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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Research Librarians Available on Sundays

ERIN KATY ROB

Research Librarians will be available 1-9 pm to provide individual research assistance on the following three Sundays:

11/30   Erin Valentino

12/7     Katy Hart

12/14   Rob Walsh

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Reserves: Textbooks and Course Materials

Textbooks on reserve can be checked out for short 2-3 hour loan periods.

Textbooks on reserve can be checked out for short 2-3 hour loan periods.

We know you’re running all day – that’s why we have Course Reserves right at our Circulation Desk for you!

Textbooks, required readings, and even DVDs can be checked out for limited loans, so you can get your work done without leaving the library. Book scanners are available on Level A and Media viewing rooms on Level 1 can be checked out, so you can scan and view what you need for your classes. You’ll be in and out with a lighter load!

You can search through Course Reserves by using the Course Reserves link on the main library page and browsing by professor or course title. Textbooks are listed under course title: LIBR 108-01 Textbook Reserves. If you have any questions, ask online or at the front desk.

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Research Highlight: Web of Science!

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The Library now subscribes to Web of Science, the best known database for cited reference searching.  It includes Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.  The library has just purchased the complete backfiles, so dates of coverage are from 1900-present (SCI, SSCI) and 1975-present (A&HCI).  In addition, our subscription to BIOSIS now runs on this platform.

To find out more about WoS, see this link or contact Jennifer van Sickle, Serials Librarian and Sciences Coordinator (Jennifer.vanSickle@trincoll.edu).

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Credits: Thomson Corporation. Cited Reference Searching: An Introduction. The Thomson Corporation, 2004. Web. 6 February 2014.

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New Spring Course! COLL-220 Research Methods

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Do you want to be great at researching information for your courses? If your answer is yes, then you should take this course.

Information is everywhere. But, let’s face it – it’s not always easy to find the exact information you need, when you need it.

Sign up for this Spring 2014 course and learn the tools and concepts to become an expert researcher!

  • Fridays, 1:15-2:30 pm
  • ½ credit course
  • Useful to ALL majors
  • Taught by librarians

Contact Erin Valentino (erin.valentino@trincoll.edu) in the Library for more information!

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Looking for a Study Spot?

Check out this interactive Library Study Spaces Guide. We have a variety of spaces, suited to everything from silent study to social interaction. Find the space that works for you!

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Research Associates: Apply Now!

Research Associates

Do you love information and research? Do people turn to you for help with research problems because you’re the one who will just figure it out? Would you like to get paid to help other students with their research?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then maybe you’d like to be a Research Associate–a highly trained peer mentor for library research.

Use these links to:

Find out more

Apply to be a Research Associate

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Writing Center Library Location Open

Writing Center Satellite Location on Level A

Writing Center Satellite Location on Level A

 

Starting 9/17, Writing Associates will be available to help with your work in the Library, on Level A, from 4-8 pm. They will be stationed at the old Reference Desk every Tuesday from 4-8 pm, with the Consultation Space available for use. Writing Associates can help you at any stage of your writing, from planning to polishing, and you can either stop by or make an appointment in advance using their online scheduling system at http://trincoll.mywconline.com/.

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Get Class Readings on Reserve

Textbooks on reserve can be checked out for short 2-3 hour loan periods.

Textbooks on reserve can be checked out for short 2-3 hour loan periods.

We know you’re running all day – that’s why we have Course Reserves right at our Circulation Desk for you. These materials include required readings, textbooks, and even DVDs that your professors have placed on reserve for your class. Stop by and check out your assigned material for a short loan. Media viewing rooms on Level 1 can be booked for video materials, and book scanners are on Level A, making it easy to save what you need. You’ll be in and out with a lighter load and freer mind!

You can search through Course Reserves by using the Course Reserves link on the main library page and browsing by professor or course title. Textbooks are listed under course title: LIBR 108-01 TEXTBOOK Reserves. If you have any questions, ask online or at the front desk.

 

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Research Librarian on-call 1-9pm on Sunday

Once again, research librarians have been available the three Sundays before finals.  The librarian on-call for Sunday, May 5th is Erin Valentino. Students are welcome to contact her from 1-9 pm with their assignment/research questions.

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