Thursday, December 2, 2010

Help For Citations and Reference Lists

End of semester means it's time to compile reference lists for your final projects and papers. Here are some reference and citation tips:
1. Consider using these Citation Guides from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue:

These guides cover most situations with examples after which you can pattern your own citations and references.

2. Special situations may not be covered in the guides. In those cases, visit the Reference Desk to consult the actual citation rules. The most recent editions of both the MLA Handbook and the APA Publication Manual are behind the Reference Desk on Reserve.

3. The citations provided by databases like EBSCO and ProQuest are not always formatted correctly. There are other citation creation services available for free online, like Citation Machine, which are not always correct. You should use these services with caution, and check their work against either the OWL guide or the actual citation manual.

4. Remember, if you don't cite your sources, you are plagiarizing, and plagiarism comes with stiff penalties.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

What are Peer Reviewed Articles?

What is a peer reviewed article? How do I know the article I have is peer reviewed?

Click on the image below to find out what they are, how to search for them, and how to recognize them:

Friday, October 29, 2010

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that can help you get materials that you can't get immediately through the CLICnet library catalog or in full-text through Concordia's subscription databases. The main uses are 1) when you can't find the full-text of an article in the library's databases (more on that in a second) or 2) when you can't find library materials (e.g.: books, CDs) in the CLICnet catalog.

If at first you don't find full-text while searching a database, try the Get It button when available to find full text. Clicking the Get It button will automatically search to see if the full-text is available in the rest of the CSP Library databases. If it isn't, a screen will suggest you submit a journal article request form through Interlibrary Loan. See screenshot below:

The journal article request form links you into CLICnet, and prompts you for your name and barcode number. Simply enter your name, first and then last (if that doesn't work, try your last name only), and then your barcode from your Concordia ID. This is not the L Number, but the 14-digit number below the barcode which starts with a 2.

Interlibrary Loan is also available for Books and Book chapters, ERIC documents, Theses and Dissertations, and Conference Proceedings which aren’t available via the CLICnet Catalog. Those forms are available at the following URL:

Interlibrary Loan requests can take anywhere from a handful of days to 2 weeks to be filled, so don’t submit a request if you have a short deadline because the material will not arrive in time. ILL service is most valuable to people who start their projects early and research in advance.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Get It

Look for the new Get It button in databases. It shows up when a search result is only available as a citation. It is currently active in EBSCO and ProQuest databases, and will soon be embedded in others. But what happens when you click on it?

First, it checks to see if the full text for the article in question is available either in other databases that the library subscribes to, or in the library's physical holdings.

If the full text is available, the pop-up screen will say Content is available via the following links:

If the full text is not available elsewhere in the CSP Library's databases, the pop-up screen will say Sorry, no holdings were found for this journal. If your above search was not successful, try InterLibrary Loan:

Now, click on the Journal article request form link. A pop-up will open into CLICnet, asking for your name and barcode. Enter your First and Last names separated by a space (if that gives you trouble, try your last name only). Enter your barcode number as found underneath the barcode on your Concordia ID. It starts with the numbers 205 and is 14 digits long. This is not your L Number.

Interlibrary Loan requests can take anywhere from a handful of days to 2 weeks to be filled, so don't submit a request if you have a short deadline because the material will not arrive in time. ILL is also available for Books and Book chapters, ERIC documents, Theses and Dissertations, and Conference Proceedings which aren't available via the CLICnet Catalog. Those forms are available at the following URL:

Friday, October 8, 2010

Library Hours During Fall Break

Beginning Wednesday October 13th, the library will be open for a reduced number of hours for Fall Break:

-Wednesday: 7:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
-Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
-Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
-Sunday: 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Regular library hours will resume on Monday, October 18th.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chat Reference

In addition to getting help in person, over the phone, and via email, you can also chat with a reference librarian during normal reference hours.

Mon.-Thurs.: 10-8 | Fri.: 10-5 | Sa.t: 12-5 | Sun.: 4-8

Available from the Chat links on the CSP Library Home Page, or directly at the following URL:

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Group Study Room Policy

Starting Monday, August 30th, library staff will once again be monitoring the 4 Group Study Rooms on the main floor of the library. Here are the rules:
Sign up with your group members at the Reference Desk
2 person minimum – Single persons will be asked to study elsewhere, no exceptions
2 hour time limits per group
CSP students have priority

This policy is to ensure that everyone has a fair chance of using the study rooms. There are plenty of areas for single-person study on the main and lower levels in chairs and study carrels, and there are 4 Individual Study Rooms directly across the hall from the Group Study Rooms which are not monitored.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Subject Guides Are Here!

The Library is excited to roll out its newly designed Subject Guides. Not only do they have a clean new look, but they have been reorganized to make it easier to know where to start your research on a particular topic. Some new features of the Subject Guides include:

  • - Suggested database lists are shorter, giving you a better idea where to start your research
  • - Easier navigation by tabs to different areas (Articles, Books, Citation Guides, etc.)
  • - Find materials newly added to the CSP Library in a particular subject
  • - Follow the newest news and research in your field via automatically updated RSS feeds
  • - Look for tabs with content specific to your subject
  • - Some subject areas have guides for specific classes
  • - Get in touch with the library liaison in your area
  • - All Subject Guides are available in one location:

We are very excited to serve you this academic year. Let us know what we can do to help you in your research process, whether it be orienting yourself to the library's resources, conducting "pre-search" on a topic, finding reliable Web sites, tweaking search terms, locating a full-text article from a citation, or anything else you may need along the way.

Important Library Passwords

To login to CLICnet, the library catalog, your username is your first and last name with a space between them. Your password is your library barcode. Your barcode is the 14 digit number on your CSP ID that begins with the number 2 - Not Your L Number. Common uses for CLICnet include requesting books from other campuses, viewing online Course Reserves, or renewing books online.

To login to databases from off-campus, your username and password are the same as your network login which you use to login to the Student Portal. If your network login isn't allowing you to use databases from off-campus or login to the Student Portal, contact the Help Desk.

The library catalog and the subscription databases are two different systems. These are the only two logins needed to use library services.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Welcome Week: Library Hours

Welcome Week (August 22 - 29) Library Hours are as follows:
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Regular Academic Year Library Hours begin on Monday, August 30:
Library Hours
Monday - Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Reference Desk Hours
Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Summer Library Hours

Summer is here and that means reduced hours at the library. Here are our hours from May 17th to August 21st:

Monday - Thursday: 9-6

Friday: 9-3

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

We will also be closed for Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays Monday, May 31st and Monday, July 5th. Click here for our Welcome Week hours Sunday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 29th.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Where To Find Our New Books

Want to know what new books and videos you could swing by and pick up from the CSP Library? Simply go to to see a list of our newest adds, each with its own link into the CLICnet catalog. A link will live on the library's home page under the delicious icon (seen to the left). You can limit by discipline tags in the right hand column, and subscribe to RSS feeds at the bottom of pages so you can know when we add a new book in the areas you are interested in.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Medical and Health Databases

Concordia's Medical and Health databases are now conveniently collected together on one Web page.

These include databases meant for health professionals, consumers, and researchers, and run the gamut from general to highly technical. For further assistance, contact

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Three New Trial Databases Are Now Active

The library is happy to announce the activation of three new databases trials. Send feedback to

Global Issues in Context (GALE) - Issues and countries form the core of this product, which uses resources to explain the historical and contemporary conditions necessary to understand global issues, conflicts and events. Global Issues in Context supports research in a wide variety of subject areas, including sociology, current events, civics, politics, science, economics, cultural/religious studies, women’s studies, human rights, English composition and many more. Trial runs through April 9th.

Ethnographic Video Online - Covers the study of human culture and behavior – more than 750 hours and 1,000 films at completion. The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more. This first release includes 226 videos totaling roughly 152 hours. Trial runs through April 3rd.

Women and Social Movements, Scholar's Edition - Includes primary historic documents, books, images, scholarly essays, teaching tools, and book and Web site reviews documents the history of women’s activism in public life, and is one of the most heavily visited resources for women’s studies and for U.S. history on the Web. Organized around document projects written by leading scholars, the collection is a powerful research and classroom tool designed to help users develop the skills needed to analyze primary documents and conduct research. Document projects are organized around interpretive questions, each with 20-50 primary documents that address the question. Trial ends March 31st.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Goodbye, BearHunt

QuickSearch via BearHunt will no longer be available beginning May 1st. There are a number of reasons that the library chose to discontinue this federated search service. Most important, as everyone is tightening their belts, BearHunt came at a substantial cost while offering no new content. Also important, usage was low compared to cost. When it first became available, we were excited to try a federated search, but along with other CLIC libraries and the rest of the library world, we’ve realized that the technology needed to support the idea isn’t quite there yet. The relevancy rankings don’t seem to work correctly or consistently, links were frequently broken, searches executed slowly, and the interface left a lot to be desired. We also felt there was a possibility that it was misleading searchers to think they were searching “everything”, while in fact there are a number of both purchased and freely available resources that aren’t included in a BearHunt search. Also, the search is not complete in that it stops at a predetermined time interval instead of continuing until all searches have had a chance to complete. In the end, BearHunt and federated search as it now exists seems at odds with our mission to teach academic research skills tailored to specific situations and inquiries, using the full breadth of our resources. We will look forward to new federated search products with anticipation, especially if they meet our criteria of completeness and have added-value in their presentation.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

New Resource Credo Reference is a Great Place to Start Your Research

The library is now subscribed to Credo Reference, the premier Reference database on the market. This is a great place to start your research. Here is the title list. It includes concept maps and an image search in addition to the usual encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, quotations, bilingual dictionaries, and measurement conversions. There are also connections which allow you to jump to some of our other database subscriptions once you're ready to do more in depth research. From their Website:
“Credo Reference is a full-text online reference service. Our collection includes over three million entries from hundreds of well-regarded titles from some of world’s the best reference publishers. Credo’s collection is intelligently integrated with millions of cross-references and contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare and law to literature.”

Enter at the URL:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Free Books Available Until Feb 19th

The library has some free books available on the first 2 columns of the first shelf of books facing you as you walk into the library. If you want a shot at them, get them before 5:00 PM on Friday, February 19th, which is the last day they will be available.