Thanksgiving Holiday Closures

The David Allan Hubbard Library will be closing early on Wednesday, November 26, at 6:00 p.m.  We will stay closed from Thursday, November 27, through Sunday, November 30, and re-open on Monday, December 1.  We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Digitalia Film Library: 30-Day Trial

We are pleased to announce that a 30-day trial for accessing the Digitalia Film Library is available now through November 16, 2014.

Digitalia presents its Multilingual Film Library of streaming video with some of the best cinema and documentary collections available. The collection contains hundreds of Spanish and Latin American feature films and documentaries available to stream on- or off-campus.

Selected thematic portals are available to help users browse content, including collections of Argentine and European cinema and current events documentaries. Selected North American classic films are also included in dubbed Spanish as well as the original English.

Please enjoy the Digitalia Film Library and provide us with feedback. Your feedback is very important to us, as our collection development decisions are driven by feedback from faculty, students, and staff.

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Fuller Library Database/EndNote Workshop, 10/25

The David Allan Hubbard Library Reference team will present a workshop on library databases and EndNote to help with your research. Fuller students, faculty, and staff are invited.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: D.A. Hubbard Library, 3rd floor computer lab

This workshop is free, but please register in advance. To sign up, complete the online form: http://infoguides.fuller.edu/library/workshops

Questions? E-mail lib-reference@fuller.edu

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Novum Testamentum–1546 Bible Added to Collection

The David Allan Hubbard Library’s department of Archives, Special Collections, and Rare Books recently acquired its third oldest book–Novum Testamentum, dated 1546.  This two-volume Greek New Testament Bible was generously donated by Jill and Bob Smith (‘77 and ‘84) of Dallas, Texas.

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Novum Testamentum, dated 1546

Printed in Paris at the famous press of Robert Stephanus, the volumes are bound in full early leather with marbled endpapers and gilt spine titles.  The small size of this Bible (each volume is 4.75 inches long) made it portable and therefore quite valuable in the sixteenth century.

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Printed in Paris at the famous press of Robert Stephanus

The convenience of a small book that you could easily carry around with you was what Harvard University Press had in mind when it created the Loeb Classical Library (for which digital access is currently available on a trial basis to the Fuller community).

If you would like to see this Bible in person, please make an appointment with the Archivist: call 626.584.5311 or e-mail archives@fuller.edu.  Also, look for a showcase of Bibles to be displayed in the Library’s lobby this fall.

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A/C to be down in D.A. Hubbard Library, Oct. 7

The air conditioner in the David Allan Hubbard Library will be shut off for maintenance on the morning of Tuesday, October 7.  We anticipate that it will be back up and running at 10:00 a.m. the same day.  We apologize in advance for the warm temperatures we’re likely to have in the library at this time.  Thank you for your patience.

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Department Spotlight: Reference

Welcome back to school!  As a new academic year begins, we are sure you’ll be spending a lot of time studying in the David Allan Hubbard Library in the months to come.  If you are new to graduate-level research or if you are simply new to doing research at the David Allan Hubbard Library, our Reference Librarians, Jeff Waldrop and Bonggun Baek, would like to share some insights to ease you into research mode.

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Jeff Waldrop, Reference & Collection Development Librarian

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Bonggun Baek, Reference Librarian

What services are offered by the Reference Department?

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We offer reference materials in a variety of languages

The Reference Department offers four main services in English, Korean, and Spanish:

  • One-on-one (or small group) basic subject-related information literacy for graduate students (Worldcat Local, periodical databases, eBooks, dissertations, etc.)
  • Immediate training/consulting in finding resources for papers and assignments
  • Training and consultation with Endnote
  • Research training/Endnote seminars for doctoral and master’s students

The Reference Librarians also offer secondary help on a variety of topics, for example, citation styles, organizing research, basic note taking/writing, dissertation organization (research and writing), citation searching (looking up citations for authors), basic hardware/software help (Word, Excel, Pages, etc.), and many other topics.  We also have a part-time Mandarin-speaking collection development librarian who may answer research queries upon request.

How can patrons get help with research?

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Reference Desk located in the Weyerhaeuser Reading Room

Library patrons eligible for research include Fuller students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Eligible patrons are able to request research help by making an appointment either by phone (626.584.5612 for English and Spanish, or 626.584.5624 for Korean and English) or e-mail (lib-reference@fuller.edu).

The Reference Desk located in the Weyerhaeuser Reading Room (1st floor) is usually staffed from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, so no appointment is necessary for walk-ins during these hours.  Additionally, before 5:00 p.m., patrons may drop by Jeff’s office on the 1st floor (in the Weyerhaeuser Reading Room) or Bonggun’s office on the 3rd floor (just south of the elevators), for research assistance.

We are also on Twitter, so you can Tweet questions to @fullerlibrary.  Or you can text questions to 626.722.8902.

Can users get reference help online?

Absolutely!  There is an “Ask a Librarian” link on the Library Web page. You may also choose to e-mail us at lib-reference@fuller.edu, request a Google Hangout session, or view the Library’s InfoGuides (online Research Guides) located here: http://infoguides.fuller.edu/home.

What are some great tips for getting started when doing research?

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Print reference collection in the Weyerhaeuser Reading Room

It’s good to remember that most assignments call for two basic types of resources: books and articles, and each type of resource is found in a slightly different type of database.

For a basic article search, go to the Library homepage, click on the “Articles” tab, and type in the search criteria.

For a basic book search, go to the Library homepage, click on the “Books & eBooks” tab, and type in the search criteria.

Here are some basic searching hints:

  • Search terms should not be too broad, because the search will yield too many results.
  • Search terms should also not be too narrow or specific (e.g., do not type in a proposed thesis title, etc.) because the search will often yield little to no results.
  • Use short, specific, and succinct terms for the best results—let the terms broaden or narrow the main topic.
  • Use double quotes around exact phrases to increase relevancy when looking for a known item.
  • ​​Remember that not all academic resources are freely available on the Internet through Google search. ​We highly recommend that students start research from the Library Web site.
  • Organize your search. You can create an account on ​Worldcat and in databases to organize your resources. ​
  • Double-check the spelling when you do catalog/database searches, as misspellings may yield no results. Pay special attention to foreign words, names, and places.

Most importantly, ask for help!  You will be surprised at the various resources the library has to offer and we enjoy sharing those resources with our patrons.

What do you want people to know about the Reference Department that most people don’t know?

An interesting fact that most people probably don’t know is that we respond to reference inquiries from all over the world. We have received reference e-mails from over a dozen countries.

Another thing people may not know is that the Library can be accessed by going straight to the Library homepage, but it can also be accessed from Moodle (on the upper, dark-grey bar, click “Library,” and select “Library Resources”).  And remember that when doing research from off-campus, eligible patrons need to log into the Library’s databases by using their Fuller login username and password.

Finally, we want users to know that we are friendlier than we may appear to be!  See you in the Library.

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Library Web Site Survey

We are working on revamping our Web site, and we want to hear from you!  Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey, found on the Library’s home page (see the bright orange button, “What do you want from your library web site?”).  Your input and suggestions will help us create a Web site that meets your needs, so please make your voice heard.

Thank you!

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