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Welcome, Arrupe College Freshman!
In this tutorial, you will learn about the Loyola University Libraries, and navigate the Loyola University Libraries website to search the LUC Libraries Catalog, discover research guides, and find librarian subject specialists. This box contains instructions on how to use the website to the right.
What You Will Learn
The Loyola University Chicago Libraries offer many resources and services to support your research, from robust physical and electronic collections to user-centered services and 24 hour/7 days a week research assistance. The Libraries' webpages are your portal to using our many resources. This guide is designed to give you an understanding of the general arrangement, pointing out major resources and services as we go.
Obviously, in order to use the Library services and resources, first, you have to get to the Libraries' website. There are two ways you can do that:
Go to http://libraries.luc.edu in your browser.
Start at the Universities main page (http://www.luc.edu)
In the upper right corner (in the red box) are the LUC standard links, a LUC website search box, and 2 drop-down menus.
The menu labeled LOGIN gives you quick links to the most frequently used services at the LUC Libraries.
The Library Links menu gives you links to the most frequently used resources at LUC Libraries. Put your cursor over each to see what you can access there.
No matter how much you may have used other Libraries, every library is different and constantly changing to provide more relevant and efficient service. We hope you will ask us when you have questions or want to find materials and answers. We provide several different ways for you to do this. On many LUC Library webpages, you will see links like the tab on the top menu bar:
For Ask a Librarian. From this tab, you can :
• Chat - this is a 24 hr/7 day a week, chat service. While during daytime hours you will be able to ask the LUC Library staff questions. If we are busy, you may be assisted by a Librarian at another Library or a commercial service.
• Email - Ask more detailed questions in the email format with this form. Questions will be answered within one business day.
• In Person or By Phone - Find our locations, phone numbers, and Reference Desk hours.
• Appointments - Use this form to request an appointment with a subject specialist for in-depth research assistance, database training, or resource consultations.
Go back to the Libraries' main page using the button in the menu bar near the top of the page.
Now, let's look at the Libraries' catalog. There is a basic search bar for the catalog on this page.
The LUC Libraries' catalog contains records for the materials the Libraries own, subscribe to, and archive. In the catalog, you will find books, ebooks, DVDs, streaming films, images, journals, databases, and more. Also, we have included several article indexes (but not all) here. If you do not find items you need in the catalog, check stand-alone databases, or ask us!
Search the LUC Libraries Catalog
The LUC Libraries catalog is your portal to the libraries' collection of books (physical and e-books), journal articles, newspaper and magazine articles, streaming videos, databases, and more.
CONDUCT A SEARCH
Use the LUC Libraries homepage to the right to find scholarly sources about zombies (yes, that's a thing).
How many results do you get?
REFINE MY RESULTS SECTION
That's a lot of results! Let's refine them using the Refine my results section on the left side of the results page.
Depending on your screen size, this section may appear on the bottom of the screen, like this:
FULL TEXT ONLINE
First, we'll make sure only items with full text available online show up (e-books, articles, streaming video, etc.).
All these items have full text available online, but a lot are not scholarly. The library identifies scholarly texts that have gone through the peer-review process.
Now, all the results should have this purple icon:
You can also limit what type of materials show up. This helps when you know you are only looking for articles, only for physical books, only streaming videos, etc. How would you refine these results to show only articles?
When you refine those results to show only articles, how many results show up?
EXCLUDE CERTAIN RESULTS
You can also refine your results to NOT include certain results.
Those are the most commonly used filters, but there are many others that can be useful as well.
*NOTE: There are a ton more options for refining your results if you use the Advanced Search menu:
Which of the following is NOT another filter option you can use to refine your results?
SELECT AN ARTICLE
To read and use an article, you'll have to see its full text first.
*HINT: You can also click on the green Full text available link:
VIEW IT OPTIONS
Details about the article should pop up. From here, you can see many links under View It where the article's full text is available.
*HINT: Be sure to always select a link that ends in (Lakeside Campuses), unless you are a student primarily on the Health Sciences campus.
*Also check the "Available from" dates on each link option to make sure your article will be included.
WHAT IF THERE ARE NO FULL TEXT LINKS?
Even if no full text links show up, you can still request access to the article through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
For more information about Interlibrary Loan (ILL), see the library's ILL FAQ or Ask a Librarian for help.
FIND AN E-BOOK
Viewing the full text of an e-book is similar to viewing that of an article.
With these filter changes, how many results were found?
SELECT AND VIEW AN E-BOOK
SELECT AND VIEW AN E-BOOK
The page that opens may ask you to enter in your username (UVID) and password if you are off campus. It will then ask you to identify your institution.
VIEW THE E-BOOK
Every e-book platform may be different, but there should be options available for you to read the book online or to download or print a certain portion of the book (usually 10-15%).
How many pages does the platform say are left available for you to print or download as a PDF?
SAVE SOURCES: BY EMAIL
Need to go back and look at this source later? There are a few ways to do this from the details page of an item:
SAVE SOURCES: BY PERMALINK
Another way to save your sources to access later is by saving the item's permalink.
Copy and paste the permalink for the "Theories of International Politics and Zombies" ebook here:
SAVE SOURCES: BY CITATION MANAGER
Citation managers are a great, easy way to keep track of and organize your sources for all your research projects. The catalog allows you to choose from RefWorks, EndNote or EasyBib.
It's important to give the author/creator(s) the credit they deserve and help bolster your research's argument. Citing can be hard, but the LUC Libraries Catalog makes it a little easier.
*HINT: ALWAYS Remember to check the citation for accuracy before including them in your work.
You can do this using a site like Purdue OWL or by consulting one of the style manuals available in the library.
Copy and Paste here the MLA (8th edition) citation of the e-book "Theories of International Politics and Zombies Revived Edition."
Let us know if you need any help while doing your research!
Ask A Librarian
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Go back to the main library webpage, luc.edu/libraries:
Look for the white box on the right titled popular links become familiar with the following:
• Room Reservations (will be added by August 24th) - There are spaces in the Cudahy and Lewis Libraries and Information Commons which you can reserve. Click on the link and select your location to see what spaces are available for use.
• Off-Campus Access - When using Library resources from off campus, there may be problems with authenticating your access, in those cases, use the proxy server here to establish your credentials.
• Worldcat - There are times you may want to look for materials beyond Loyola Libraries' holdings. This is a database with holdings from Libraries across the United States and into other countries. Library holdings include: Library of Congress, public and corporate libraries, national and association holdings, etc. Formats included range from print books to microfilm, to braille to Blurays.
In the bottom left corner of the Libraries' site is days' & Library Hours for the Information Commons and Cudahy and Lewis Libraries.
Click on More for weekly, semester, and service desk hours.
Here you will see library news, promotions, and events. Check out how to keep in touch with the LUC Libraries on social media or what classes are coming up. Please follow us on social media to get up to date information on library events and resources.
These are mirror areas to lead you into more detailed descriptions of LUC Libraries' services and procedures. Many of the things here are duplicated in areas you have already seen, except that you can get more details and get more specific information here.
As an Arrupe College student be aware that your librarian liaison is Annette Alvarado (email@example.com), and contact her if you ever need research assistance or more information on the libraries. Do not forget to explore the Arrupe College Research Guide: https://libguides.luc.edu/arrupe
We wish you a great experience here at Loyola University Chicago. And we hope to see you during a class visit!
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