Access to Library Resources

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As Jefferson College Library prepares to launch OpenAthens, our new sign-on system, in August, you may experience some disruption with access to library resources. For assistance during this transition, contact a librarian.

If you’d like more information and detailed instructions about OpenAthens, visit this how-to guide: http://libguides.jchs.edu/openathens

Please contact Carole Porter, Web Services Librarian, at 985-8485 or clporter@carilionclinic.org for any questions or assistance with OpenAthens.

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APA Citation Resources

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about APA citation. Here’s a list of resources to help  make sure you’re citing within the text of your paper and creating your reference list correctly:

Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association, 6th edition – Print book available in the library.

APA Style How-to Guide – Online guide created by your librarians that’s full of examples and explanation.

APA Formatting and Style Guide – Available from Perdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL)

APA Style Blog – Searchable blog from the American Psychological Association. Good place to find examples when you have a tricky reference.

Of course, the best resource available to you is the Learning and Writing Center. Sarah and Elliot are our resident APA gurus and are always happy to help make sure that you’re citing properly.

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Library Collaboration with Medical Laboratory Science Department

Last year, I was presented with a wonderful opportunity to collaborate on a project with Laura Link, M.S., MLS (ASCP)CM, CHES, Program Director of Medical Laboratory Science. By invitation and with guidance from Laura, I created a short video using Camstasia® to help instruct distance students on proper phlebotomy technique. This was such a fun project to be a part of! I’m looking forward to many more inter-departmental collaborative efforts!

Our poster summarizing the success of the use of the video was presented at the 2014 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy hosted by Virginia Tech’s Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research.

“Use of Camtasia® Enhanced Lessons to Improve Distance Learning” (PPT)

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Carole Porter and Laura Link with their poster.

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Celebrating Black History Month with Library Resources

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Help us celebrate Black History Month and stop by the library to browse our display “Celebrating Black History Month with Library Resources” which includes a detailed history of the Burrell Nursing Center written by Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, JCHS President.

You can also learn more about Black History Month and African American health concerns from the Office of Minority Health’s website.

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New Year…New Semester…New Workshops!

A brand new semester means it is time for more workshops!  Say goodbye to the Academic Skills Workshop Series and welcome “Librarians at Lunchtime!”

Librarians at Lunchtime will have a theme each semester, so content will always be new!  This semester the theme is technology, so please come in to as many sessions as you want to learn some new techno-tricks!

The first workshop is this coming Thursday, and we’ll have one every other Thursday from then on out!

You can download the full schedule below!  Remember….come early for a free lunch!!

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Tips for Finding Full Text Articles

Most important

Don’t wait until the last minute to search for articles for your paper. That way you have plenty of time to find the full text or to seek the help of a librarian.

Article citation

Having the complete citation is most helpful. Ideally, the citation should include the author(s), title of the article, publication date, and the name of the journal.

Check EBSCO A to Z for the journal

In Blackboard, you will find the JCHS Library’s pages that contain links to our online resources. On the library’s main page, you will see a tabbed box of links to Popular Resources. Click on the Articles tab to find the link to EBSCO A to Z.

In EBSCO A to Z, type in the journal’s title. If the library has access to the journal, you’ll see a link to browse within that journal for your article.

Visit the EBSCO A to Z how-to guide for additional tips on using this resource.

Check Google Scholar

In the Popular Resources box on the library’s page in Blackboard, you will see a link to Google Scholar. In Google Scholar’s search box, type in the article’s title enclosed in quotation marks (“article title”). Using quotation marks tells Google Scholar to only find that exact title.

In the search results, look for a link that says “Find it @ JCHS” or other links that might say “HTML” or “PDF”.

Visit the Google Scholar how-to guide for additional tips on using this resource.

When all else fails

If you have exhausted all resources and you are still coming up empty, it’s time to ask a librarian! We’d be happy to locate the article and we can often have it for you within a couple days at most.

About full text limits

Most library resources have limits available that will only provide articles with full text in your search results. It is recommended that you not use full text limits, because you might potentially eliminate some articles that would be great for your paper. Besides, after using the tips in this post, chances are you will be able to quickly find the article in full text yourself.

**NOTE: The above links will prompt for your JCHS Blackboard login to open the resource.**

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Textbooks Available at Your Library

Print textbooks

Each semester, we keep the current required textbooks available for student use in the Library. Most textbooks check-out for two hours and are to be used in the Library only.  Ask for them at the Library’s service desk.

Online textbooks

Some textbooks are available online through the Library’s pages in Blackboard. To find them when you’re on campus, search the Library’s catalog and look for [electronic resource] in the title. When you see that, there is a link somewhere below the title that will take you directly to the book.

When you’re off campus, things get tricky. See this how-to guide for instructions on how to access online textbooks from home.

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Spotlight: STAT!Ref

What’s in STAT!Ref?

Searchable online books and evidence-based and authoritative resources.  Such as:

5-Minute Clinical Consult 2014

ACP Pier & AHFS DI Essentials

Auscultation Skills: Breath & Heart Sounds

EKG Plain and Simple

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary

– Many more books are available. Visit STAT!Ref Bookshelf to see them all.

Also available in STAT!Ref are Nursing Podcasts covering topics to help you prepare for NCLEX-RN.

Questions about these or other library resources? Contact a Librarian!

**NOTE: The above links will prompt for your JCHS Blackboard login to open the page in STAT!Ref.**

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Meet Carole, Web Services Librarian

What I Do

As the web services librarian, I maintain web content and continually work to make sure that online access to resources is as easy as possible. I find that most days I spend a lot of time in my office in front of the computer. So if you’re ever in the library and have a few moments, please stop by my office to say “Hi!” Most likely I need to take a break and would love the opportunity to get to know you.

How I Got Here

My undergraduate degree is in Biology and I have a Master’s in Library and Information Science. I have always loved science, especially health science, and libraries. I am extremely lucky that I have a career that melds two areas that I’m passionate about. During my studies for the Master’s degree, I had an adviser who suggested I explore medical librarianship and I took a fascinating, yet frustrating, course on library web design. The conversation with my adviser turned into a fellowship opportunity that lead to a part-time position at Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Carpenter Library which provided invaluable medical librarianship experience. The library web design course taught me best practices for library websites and inspired me to learn HTML/HTML5, CSS, and responsive web design.

When Not at Work

I am a very proud mother and enjoy the challenges of parenthood. I love to run and seem to always be in a state of constant (mental) preparation for the next race. When I have time to sit, you can find me reading or watching movies. Before parenthood, I had big dreams of completing all of my knitting and crochet projects — maybe before my baby is 2, she’ll have a beautiful knitted blanket from her mom!

picture collage of Carole

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