Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Q & A with a Library Student Worker: Priscilla Rivera

Hometown: Hatillo, Puerto Rico
Major: Child Psychology, Class of 2018

What drew you to work in the library?
My first couple days here I was really lost. I came into the library and asked a student worker for help. They were really friendly and open, and I realized I wasn't alone. They gave me directions to where I needed to go, but they also made me feel okay. They reassured me. I realized I wanted to be helping people too.

I also really enjoy books! And I love organizing. I thought, this is the best thing ever - I get paid for doing my OCD!

What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love the paging list. It’s like going on a scavenger hunt in the library! So satisfying.

What surprised you most about moving to Minnesota?
How much snow you got in so little time! And you have a lot of squirrels here. They’re EVERYWHERE. The squirrels in Puerto Rico are more sad looking. They’re white and look like rats. Don’t look at them. The ones here are cute - they have fluffy tails!

What do you miss most about Puerto Rico?
Sitting on my front porch in my hammock watching the sun go down, with the ocean right there. It was part of my ritual each day.

What makes you most excited about being at Concordia?
Getting to take classes for my major, child psychology. I want to work in special education. I know that there’s not that many people out there that can help them. I’ve had friends with special needs and it’s not fair the way they are treated in school and it’s not fair for them to not get the resources they need. For example, someone might want to join the marching band, but they have trouble walking so they aren’t allowed to. But they should be able to! I want to help because special needs students are capable of succeeding.

What’s one of your favorite books? How about a favorite author?
One of my favorite books is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’m a very imaginative person, and it takes my imagination to a different world. And one of my favorite authors is John Green. He just plays with your heart. It’s evil and maniacal of him, but it’s also amazing.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Try Out the PBS Video Collection For a Limited Time

The PBS Video Collection includes hundreds of documentary films and series from the history of the Public Broadcasting Service into one convenient online interface. A core of 245 titles, selected for their high quality and relevance to academic curricula, covers many educational disciplines, including history, science and technology, diversity studies, business, and current events. This collection provides access to the films and series users already know, including Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, and films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.

Direct URL: http://ezproxy.csp.edu/login?url=http://search.alexanderstreet.com/pbsv

Trial ends: December 11, 2014

Send feedback and trial ideas to reference@csp.edu.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Trial of Emerald Education eJournal Collection

We are running a trial of the Emerald Education eJournal Collection for the next month, which includes 21 full-text journals. This collection presents global coverage of highly topical areas, including administration, technology, social justice and diversity, and includes key titles like Education + Training and Journal of  Educational Administration. Access this trial at the following URL:  http://www.emeraldinsight.com.ezproxy.csp.edu/

Trail ends: October 8th, 2014.

Below, find instructions on limiting to only the content which we have access to.

1. To see only the content we have access to at the journal title level, go to http://www.emeraldinsight.com.ezproxy.csp.edu/action/showPublications?&userAccess=user

Depending on the browser being used, the user may then have to check the box "Show: Only content I have access to", shown below:

​ 2. To see only content we have access to after performing a search, first go to this URL to perform a search: http://www.emeraldinsight.com.ezproxy.csp.edu/
Perform the search, and then check the box in the right sidebar under Include which says "Only content I have access to" and then click Search to rerun the search.

3. To limit to only content we have access to before searching, go to Advanced Search and check the box under Include which says "Only content I have access to" before submitting your search:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Analyze Local Market Audiences With Our New Resource SRDS

Once you get there, this resource allows you to create custom reports using the data from Nielsen's PRIZM reports. Analyze local variable against lifestyle variables and more! Here are the 3 steps you must follow to access it:

Step 1: Open Internet Explorer. This resource will not function correctly in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or any other Web Browser besides Internet Explorer.

Step 2: Direct URL: http://next.srds.com.ezproxy.csp.edu/nmp?newsess=y

Step 3: Click on "Local Market Audiences" in the left sidebar.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Environment Complete: A Multidisciplinary Resource Covering Environmental Topics

This new multidisciplinary database offers deep coverage in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and affiliated areas of study.  Full text is available for over 1,000 journals.

Direct URL: http://ezproxy.csp.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=eih

Or start your environmental studies at our Subject Guide:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Consumer Behavior and Industry Analysis Just Got Easier With Market Research Academic

This new database of lengthy, narrative-style market research reports compliments the industry reports of IBISWorld very nicely, and also has reports on consumer behaviors and market segments.

Sample reports include:
  • Foodies in the US: 192 page report
  • Non-GMO Foods: Global Market Perspective: 142 page report
  • Wireless Opportunities in Healthcare (The Market for Bluetooth, RFID, Zigbee, UWB WWAN, WMAN, WLAN and other technologies): 200 page report
  • The iPad and Its Owner: Trends and Statistics 2014: 78 page report
  • The African-American Consumer Market, 9th Edition: 142 page report
Access it via this URL: http://ezproxy.csp.edu/login?url=http://www.academic.marketresearch.com

Or start at our Business Management Subject Guide: http://libraryguides.csp.edu/business-graduate

Monday, June 9, 2014

Summon: Your New Search Experience

Summon has replaced WorldCat Local as your new search interface for discovering books, eBooks, peer-reviewed articles, films, music, and other things all at once. The Summon search box can be found on the CSP Library's homepage: http://library.csp.edu. It contains most of our subscribed database content and all of our library holdings from CLICnet (which is scheduled to expire on June 1, 2015).