosen contacts can view/present it.
  • Save paper. Instead of printing the presentation, give your audience the URL to it.
  • You can embed your slideshow into your own blogs and websites and post it to social networking sites

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