NoodleTools Tutorials

By Jessica Serrenti

As the end of the semester draws near, the Rohrbach Library still has one database trial left for students to use. NoodleTools is a citation resource that manages a student’s note cards, sources, and papers all in one place. There are several tutorials for NoodleTools that explain how to use the database. Some of the popular tutorials include:

More NoodleTools tutorials are available here: http://www.noodletools.com/helpdesk/index.php?action=downloads#category-3. Students can also take a quick tour of NoodleTools by visiting http://www.noodletools.com/tour/.

To access NoodleTools from the Library’s website click on the header “Articles and databases” under the “Find Information” tab. Then click on the “Database Trials” link to find NoodleTools. Students can use the database until the trial ends on December 12, 2014.

When ready to share their feedback, students can talk to Rohrbach librarians during the Student Advisory Council meeting. The next meeting takes place Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in room 22 of the Rohrbach Library. The Database Trials webpage also has a comment section for students to leave feedback.

Contact librarian Bob Flatley at flatley@kutztown.edu for more information on the database trials.

 

 

KU Students Needed to Test NEW Library Website

We’re working on a new website to better serve your needs, and we need KU students to help us test it before it goes live! 

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A working prototype is now available and ready for testing.

  • Testing will take place November 17-21, 2014
  • We expect that the actual testing will take
    15 minutes or less
  • We are willing and able to adjust to your schedule

If you are interested (or have questions) please contact Prof. Michael Weber at weber@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4746. Please send us the times that you will be available to participate.

Thank you so much for your interest in the Rohrbach Library! Your dedication is much appreciated.

Flipster Database Trial

By Jessica Serenti

The Rohrbach Library has just added a new database trial for patrons to use. Flipster, produced by EBSCO, offer s a digital magazineflipster subscription that patrons can access on a computer or mobile device on and off campus. The database includes the most recent issue and several past issues of each magazine. Popular magazine titles include Time, People, Food Network, Entrepreneur, and Esquire. Patrons can browse through the seventeen categories on the database home page or search by a title or subject in the search box. The categories include:

  • Automotive
  • Business
  • Consumer Reports
  • Entertainment
  • Family and Kids
  • Fitness and Health
  • Food and Cooking
  • Hobbies, Interests, and DIY
  • Home and Garden
  • Lifestyle
  • Men’s Interests
  • News and Politics
  • Science and Technology
  • Sports
  • Teens
  • Travel
  • Women’s Interests

Students and faculty can access Flipster through the library’s website by clicking on the “Find Information” tab and going to the “Articles and Databases” link. Once there, look for the link titled “Database Trials” underneath the heading “Other Tools.” The trial ends on November 21, 2014. Please contact librarian Bob Flatley at flatley@kutztown.edu with any questions or concerns about the database trials.

Ebola: The Search for a Cure Added to Films On Demand

By Jessica Serrenti

Films on Demand recently added to its collection a special episode of BBC’s Horizon titled “Ebola: The Search for A Cure.” The episode follows doctors and scientists from around the world as they try to find a cure for Ebola and shows first-hand accounts of the people who caught and survived the infectious disease.

Students can access the episode by clicking on the link above or can visit Films on Demand’s website to find and watch related videos. If off campus, students will be prompted to use their KU login information to sign in.

For more information on Films on Demand, contact Bob Flatley at flately@kutztown.edu.

Happy Leif Erikson Day

By Jessica Serrenti

Each year, the president of the United States proclaims October 9 Leif Erikson Day. But who was Leif Erikson and why do we have a day in his honor? We searched EBSCOhost’s Academic Search Complete, the Gale Virtual Reference Library, and Films on Demand to find the answers.

According to Michael Lemonick and Andrea Dorfman’s article titled “The Amazing Vikings,” Leif Eriksson first came to North America in the 13th century and established a settlement called Vinland (Land of Wine) for the wild grapes that grew there in what is now Parks Canada. The settlement did not stay in North America for long, but did leave behind archeological evidence. Leif Eriksson is recognized as one of the first founders of the Americas before Christopher Columbus. Parks Canada has many national parks and museums today to preserve artifacts from the settlement. Check out their website to learn more about Leif Eriksson and see pictures of Vinland.

Today, we celebrate Leif Erikson Day to remember the first Nordic-American immigrants. It is also a day to remember the immigrants who sailed from their home in Norway to New York City in 1825. To learn more about the early lives of the Norwegian American immigrants, click on the link to Films on Demands’s video titled “Go West, Young Man.” 

Gale Virtual Reference Library offers a biography of Leif Eriksson’s life in the World Eras Encyclopedia Volume 4. Click on the link to view the book’s pages.

Now you can go impress your professors and friends with the history you learned about Leif Erikson Day. Enjoy your day!

Rohrbach Library: The One-Stop Shop for Social Work Research

By Jessica Serrenti

Social work majors and minors only have to look one place for all their research paper needs. The Rohrbach Library offers general and social work specific databases accessible on and off campus. When signing into a database off campus, students should use their KU login information. The general research databases cover a large variety of subjects, but can be limited to social work using keywords and filters. Students can access these databases through the links provided below or by visiting the library’s website underneath the tab “Research Tools.”

The database provides information on a large selection of topics and includes nearly 4,000 peer-reviewed journals.

ProQuest includes full-texts of many scholarly journals. Subject coverage is different from EBSCO.

This database provides full-text documents from over 5,900 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications.

JSTOR offers full-text journals in the social sciences and humanities.

The collection contains full-text coverage of nearly 1,000 newspapers including the New York Times and USA Today.

The library also offers four social work specific databases. They can be accessed through the links provided below or through the library’s website. Students can search for databases by subject, journal, or name.

This database includes more than 450 journals in all areas of the profession such as theory and practice, social issues, and social problems.

The index covers full texts of books, coverage journals, monographs, and conference papers dating from 1895 to present day.

PsycArticles provides articles on current issues in psychology dating from 1988 to present. It also includes more than 25,000 articles published by the American Psychological Assocation and related organizations.

The abstracts provide coverage of major journals in criminology from 1968 to the present and include reports from government and nongovernmental agencies.

LibGuides are another research tool students can use to find books, databases, and online sources related to their field of study. Social work LibGuides are available on the LibGuide homepage. Search by the label SWK for social work or by the librarian who created the guides. For more information on the social work LibGuides or research tools, contact librarian Sylvia Pham at spham@kutztown.edu.

Reference librarians are also available to help find resources. Students can visit the library to talk in person or call/text their questions to a librarian at 610-683-4165.

Nearly 30,000 Resources Offered for Education Majors

By Jessica Serrenti

The Rohrbach Library has dedicated an entire section of the ground floor just for future educators. The Curriculum Materials Center, located to the right of the maps and government section, provides books, kits, and access to online databases. The library science collection contains children’s and young adult books as well as fiction, nonfiction, and biographies. Education majors can also use the CMC’s kits to create lesson plans or interactive games for their classroom projects or when student teaching.

Librarian Karen Wanamaker oversees the CMC collection and has her office nearby to help students find the resources they need. She has also created LibGuides to help education majors find resources online and in the library. Students can access education LibGuides by visiting the LibGuide homepage and search Karen Wanamaker’s name to see the list.

Currently, there are five online databases for education research. To access these databases, students can click on the links provided below or go through the library’s website. At the homepage, they can be found underneath the tab “Research Tools.” Students can search by subject, journal, or name to find a database. If off campus, the database will prompt students to sign in with their KU login information.

This EBSCO database is the alternative to Academic Search Complete when searching for education-related topics.

The CLCD offers children’s literature titles and reviews that can be searched by a keyword and limited to factors such as age, grade, reading level, and genre.

This resource allows education majors to create lesson plans, curriculum calendars, quizzes, and printable templates. It also provides interactive games for students to use in the classroom that are geared towards a variety of subjects.

The database provides full-length videos for grades kindergarten through twelve that  can be downloaded and streamed directly for use in the classrooms.

ERIC offers journals and references in all areas of education with approximately 1,000,000 indexed articles.

For more information on the CMC’s resources or education databases, contact Karen Wanamaker at kwanamak@kutztown.edu or visit her office on the ground floor of the library, room 21.


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