Department Homepage Gets a Facelift
The Reference homepage has changed. It has been redesigned
and updated by Mary Kate Boyd Byrnes to model Robert
Delaney's Library website. Both sites reflect the new Campus
To begin your research, try one of these links from the left
side of the page:
Find a Book!
Choose a Database!
Search from Home!
What's on Trial?
Locate a Periodical!
Locate a Periodical in a Database! links to Serials
Solutions to find a full-text article online.
Cite it! is the, place to go when you're ready to format your
bibliography. It gives you examples from: APA, MLA, Turabian,
AMA and Chicago styles.
When you need to verify a piece of information, Email
Reference Services can be useful.
In the center of the page are several categories: there are links to
hours and personnel.
To see a list of services and a description of each, click
on Department Services.
Department Publications includes
pathfinders and bibliographies prepared by the Reference
Resources adds a new feature to our website labeled,
Access to Collections. Here you can select databases for a
particular subject, and get a list of relevant periodicals and
reference materials along with their call numbers. It also includes
related LC classification numbers so you can browse the shelves.
You'll also find a link to Internet Resources in our Virtual
Reference Collection, with prescreened websites available 24/7.
The web site is continually evolving with plans to add other
teaching tools and research aids. We invite you to bookmark us at:
Don't forget to check the site regularly for new links and features.
Please feel free to email your comments to us.
We'd like to know what you think!
Latest links for the Virtual Reference
Here are some new links in our Virtual Reference Collection:
Word Spy at http://www.wordspy.com/ presents
recently coined words and phrases, old words that are being used
in new ways, and existing words that have enjoyed a recent
The Center for the Advancement of Ethics and
Character can be accessed at
serves as a resource for administrators, teachers and parents who
are looking for ideas and information on teaching values in the
classroom. One of its missions is to stimulate a national dialogue
on issues of moral education.
This year we taught 78 classes in 13 disciplines, totaling 141
teaching hours. Many were intensive 2-hour graduate classes.
These specialized research sessions covered topics in psychology,
literary criticism, visual arts, speech pathology, information
science, health administration, bilingual education, and many
other academic areas. We've taught more than 1600 students since
the Fall semester. All told, the BI Lab has been used for over 200
library classes, workshops, and orientations sessions since it was
inaugurated in September of 2002.
ReferenceLink In Dialog@CARL
ReferenceLink has now replaced
Dialog@CARL. It is updated daily and provides access to
over 40 newspapers, newswires, and news databases from the Gale
Newsroom Library Edition.
Included in ReferenceLink is the New York
Times (most current 90 days) and Newsday. These
titles were frequently requested in Dialog@CARL.
Also represented in this collection, along with the
ERIC and Medline databases, are titles such as,
Consumer Reports, New England Journal of
Medicine, and the World Intellectual Property
Organization/Patent Cooperation Treaty (WIPO/PCT).
Gale's Twayne's Author Series will also be available.
Whenever you're printing draft copies of documents in
Microsoft Word, there's a quick way to cut down on the
unnecessary use of paper. It involves printing two pages on one
sheet of paper. The text is still very readable, and you've helped
save a tree.
To print two pages on one sheet of paper in Word, simply hit
FILE>PRINT. Once the pop up print menu appears,
find the ZOOM sub-menu located just above the OK and
CANCEL Buttons (see red circle on image). Select 2 pages and
This tip will help minimize the amount of wasted paper and
make your editing more convenient.
We are happy to welcome two new staff members to the
Our new interlibrary loan secretary, Claudette
Allegrezza, brings eleven years of valuable experience in the
Periodicals Department to her new position. She received her
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Post and is presently working
toward her master's degree in the Palmer School.
Amrita Madray returns to Reference after having
worked here as an adjunct faculty member and intern. Her recent
experience in Periodicals and her prior Acquisitions work here
and at Adelphi will enhance her role as a public service librarian.
We welcome them both!
Our T-Time on Tuesday April 29th addressed the topic,
"Moola for Schoola: Grant Writing for the Academic
Library." Development Officers and grant writers-in-residence, Daniel
Leidl and Kitty Rocket, led a seminar in grant writing basics. They
focused on identifying relevant grant-funding institutions,
developing an appropriate timeline for projects, writing a
compelling inquiry letter, components of an energetic proposal,
and grant support guidelines and protocols.
You know the ones - those reference questions that give us
pause, that keep us up at night, that add interesting tidbits to our
little stores of knowledge...
Recently, a faculty member had seen a series of films from
the 1940's, and wondered if the main character had ever been
depicted in a comic book. Using the WorldCat database in FirstSearch,
we found that the title character did indeed appear in a set of
comic books published in the 1950's.
A question arose regarding reports that various state
legislatures have tried to pass laws designating the calculation of
Pi to be set at exactly 3 in order to correspond to biblical
scripture. We found historical references to such an attempt in
Indiana in 1897, and a recent urban legend
naming Alabama. A reading of 1 Kings 7:23 is the apparent scriptural source. In
describing the construction of Solomon's temple, it refers to a
circular basin with a circumference of 30 cubits and a diameter of
10 cubits. The resultant ratio is 3. Exactly...
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