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How can I install MobilePrint (HoundPrint) on my personal laptop, tablet, or smartphone?

Last updated on Sep 03, 2020    technology

Follow these helpful instructions to use MobilePrint on your personal devices.  If you get stuck, ask a librarian for help or visit the IT Help Desk!

Works with: personal computers, laptops, iPads, smartphones, Chromebooks

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

Last updated on Aug 19, 2020    InterLibrary Loan find sources borrowing

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 "Request Item through 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 when 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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How do I use a call number to locate a book in the library?

Last updated on Aug 06, 2020    find sources

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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How do I make copies?

Last updated on Aug 06, 2020    technology

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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How can I schedule a research appointment with a librarian?

Last updated on Aug 06, 2020    find sources help

To schedule a research appointment, follow the Meet with a Librarian link found on the left side of the Library's homepage.

Appointments are typically 30 minutes long and can be tailored to address any specific questions or problems you are facing in your research.  In order to provide a safe environment during COVID-19, we are offering online appointments only for the Fall 2020 terms.  

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Do I need a reservation to visit the library?

Last updated on Sep 04, 2020   

Yes, at this time all visitors are required to have a reservation.  Reservations can be made with the Assumption University Mobile App.  Visitors can select from two types of reservations:

  1. Reserve a "Study Space" for periods of one hour or more (choose a space on Floor 1, Floor 2, Floor 3, or at one of our public computers.)
  2. Reserve a "Quick Visit" for periods of 15 minutes (ideal for printing or checking out books quickly.)

Please show your Check-In Badge at the Front Desk when you arrive at the library.

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Who do I contact if I have problems with or questions about Interlibrary Loan?

Last updated on Aug 12, 2020    InterLibrary Loan help

Email the d'Alzon Library Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department at ill@assumption.edu or call 508-767-7135.
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How can I use Interlibrary Loan to request a book from another library?

Last updated on Nov 24, 2020    InterLibrary Loan find sources borrowing

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 can have the book shipped to your address, or pick it up from our Library Front Desk.  If you need the book shipped to your address, please include that information in the "Notes" section of your request form.

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Do I need to return my Interlibrary Loan item?

Last updated on Aug 06, 2020    InterLibrary Loan find sources borrowing

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

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Who can visit the library?

Last updated on Sep 04, 2020   

Assumption University has implemented strict guidelines on who will be permitted on campus during the Fall 2020 terms.  If you do not have permission to be on campus, you will be unable to visit the library in person.  Commuter students are welcome.  All visitors to the library must make a reservation in advance.
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How do I know which database I should use to search for my topic?

Last updated on Nov 24, 2020    find sources databases

You can view a complete list of our available databases by clicking the grey Article Databases button 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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My professor put an item on reserve.  Where can I find it?

Last updated on Aug 19, 2020    textbooks borrowing

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.

In order to provide a safe environment during COVID-19, we have suspended our print textbook reserves program for the Fall 2020 terms.

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How can I use Turnitin to check my paper for plagiarism?

Last updated on Aug 17, 2020    citations plagiarism

Students can upload their paper to Turnitin through Brightspace in the Turnitin Paper Checking Course. 

Papers will be compared against billions of documents and students receive a comparison document called an Originality Report or a Similarity Report.  This is a great tool to use before submitting a paper to your professor.  Learn more about using Turnitin in our Writing and Citing Research Guide.

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Can I print in the library?

Last updated on Sep 04, 2020    technology

Library printers are located on the first floor.  Users may print from the library computers or their own personal devices.  All printers are black and white only, and free of charge.  Please make a reservation for a "Quick Visit" before coming to the library to print.

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How do I know if the Library has a specific book, movie, or article?

Last updated on Aug 06, 2020    find sources

Enter the title within quotation marks in the main search box from the Library's homepage after you have selected the appropriate tab (Articles, Books, Videos, etc.)  If we have it, follow the "View eBook," "View full text," or "View Now" button to access any available electronic sources. 

If the item you have found is a print book, record the Call Number and location information to find it on our shelves.

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How can I connect to the wireless network?

Last updated on Aug 06, 2020    technology

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

Visitors to the library that are not affiliated with Assumption University 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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Does the library have textbooks?

Last updated on Aug 11, 2020    textbooks borrowing

In order to provide a safe environment during COVID-19, we have suspended our print textbook reserves program for the Fall 2020 terms.  However, we may have access to a textbook or other required course reading through one of our e-book databases. We are happy to check all of our collections for you, just send us an email at library@assumption.edu.

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

Last updated on Aug 06, 2020    find sources

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 Article Databases button 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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Where are the Bibles, Bible commentaries, and Bible dictionaries?

Last updated on Aug 06, 2020    find sources

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 do I reserve a group study room?

Last updated on Aug 11, 2020    library spaces

In order to provide a safe environment during COVID-19, we have closed all group study rooms for the Fall 2020 terms.  Any group collaboration or study should be completed virtually.  All tables in the library have a strict limit of one person per table.

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