Emmanuel d'Alzon Library

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Do I need to return my Interlibrary Loan item?

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It depends.

If you have received an electronic item, such as a .PDF copy of an article, there is no need to return the item. 

If you have requested and received a print book, which was checked out to you from our Library Front Desk, you will need to return the book to our Front Desk or to any other library in the state of Massachusetts.  If you live outside of the state, you must use your local post office or FED-EX service to return the item to our address:


Assumption College
Emmanuel d'Alzon Library
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609

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How can I use InterLibrary Loan to request a book from another library?

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If you have never used the service before, create an InterLibrary Loan account using this form.

Use the main search bar from the Library homepage and select the "Libraries Worldwide" filter option located on the left side of your search results page. Click on the title of the item you want and scroll down the page to click on the gold "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button.  When prompted, log into your ILL account. The request form should have been filled out automatically by the system - if some spaces are blank, that's okay! Scroll down and click on "Submit Request."

You will receive an email when your book arrives, usually within 5-7 business days. You will be able to check it out from our Front Desk.

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My professor put an item on reserve.  Where can I find it?

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All electronic reserves, such as articles and book chapters, are posted to the Brightspace course page.  To access the readings, click on e-Reserves under Content when logged in to your course page in Brightspace.

Print books, textbooks, and movies on reserve are kept at the Front Desk of the Library.  They can be used for 3 hours within the Library building.  To view a list of reserves for your course, please see our Course Reserves search page and use the Instructor dropdown menu to search for your professor's last name.

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Do group study rooms need to be reserved?

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Anyone may use a group study room without a reservation, but group study reservations are encouraged and will be considered to be a priority for use of the room. 

Rooms may be reserved for groups of two or more, for up to 3 hours per day, and may be made up to 2 weeks in advance.  To reserve a group study room, please view our Group Study Rooms page.

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How do I use a call number to locate a book in the library?

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If you are searching for a book through the main search bar on the Library's homepage, you will see a call number included for each print book in your search results.

Here is an example of a call number: PR6062 .I89 H69 2012

On the spine of the book, it will look like this:

PR
6062
.N89
H69
2012

All of the books are arranged on the shelves alphabetically.  So this book is shelved after the A's, B's, etc. and after the PA's, PB's, etc, until you get to PR.

Then start the PR 1's, 2's, etc. until you get to number 6062.  If there are a lot of PR 6062's, then we look at the third line down (.N89) and start again.  It's easy to get confused, so please visit the Front Desk for help.

 

 

 

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Where are the Bibles, Bible commentaries, and Bible dictionaries?

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Many of these books are shelved on the first floor of the library. They are part of the reference collection and are available for in-library use only.  You may scan the sections you need.

There are additional copies shelved on the third floor and available to be checked out from the library. To find a specific title and location information (call number) you can use the main search bar on the Library homepage or ask us!

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How can I use InterLibrary Loan to request an article from another library?

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If you have never used the service before, create an InterLibrary Loan account using this form.

If you have found the article through a database and used the "Article Linker" button to determine that you will need to request it from another library, click on the "Submit an InterLibrary Loan" link on the "Article Linker" results page.

When prompted, log into your ILL account. The request form should have been filled out automatically by the system. If some spaces have been left empty - that's okay! Scroll down and click on "Submit Request."

You will receive an email with your article arrives, usually within 1-3 business days. You will be able to download and save the file from your ILLiad account page.

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Do you have head phones that I can borrow?

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Yes!

Head phones can be borrowed for up to 3 hours and must be used within the Library.  They can be borrowed at the Front Desk with a current Assumption College ID card.

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Is there a Lost and Found?

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Yes, we do have a library Lost & Found. 

Ask someone at the Front Desk.  We usually find all kinds of things and keep them safe until you come get them.

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How can I find peer reviewed articles in a library database?

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There are a couple different ways to find peer reviewed articles. You can use the main search bar on the Library's homepage. Use the filters on the left side of the search result screen to limit your results to Peer Reviewed under Content, and Article/Chapter under Format.

Additionally, you could use the Databases A-Z link under the Quick Links on the Library's homepage and start your search in one of our specific databases. Most of the databases include filters to limit your results. Look carefully for a check box option for Peer Reviewed. Can't seem to find it? Ask a librarian for help!

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How do I find out if the Library has a specific magazine, newspaper, or journal title?

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Use the "Journals by Title" link located above the main search bar on the Library homepage. Enter the title of the specific magazine, newspaper, or journal that you need. 

After you click "Search", the system will bring you a list of databases that provide full-text access to your title. Next to each database name, you can find the dates that are available for your title (for example, 01/01/1990 to 01/01/1998 in Academic Search Premier). 

Additionally, "Our Library's Print Journals" may be listed with the databases, which informs you that the Library has copies of your title available in print on our shelves. Follow the link and scroll to the bottom of the next page to see which dates are available in print.

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How do I know which database I should use to search for my topic?

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You can view a complete list of our available databases in the Databases A-Z list under Quick Links on the Library homepage. Use the drop-down menu option to filter the list according to a specific subject.

Another method would be to use a Research Guide. Select a Research Guide that applies to your course or your subject area. Within the Guide, you should find a brief list of recommended databases.

If you are still unsure, try searching a generalized database like Academic Search Premier, or ask a librarian for help!

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How do I write Chicago/Turabian citations?

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We recommend these online guides to help you with your Chicago/Turabian style citations:

We also have print copies of The Chicago Manual of Style and Turabian's A Manual for Writers available for use at the Research Help Desk and the Reference shelf on the first floor of the Library.  Additionally, many of the databases provide citations, though you should proofread them for accuracy.

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How do I write APA citations?

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We recommend these online guides to help you with your APA style citations:

We also have print copies of the Publication Manual of the APA available for use at the Research Help Desk and the Reference shelf on the first floor of the Library.  Additionally, many of the databases provide citations, though you should proofread them for accuracy.

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Can I use the library databases when I am off-campus?

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Absolutely! 

All current students, faculty, and staff of Assumption College can use all of our library resources both on and off campus.  When selecting a database from the Library website, you'll be prompted to enter your Assumption College email address and password.

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How do I write MLA citations?

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We recommend these online guides to help you with your MLA style citations:

We also have print copies of the MLA Handbook available for use at the Research Help Desk and the Reference shelf on the first floor of the Library.  Additionally, many of the databases provide citations, though you should proofread them for accuracy.

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How can I connect to the wireless network?

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Assumption College students can connect to the ACStudent wireless network by entering their AC username and password. 

Visitors to the library that are not affiliated with Assumption College can connect to the ACGuest network by following the registration instructions to receive a temporary password.  The ACGuest network is not secure and will not provide access to library databases.

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How do I make copies?

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Use our free scanner to send files directly to HoundPrint.

We have an easy to use, touch-screen scanner located on the first floor of the Library.  You can send files directly to HoundPrint, or email them to any email address.  You can also save your scans as audio files or PDFs to your USB device.

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Can I watch a DVD or Blu-ray in the library?

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Yes! 

There is a television with capability to watch a DVD or VHS in Group Study Room #310 on the third floor of the library.  Additionally, a region-free Blu-ray player is connected to the television in Group Study Room #125 on the first floor of the library. 

We recommend that you reserve the appropriate study room in advance if you need to watch a DVD, Blu-ray, or VHS.

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Where can I find the Library's print journals?

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As you search in our databases, you may be directed to check the Library's Print Journals for the full-text of a specific article.  Follow the link and scroll down to the Library Owns section in order to see which years of the publication are owned by the Library.

If the Library's Print Journals include the correct year that you need, you can find it on the second floor.  The collections of journal issues will be arranged alphabetically by title, so that journals beginning with the letter A appear on the shelves closest to the stairs.  Multiple issues of the same journal publication are bound together and resemble a large hardcover book.  They will be organized by volume number and issue number, which you will have from the citation found in the database.

 

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