Reference Services Round-Up
A new form of online reference is now available: LivePerson,
coordinated by Elizabeth Mezick. This chat service allows the
user to Ask A Librarian a question and receive help online. The
beauty of this kind of reference is that the user and the librarian
can hold an interactive, realtime conversation. So far, questions
have been wide ranging, and the response from students and
faculty has been positive. In some instances we have even sent or
emailed articles directly to the student. If you haven't tried the
new service yet, please do so and give us your feedback
Recently, the Library subscribed to RefWorks, a program that
allows the user to create a personal source list, import references
from the Library's databases, and format bibliographies in seconds.
This will be particularly useful for faculty and graduate research.
Contact Database Coordinator, Wendy Roberts, for further information
In response to faculty requests, we are pleased to announce a
subscription to JSTOR, the scholarly journal archive. This unique
database contains the complete archives of a core of scholarly
journals in a variety of subjects. We currently subscribe to the
Arts and Sciences Collections I and II, accessing over 200 titles.
Full-text articles in this scholarly archive are available on campus
and remotely to students and faculty.
Amrita Madray, our Plagiarism Coordinator, has created a
Plagiarism Guide for LIU Post Faculty, that is part of the
Library's website. Recently she created a Plagiarism Guide for
LIU Post Students. She also gave presentations during freshman
orientation stressing the importance of avoiding plagiarism. Her
hands-on exercises were designed to demonstrate how easy it is to
unknowingly plagiarize. Watch for upcoming programs. For further
information, contact Amrita Madray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online ILL Form
Requests for borrowing Interlibrary Loan material can now be
made online. To access this service go to the Interlibrary Loan page. Questions
about this service? Speak to Louis Pisha at (516) 299-4143.
Reference Adds E-Books
Below are a few of the 29 titles now available online:
- Encyclopedia of Public Relations
- History Behind the Headlines: The Origins of Conflicts Worldwide
- Encyclopedia of Communication and Information
- Child Development
- Modern American Literature Reference Guide to World Literature
- Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
- Countries and Their Cultures
- Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice
- Major Acts of Congress
- Contemporary Novelists
- Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer Encyclopedia of Food and Culture
- Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health
For a complete list of this collection, choose Gale Virtual
Reference Library from the list of databases on the
Use your library barcode to search many of our databases from
With ERes, the Library Electronic Reserve System,
faculty can now place readings on reserve for digital access.
Students can use
ERes to read, download or print course materials from any
computer, using a designated password. Information and
instructions for both students and
faculty are available on the
ERes homepage. Click on Electronic Reserves at the Library
Homepage or call
the Circulation Department at (516) 299-2303.
Ten Trends" highlights the findings of the
University of Southern California's
Annenberg Center for the Digital Future.
Currently in its fourth year, the project investigates the impact of
the Internet on Americans.
A recent Annenberg report outlined the following observations
about Internet usage in America
full pdf report).
- The digital divide is closing, but new divides are emerging.
- The media habits of the nation have changed, and are
continuing to change.
- Internet credibility is dropping.
- The "Geek-Nerd" perception of Internet users is now
considered to be dead.
- Online shopping habits are changing.
- Privacy and security concerns continue.
- The Internet has become the number one source for
- The benefits, and drawbacks of the Internet for children are still
- Email: E-Nuff Already?
- Broadband will change everything, again!
Latest Links for Virtual Reference
The following links have been added to the Virtual Reference
Project Vote Smart,
a citizen's organization providing factual
information about candidates and elected officials. Operating
under the principle that a knowledgeable electorate is essential to
a functioning democracy, the site highlights the following areas:
biographies, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances
and interest group ratings. For more information, or to access Project
Vote Smart go to http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm
Non-Profit Guides offers a
10 Point Grant Writing Guide designed
to help you obtain funds for your organization. Resources include
sample grant applications, funding proposals, and budgets. The
site is designed to guide established and experienced private and
public non-profit organizations through the grant-writing process.
For advice and tips on research go to NonProfit Guides at
On the Shelf
New and interesting additions to the print Reference collection:
- Bailey, Frankie Y. (2004). Famous American Crimes and Trials.
Westport, CT: Praeger. Ref. HV9950.F36 2004
- DiStefano, Anna. (2004). Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning.
CA: Sage Publications. Ref. LC5211.E52 2004
- Gahart, Betty L. (2005). Intravenous Medications: A Handbook
for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals. St. Louis: Mosby.
Ref. RM170.G33 2005
- Kovalchick, Ann. (2004). Education and Technology: An
Encyclopedia. CA: ABC-CLIO. Ref. LB1028.3.E17 2004
- Palmer, Louis 1.(2004). Encyclopedia of DNA and the United
States Criminal Justice System. NC: McFarland & Co. Ref. RA1057.55.P34 2004
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