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Quick Tips 2010

Search Multiple Databases at Once with CrossSearch

January 2010

CrossSearch is a federated search product that lets you search multiple databases from one interface. You can search CrossSearch by subject area or you can select the databases you want to search from the list of available connections.

To select the databases you want to search:

  • Access CrossSearch from the Geisel Library homepage
  • Click the "Search by Database" link
  • Check the boxes before the databases you want to search simultaneously
  • Enter your search terms in the search box (the database defaults to search for your terms in the title of articles, feel free to change the drop-down menu to limit your search to other fields)
  • Click "Search"
  • Search results will then appear.  To locate the full text, click on the title of the article.  You will then be brought to the database in which the citation was originally found.  From here you can use WebBridge to locate the full text of the article.

For more information on CrossSearch contact watch our CrossSearch video tutorial.


Locate and Link to Full Text Ebooks with Google Books

February 2010

Working with libraries and publishers in the United States and abroad, Google has digitized well over a million books and has made them searchable and, in some cases, downloadable through Google Books. Items that are available in full text include works that were published before copyright, orphan works, or works that are no longer copyright protected. Examples of unique content include letters, diaries, narratives, illustrations, and pictorial histories.

To limit Google Book searches to freely available books:

  • Click on "Advanced Book Search"
  • Enter in your search terms
  • Select the "Full View Only" radio button
  • Click Search, the search results will then be limited to titles that are available in their entirety

If you would like to link to a book through Blackboard:

  • Click on the cover image of the book in the upper left side of the screen
  • Click the "Link" icon in the upper right side of the screen
  • Copy and paste the URL found in the "Paste Link" box into Blackboard

Individual chapters and pages can also be linked to through Blackboard by clicking on the page and then following the above directions.


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Link to Library Research Resources in Blackboard

March 2010

As we enter the second half of the semester student research projects start kicking into high gear. To assist your students in the research process Geisel Library has created a variety of research help pages for students to utilize, all of which can easily be linked to through Blackboard.

On our Research Help page, you will find guides directing students to a variety of research resources including how to find statistics, government documents, and current events, as well as video tutorials on how to use key library tools and resources.

Our subject guides highlight key resources for students to use when doing research within specific disciplines, these are always helpful resources to get students started in the research process.

We have also created a How to Cite Your Sources page that lists print and web-based tools that can assist students in creating citations.

Also, if students need one-on-one research assistance they can use our Ask a Librarian email to ask a question or to set up an appointment with one of our library liaisons.


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Top Five Favorite Google Search Features

April 2010

This month's Quick Tip highlights some of the best advanced search features that Google has to offer.

  1. Advanced Google Image Search
    Searching for images can be a pretty daunting task, especially if you have a very specific need in mind. Google makes it easier with their advanced image search features. Some ways that you can limit your image search include limiting to images from news organizations, limiting by type such as photographs or line drawings, and even limiting by color.
  2. Google News Archive Search
    There are two great features in the Google News Archive Search. First is the ability to trace the popularity of a topic in the news. To do so, simply run a keyword search and then examine the timeline on the search results screen to track the popularity of a topic in the news. You can then use the timeline to narrow your search results to specific time periods. The second feature is to limit your search results to free articles. To limit your search to free articles click on "Advanced Archive Search" and select "No Price" from the Price drop-down menu (if you see an article that you want that costs money check Journal Finder to see if the library already owns the title; if we don't own it, feel free to place an Interlibrary Loan request).
  3. Google Books Magazine Search
    Google Books has expanded beyond the book to include magazines. Titles of note include LIFE, The Crisis, Popular Science and for fun, Weekly World News. To limit your Google Books search to their collection of magazines simply choose "Magazines" off of the Google Book homepage or run a keyword search and choose the magazine limiter on the search results page.
  4. Exporting Citations into EndNote
    You can export citations that you find in Google Scholar into your EndNote library.  To activate this feature, click on "Scholar Preferences" and then scroll down to the "Bibliography Manager" section to select EndNote from the drop-down menu of available citation managers.  When you run your next search, you'll see an "Import into EndNote" link below each item in the results list.  Click on this link to export the citation to EndNote.
  5. The File Type Limiter in Google Search
    To locate reports or documents published as PDFs on the web click on "Advanced Search" and then select PDF from the "File Type" drop-down menu. You can limit to other file types besides PDFs including Excel files, PowerPoint presentations, and Flash animation.

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Identify Publishers for Article and Manuscript Submission

September 2010

Geisel Library has a number of resources that will help you identify publishers for article and manuscript submission.

The following four reference titles are available at the Reference Desk and can be used to identify publishers and journals that publish research in your discipline or subject area.

     The Literary Market Place
     PN161 .L5 (2 volumes)

     The International Literary Market Place
     Z291.5 .I5

     Ulrich's Periodical Directory
     PN4699 .U5 (4 vols.)

     Writer's Market
     PN161 .W83

Then use Journal Finder to see if the library has full text access to that journal so that you can view previous submissions.

Finally, to format your paper in the citation style required by the publisher try using EndNote.


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Interlibrary Loan Chapter Requests

October 2010

Did you know that you can place interlibrary loan requests for individual chapters? Rather than requesting an entire book when you only need a chapter, try placing an interlibrary loan chapter request. Chapter requests are processed electronically and are made available to you as PDF documents. As a result, you get your hands on the material you need faster and you can access, download, and print it right from your computer!

To do so:

  • Search WorldCat for the book containing your needed chapter
  • Click on the title of the book to get into the book record<
  • Click on the "Request via Interlibrary Loan" link
  • Log into ILLiad
  • In the "Comments" field state that you are making a chapter request and enter in the name of the chapter
  • Then click "Submit"

You can also manually place a chapter request by logging into ILLiad and then clicking on "Book Chapter" under the New Request heading. You will need to fill out all of the fields marked with a red asterisk.


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Find and Read Journal Articles on your Smartphone

November 2010

If you have a Smartphone such as the Android, Blackberry, or iPhone, you probably appreciate the ability to access a wide range of information from wherever you are. Not to be left out, providers of library research databases have started creating new interfaces that are mobile-compatible.

The first into the pool was EBSCO, whose platform is used to search popular databases like Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, MLA, PsycINFO, and SocINDEX. Check out their new mobile-friendly interface, which allows you to not only search for articles but open and read them in full-text, right on your phone. If you'd rather not read on your phone, you can use the Email feature in the interface to send yourself the full-text articles that you find.

To access "EBSCO Mobile", open this email on your Smartphone and click the link below. You'll be asked to authenticate by entering your last name and the S-number on the back of your faculty ID, just as when you log into library databases from off-campus. You may want to bookmark this page for future use:

EBSCO Mobile

Give this a try if you're traveling during Thanksgiving or the holidays and feel like catching up on some research.


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News Category Searching in LexisNexis

December 2010

LexisNexis is one of our go-to resources for locating news articles. In addition to domestic English language newspaper articles it is one of the few resources that contain the full text to radio and television transcripts, foreign language newspapers, and college and university news sources. This unique content can be overshadowed by the search results coming from the over 1,000 English language newspapers and newswires in its collection.

To limit your searches to this unique content click on "News" in the left side navigation menu.

From here you can choose to limit your searches to specific publication type categories including, radio and television transcripts, foreign language newspapers, and college and university news sources.

Each of these categories has unique limiters so be sure to make the most of the limiters available to you in each of the category searches.


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