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Library Information

Doing Research (Finding articles, etc.)

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Computers & Printing

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Library Information: How do I...

Q: Find the library's hours?

A: Library hours are posted on the LR&TS hours page.

Q: View a map of the library?

A: Maps of the library can be found at http://lrts.stcloudstate.edu/about/buildingmaps/default.asp.

Q: Use the library if I'm not a student at SCSU?

A: Community patrons can borrow library materials by requesting a barcode at the Circulation Desk located on the 1st floor of the library. You will need to present a Minnesota state issued ID and provide contact information. In order to use a computer in the library, community patrons need to obtain a Community Patron UserID. To get your UserID, go to 2nd Floor East Computer Lab Consultant Information Desk and fill out a Request Form with a valid government issued ID with a photo.

Q: Find the current magazines/newspapers/journals?

A: Current periodicals and newspapers are located on the first floor of the library (see map) and are shelved in alphabetical order by title.  Most titles will have the current and previous year on the shelves. 

Q: Find the theses and starred papers?

A: The theses and starred papers are located in the basement to the right (see map).  Search the MnPALS Theses Collection, a subset of MnPALS, by keyword or subject to find the call number of a particular thesis or starred paper.

Q: Find novels/popular fiction/recreational reading?

A: The library does not have a fiction section that's easy to browse because the books are classified as literature. Instead use the Books and more search (MnPALS) to look up your favorite authors or titles. Alternatively, you can check out the New Fiction shelving near the Circulation Desk and the Free Book Exchange near the Reference Desk, both on the first floor of the library. 

Q: Contact the lost and found?

A: The lost and found is at the Circulation Desk. Stop by or call 320-308-3083.

Q: Locate a typewriter?

A: There is a typewriter in the first floor copy room.

Q: Get help with the photocopier?

A: Ask at the Periodicals desk on the first floor for help with the photocopiers (see map).

Q: Put money on my id or print card for copies and printing?

A: There are two machines, one is in the coffee shop on the first floor, and the other is on the north wall in the computer lab on the second floor. 

Q: Get an escort when I leave the library?

A: Contact Public Safety (308-3333). They will come when called to assist anyone requesting an escort.

Q: Get help with library jargon/terminology?

A: There are many web pages with definitions for confusing library jargon such as abstract, citation, call number, bibliography, periodical and more.

Doing Research (finding articles, etc.): How do I...

Q: Start researching?

A: Do you have your topic? If not, try our How to Find Hot Topics page.

Library Subject Guides are a great starting point once you have selected your topic. They provide key resources (both print and online) to help you start research in a wide variety of academic subjects (i.e. education, biology, business, etc.). Library Subject Guides are librarian-created guides with article databases, encyclopedias, Web sites and more. If you have any questions about doing research, please Ask a Librarian.

Another great tool is the Assignment Calculator. Just enter your due date and subject and the Assignment Calculator will break down your research and writing process into 12 easy steps to help you stay on schedule. You can get email reminders and get tips for each step.

Q: Find books?

A: Books are organized by LC (Library of Congress Classification) call numbers. You can find the call number for a book by using the library catalog, MnPALS.
Call numbers starting with:

Q: Find scholarly articles?

A: To search for an article: (more info with screenshots)

  • Click on the Articles and databases tab under Library Search.
  • Type in keywords that describe your topic (take out words like if, in, on, is, to, etc.). Use AND to combine different topics and use OR to search for synonyms. It is also helpful to think of other ways to describe your topic such as (teen or adolescent).
  • Look at your results. Are they helpful? If not, try to change your keywords. Once you find articles on your topic look through the first few pages of results (the best article is not necessarily the first one) and pick articles that look relevant to your topic.
  • Look for links to HTML Fulltext, PDF Fulltext, or click the FindIt! button FindIt! button to locate the full article.

Q: Recognize the difference between a scholarly journal and a popular magazine?

A: Scholarly journals are also called academic, refereed, research-based, peer-reviewed or scientific articles. These usually have:

• Little or no graphics, photos, advertisements, etc.
• Lengthy articles
• Citations (footnotes) and/or a bibliography (list of works used)
• Author’s name and credentials
• Specialized language
• Titles with words like Journal, Bulletin, Review, Quarterly, etc

Popular magazines (e.g., Time, Newsweek) and newspapers are not scholarly and lack most of the above characteristics (see a comparison chart).

Q: Cite my sources and create a bibliography in APA, MLA, etc.?

A: The library has many copies of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, and other style manuals in the Ready Reference collection near the Reference Desk on the first floor. Also try our Citation Styles (APA, MLA, etc.) page or RefWorks. You can also Ask a Librarian for assistance or get more help at the Write Place.

Q: Use RefWorks? RefWorks

A: RefWorks is a Web-based program that can format your bibliography in seconds.  First, add journal articles and books to your RefWorks account as you conduct your research. Then, use RefWorks as you write your paper to automatically format the references both within your paper (in-text citations) and in your bibliography. You can choose from over 250 output styles including APA, MLA, Chicago, etc. You must create your account using an on-campus computer and then you are able to access it from anywhere. See RefWorks Help for more information.

Q: Get a book or article that the SCSU library does not own?

A: Students, faculty, and staff at SCSU may request copies of articles and books that SCSU does not own using Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Just fill out the online request form (using your 14-digit bar code from the back of your id). In most cases, articles will be delivered to you via email or pick up your item at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. LR&TS provides this service at no direct cost to you. To request resources through ILL:

Q: Access the library's databases and electronic journals from off campus?

A: Off-campus access to the library's online subscription databases is available to SCSU students, faculty and staff. When you link from the LR&TS Web page to a subscription database from off-campus, you will be asked to enter your HuskyNetID and password. You will have access to all of the SCSU library databases, electronic journals and material you can access from on campus. For additional information, read the Library Proxy FAQ.

If you experience difficulties accessing subscription services from off campus, please contact the HelpDesk, (320) 308-2077 or helpdesk@stcloudstate.edu. The HelpDesk is located in Miller Center B43 (library basement).

Q: Find out if the library owns a specific magazine, journal, or newspaper?

A: Use the Journal and Newspaper Titles link under the Articles and databases tab. Enter the title of the journal, magazine or newspaper to find out if the library has an online, print, or microfilm/microfiche subscription to that title. Ask A Librarian if you have questions. Current print journals and magazines and newspapers are located on the first floor of the library (see map) and are shelved in alphabetical order by title. Most titles will have the current and previous year on the shelves. 

Q: Find a government document?

A: St. Cloud State University is a partial depository for U.S. government documents as well as State of Minnesota documents. To search, use the Advanced search under the Books and more (MnPALS Plus) tab and choose “Government Documents” from the “Library to search” pull down menu. Also try our guide to the Government Document Collection. Call numbers (SuDoc) starting with:

Borrowing Materials (books, videos, etc.): How do I...

Q: Check out books and other materials?

A: You can check out materials at the Circulation desk on the first floor of the library. A current St. Cloud State University ID or a Minnesota Driver's License with an LR&TS barcode is required to borrow any materials. In addition, any student or faculty with a barcoded ID from other MnSCU/PALS member institutions may borrow circulating print resources.

Q: Find out how long I can keep my checked-out materials?

A: Students and community residents may borrow books for 4 weeks and renew books once. Graduate students automatically have a 4 week borrowing period, but may apply at the Circulation desk for an 8 week borrowing period plus one renewal. Faculty may borrow books for one academic semester and renew as necessary, up to 5 times. Available nonprint resources include various audio/video equipment, DVDs, CDs, etc. can be checked out for 3 days.

Q: Renew items?

A: To renew items, you need to access your borrowing record. To do this:

  • Click on View/Renew Items under Quick Links
  • Login using your library barcode (14-digit barcode number on back of campus ID) and password (usually your last name, up to eight letters)

Q: See what I have checked out?

A: To see what you have checked out, you need to access your borrowing record. To do this:

  • Click on View/Renew Items under Quick Links
  • Login using your library barcode (14-digit barcode number on back of campus ID) and password (usually your last name, up to eight letters)

Q: Find movies?

A: Search the MnPALS Media Collection, a subset of the Books and more (MnPALS) search.

  • If you are looking for movies on a topic, enter some keywords in the search box and click Search.
  • If you are looking for a specific movie or film, Select Search Type: Title begins with..., type in the title of the movie or film and click Search.
  • If you are looking for entertainment movies, do a keyword search for "feature films" (using the quotation marks), add keywords if you choose, and click Search.

Write down the call number for the movie and take it to the Circulation desk to check out the item. Let the staff know if it is a DVD or video.

Q: Check out DVDs, videos, movies, CDs, etc.?

A: All DVDs, videos, CDs, etc. are kept behind the Circulation desk on the first floor. You must search the MnPALS Media Collection, a subset of the Books and more (MnPALS) search, for the item. Write down the call number and take it to the Circulation desk. The Circulation staff will retrieve the item and check it out to you. You can check out these items for 3 days.

Q: Look for books at other libraries?

A: From the Library homepage under Library Search Books and more tab, click on the Other Libraries link. From there you can do the following:

  • Search the Great River Regional Library online catalog for materials at the St. Cloud Public Library and other area public libraries.
  • Search MNCAT for materials at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities libraries.
  • Search MnLink for materials in libraries across Minnesota.
  • Search WorldCat for materials in libraries across the US and World.

You can either drive to the library and check it out or use Interlibrary Loan to get it in 3-7 days.

Q: Find Course/Electronic Reserves?

A: Faculty often put course materials on reserve in the library. We have traditional print reserves that you check out from the circulation desk, or electronic reserves that you have access to online with your StarID and password 24/7.

Q: Pay library fines?

A: All fees can be paid at Business Services in the Administrative Services building, AS123.

 

Computers & Printing: How do I...

Q: Use the computers if I'm not an SCSU student or employee?

A: In order to use a computer in the library, community patrons need to obtain a Community Patron UserID. To get your UserID, go to 2nd Floor East Computer Lab Consultant Information Desk and fill out a Request Form with a valid government issued ID with a photo.

Q: Use my 3.5 inch floppy disk?

A: The computers in the library no longer have these drives. Instead you have to check out a disk drive from the second floor computer help desk. We also recommend using your FileSpace or a flash drive instead of a disk. Students each receive 500Mb of file space which can be accessed from on or off campus. In addition, this space is backed up nightly on the campus servers.

Q: Print from a workstation?

A: From a library workstation, click print in your browser or click the print button. Then, go to one of the printers in the library to retrieve your print job. Printers are available in the library on the first floor near the reference desk and in the extended hours lab, and on the second and third floors in the computer labs. At the printer, touch the screen and login using your StarID and password. Then slide your campus ID card and select the print job(s) you want to print. Your print jobs will stay in the system for 90 minutes. Every student gets 200 black and white printed sheets each semester. To print more or to photocopy simply add money to your card. Printing is four cents per page.

Q: Print PowerPoint slides?

A: To print multiple slides on one sheet, go to File>Print. Then use the “Print What” drop down menu in lower left side of the Print dialogue box to select “Handouts,”  then choose how many slides you would like on a page in the box to the right (1, 2, 4, 6, 9). 

Q: Print multiple PowerPoint slides on a page from D2L?

A: To print multiple slides on one page from D2L, you have to save the file into your Filespace or onto the desktop. (Click Save in dialogue box). Next open up your file in PowerPoint. Next go to File>Print. Then use the “Print What” drop down menu in lower left side of the Print dialogue box to select “Handouts,”  then choose how many slides you would like on a page in the box to the right (1, 2, 4, 6, 9) in the dialogue box.

You can also print multi-screen pages if the PPT is displayed in PDF format, using the Print dialogs in Acrobat.

Q: Print in color?

A: When you print from a workstation within the library, select MC201CLR on huskyprint from the print menu. You can pick up your color prints in the second floor computer lab. Ask the computer lab consultant on the second floor for assistance.

Q: Print double/2-sided pages?

A: Two-sided (duplex) printing is now the default in most General Access Labs on campus. You still have the option of one-sided printing in all of these labs.

Q: Make transparencies?

A: When you print from a workstation within the library, change the printer selection in the print menu. Use MC201BWTRANS on huskyprint for black and white transparencies or MC201CLRTRANS on huskyprint for color transparencies. You can pick up your transparencies in the second floor computer lab. Ask the computer lab consultant on the second floor for assistance.

Q: Find out how much printing costs?

A: For more information ask the computer lab consultant on the second floor for assistance.

  • Black and white, single sided: 4 cents
  • Black and white, double-sided: 7 cents
  • Color, (8.5 x 11) : 25 cents
  • Color, (11 x 17) : 50 cents
  • Transparencies, black and white: 40 cents
  • Transparencies, color: $1.25

Q: Get help with my computer/laptop?

A: The computer Help Desk in the basement of the Miller Center offers support campus wide (see map).

Q: Check out a laptop?

A: The Circulation Desk on the 1st Floor of the library has laptops available for 1-day or 7-day checkout for students. All laptops are first come, first served but students can put their names on a waiting list for the 7-day laptops. Contact the Circulation Desk at (320) 308-3083 or stop by to do this.

Q: Print from a laptop?

A: Follow these installation instructions for printing from open data jacks and wireless connections:

Windows: http://huskynet.stcloudstate.edu/computers/printingWin.asp
Macintosh: http://huskynet.stcloudstate.edu/computers/printingMac.asp

If you have any questions ask the Help Desk

Q: Find open computers on campus?

A: The large LCD screen in the foyer of the library has a display that tells you what computers are available in the library. Or check Lab Seats.

Q: Find Mac computers?

A: Macintosh computers are available in the second floor East computer lab.

Q: Find a scanner?

A: Scanners are available in the second floor East computer lab.

 

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