Month: October 2016

New SelfCheck machine in the library

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The Trinity Library has just launched a new 3M™ SelfCheck™ System. Located near the library’s entrance, the SelfCheck machine allows you to check out books quickly and easily.

To use the machine, slide your Trinity ID under the barcode scanner, then slide each book under the barcode scanner. The machine will check the books out to your account and de-sensitize the book’s security strip. Step-by-step instructions are displayed on the screen. Check it out today!

Tip: Getting the Most Out of Google Scholar

Many of us like to use Google Scholar. It is a good supplement to other library research databases and has convenient links to digital copies of articles. When material is freely available GS will show it automatically, but to see articles that Trinity purchases you need to set up GS correctly.  It’s only a few steps and it pays off in convenience and saved time later.

Configure Google Scholar Settings

Find the Settings link at the top of the page in Google Scholar and select Library Links. Here do a search for Trinity College.

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This search will return two matching items to select: Trinity College Library – Online-Trinity College and TRINITY COLLEGE -Proquest Fulltext.

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I also like to search and select Worldcat. With this option you’ll see if Trinity has a print copy of books found in GS. With these two or three options checked save your selections, and then when you search in GS you’ll see a slightly different display.

Display Changes in Google Scholar

Once you’ve configured GS and do a new search you’ll see additional links displayed for Trinity College licensed digital copies on the right side of the display. The example below shows three citations: in the second PDF is shown for licensed digital content available to the Trinity community. This link is only shown when you’ve configured settings for Trinity content.

 

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Other Options

The first citation above has a small More option displayed in the line for citations and related articles. Under More you’ll find another useful function for In print-Trinity College.

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Use In print-Trinity College to request that Trinity Library get a copy for you when you cannot find digital content. This request may take a few days for a print copy to be located and scanned for you.

The configuration changes you’ve made will still be there the next time you use the same browser, provide you have cookies turned on. You don’t need to be on the Trinity network, but you will be routed through the proxy server for the Trinity links to full text. These settings should help make Google Scholar even more useful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Life 1875, from Trinity College Archives

Trinity College dorm room ca. 1875:  William Mather (right, 1877) & Joseph Buffington (left, 1875).  Mather was donor of Trinity College Chapel and his bequest funded Mather Hall!  Buffington created Trinity’s Bantam mascot!  For more like this, visit our Digital Collections page for “Trinity College Archival Photos” and other “Image Collections in Shared Shelf Commons”

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New Resource Trial – Flipster

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During October, the Library is offering trial access to Flipster, an app for reading popular magazines via mobile devices.  For example, you can read  The New Yorker or Rolling Stone cover-to-cover.  There are even printable coloring books!  The app is available via iTunes or Google Play.

Check out further information about Flipster, or try it out now!

First-Year Seminar Library Sessions

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Trinity College Research Librarian Jennifer van Sickle leading a First-Year class discussion.

Each fall, Trinity’s research librarians teach instruction sessions which introduce First-Year students to the research process. Librarians will conduct about forty such sessions this fall. Through these sessions, librarians collaborate with students and their First-Year faculty to engage in lively discussions about the nature of undergraduate research. Students also have an opportunity in the sessions to search for information sources for their seminars’ research-based projects.