Feeling stressed the week before finals? Between therapy dog kisses and free pizza at Alumni Pie, the library staff are here to offer the support you need to successfully navigate this hectic time of year.
If you have a final paper due that requires research, the reference librarians are more than happy to help you. You can reach the Reference department in person or by phone, email, chat, or text message. A library staff member or student worker is always available at the Reference Desk when the library is open. Each librarian is a liaison to specific departments on campus. You can access the library liaison directory from the library’s website at library.misericordia.edu. Under the "Research Support" menu, select "Library Liaisons." The librarians are also embedded in many courses within Blackboard. This means that your librarian is working closely with your class and is familiar with your assignments and research requirements. The embedded librarians connect with students in many ways: online using Blackboard and Adobe Connect, during in-person instruction, or in one-on-one meetings.
The library offers many wonderful services to students. The Sister Mary Carmel Archives are housed in the library, and students can set up meetings with the archivist to conduct research. The library collection has many electronic resources. RefWorks, an online citation generator, allows students to easily export the citation information from databases into its system and will create a bibliography for you. Folders within RefWorks allow you to organize the many sources collected for a research project. It is always a best practice to check over these generated citations; citation manuals are readily available in the Reference collection, on the second floor of the library.
There are many databases available to students through the library’s website. This year we have two new databases, ArtStor and Nursing Reference Center Plus. Also new this year is Article Finder, which allows users to search for an article in the library’s collection using citation information. If we do not have a specific article, students may request that item through interlibrary loan. Requested articles are typically emailed as a PDF attachment. Books and other items may be picked up at the Access Services desk on the first floor.
The library offers many other resources to students. In addition to books, students may also check out DVDs, CDs, laptops, iPads, phone chargers, and exercise balls (great for stress relief!). There is also a fax machine, copiers, and a scanner for student use.
Spring workshops are being planned as an opportunity to educate students more on the research process and about library resources. The workshops will be advertised on the portal and on flyers around campus. If you have any suggestions for a workshop, contact us at 570-674-6352 or send a message to [email protected]. The library staff is always happy to serve the students and we encourage you to visit the library often. Best of luck on your finals!
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About the author: Lisa Galico, MLS, MA, is the Head of Reference and Outreach at the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library. She serves as liaison to English, Fine Arts, History, Communications, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, as well as to Center for Adult Continuing Education and the Bridge program through the Student Success Center.