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Title: Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Library Tutorial

Florida Atlantic University Christine E.
Lynn College of Nursing Library Tutorial
Developed by Ethan Allen MA, MLS John D.
MacArthur Campus Library Susan Borglund PhD,
RN Assistant Professor Christine E. Lynn College
of Nursing
Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • The Research Process/TILT
  • Online Access to the FAU Libraries
  • The Nursing Resource Page
  • Finding and Getting Books
  • Finding Journal Articles
  • Additional Library Resources
  • Glossary
  • Throughout the tutorial, a single click on an
    underlined blue word or
  • phrase will take you either to the Glossary or a

  • The purpose of this tutorial is to provide
    information on the online resources and services
    available through the Florida Atlantic University
    Library System. Although some online classes may
    have an assignment attached to the tutorial,
    everyone using the tutorial is encouraged to
    complete the hands on directions contained
    within the tutorial.

In This Tutorial You Will Learn
  • The library research process through an
    information literacy tutorial by the University
    of Texas.
  • About the resources services provided by the
    Florida Atlantic University Libraries.
  • To locate books using Florida Atlantic
    Universitys book catalog.
  • To locate academic journal articles using two
    nursing databases, CINAHL and OVID.
  • Library terminology associated with the search

More Information
  • The book catalog and databases reviewed in this
    tutorial are for the entire Florida Atlantic
    University Library System.
  • A Nursing Resource page, developed by the
    librarians on the FAU Jupiter campus, contains
    the major links referred to in this tutorial. The
    link to the Nursing Resource page is
  • Additional information about library resources
    for FAUs distance learners is at

Getting The Most Out Of This Tutorial
  • On your first use of this tutorial, we recommend
    that you read through all the slides before going
    to any of the links.
  • When you see
  • you will be asked to complete an activity.
  • Lets get started.

The Research Process
The Research Process
  • Writing a scholarly paper usually requires
    references from the academic and/or professional
  • Getting the best references requires information
    literacy, which includes knowing
  • how to search the literature for the most recent
    and best information on your topic, and
  • how to use a library to obtain the articles and
    books desired.

Information Literacy
  • Information Literacy is defined as the ability to
    find, use, and evaluate information.
  • TILT is a information literacy tutorial produced
    by the University of Texas. Through TILT you can
    learn the basics of the library research
  • The tutorial generally takes about an hour to
    complete. Follow your professors directions for
    forwarding your answers to the quiz at the end of
    each of the four modules.

Access to TILT
  • TILT is accessed via the Internet. As a result,
    it may
  • not always be available. We recommend that
  • do not wait until the last minute to use it.
  • Click on TILT to access this information
  • literacy program.
  • A small portion of Module 2 is only available
  • to University of Texas students.
  • Thank you to the University of Texas for allowing
    us to use TILT.

  • Congratulations on completing TILT!
  • You are now ready to learn how to use the FAU
    library system.

Florida Atlantic University Online Access to
the FAU Libraries
Online Access to the FAU Libraries
  • Your library card is your FAU Owl card. Obtain
    via http//www.itss.fau.edu/owlcard.htm
  • The 14-digit number on your Owl card allows
    access to FAUs online databases, book check-out
    privileges and use of Interlibrary Loan.
  • If you are not able to access our databases with
    your Owl card number, call us at (561) 799-8530.

Off-Campus Access to the FAU Library System
  • Access the FAU Library System through the MyFAU
  • From the MyFAU homepage, click on Library. Note
    the following sites
  • My Library links to the most commonly used FAU
    library sites
  • FAU Electronic Collections access to FAU
    electronic collections
  • Library Homepages links to all the FAU library
  • EZ-Proxy this must be activated
  • for off campus access to the electronic databases
    and collections.
  • to permit linkages between Blackboard and the
    library system

A Click on EZ-Proxy
  • Takes you to the EZ-Proxy connection page. Enter
    your 14 digit Owl card number when prompted.
  • Once the EZ-Proxy connection is made, the FAU
    Libraries Homepage will appear. This page can be
    minimized and the EZ-Proxy connection will be
    maintained. Minimize the library homepage when
    working in Blackboard.
  • An EZ-Proxy connection must be made every time
    you use an off-campus computer to access the
    libraries electronic journals and databases. The
    connection will be maintained until you exit the
    library website.

In review, start at MyFAU. Click on the Library
From the Library page, click on EZ-Proxy.
Enter 14 digit Owl Card number and Login.
You will automatically be linked back to the FAU
Libraries home page.

Things to remember about EZ-Proxy
  • Use your OWL card number when accessing EZ-Proxy.
  • EZ-Proxy allows you to access FAUs online
    databases when you are working from an off-campus
  • You will be asked to sign on to EZ-Proxy each
    time you use an off-campus computer to access
    the FAU Libraries electronic collections
    databases. The connection will be maintained
    until you exit the library website.

Sign on to E-Z Proxy now.
  • You may want to review slides 15 - 18 first.

Florida Atlantic University John D.
MacArthur Library Nursing Resource Page
The Nursing Resource Page
  • A Nursing Resource Page has been created by the
    staff of the John D. MacArthur Library on the
    Jupiter campus to support the research needs of
    students and faculty in the College of Nursing.
  • The resources found on the Nursing Resource Page
    are available throughout the FAU Library System.
  • Bookmark the Nursing Resource page for easy
    access to databases and tools most frequently
    used in nursing.
  • The John D. MacArthur Campus Library can be
    accessed from the FAU Libraries Homepage or the
    MyFAU Pipeline Library tab.

Link to the John D. MacArthur Campus Library from
the FAU Libraries Homepage
This is the homepage for the John D. MacArthur
Campus Library.
Choose Resources in your Subject Area to access
the Nursing Resources Page.
Nursing Resources Page This is a good page to
bookmark. Note the links to Databases for
Articles and Information and Tools for Library
This is what the Database for Articles and
Information page looks like.
Databases for Articles and Information
  • Information on databases indexes
  • They do not always provide the full text of a
    desired article.
  • Each database/index contains a different
    collection of journals.
  • Full text articles not available in one database
    may be available in another database or index.
  • Limiting a search to only one database limits the
    scope of your searching. A good tip is to use the
    same keywords in more than one database or index,
    and compare the results.
  • Some databases require Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader allows you to view .pdf

The Link to Adobe Acrobat Reader
Tools for Library Research
  • The links on this page connect to a variety of
    resources services.
  • Skill Guides information for the new researcher
  • Comprehensive Journal List online journals
    found here
  • Nursing Tutorial a link to this tutorial
  • Refereed journals most scholarly assignments
    require references only from refereed journals.
  • Citing Electronic References The College of
    Nursing requires documents retrieved
    electronically to be typed using APA formatting.
  • EZ-Proxy electronic access to library
  • Renew your books online avoid late fees renew
  • ILLiad the InterLibrary Loan service
  • RefWorks editing organizing your own
    databases. Download Write-N-Cite from RefWorks to
    format in-text citations and references within
    your document.

This is the Tools for Library Research page.
InterLibrary Loan Requests
  • ILL Request allows you to ask for circulating
    items through the Interlibrary Loan system.
  • ILLiad, an FAU library service, also allows you
    to track your ILL requests.
  • First time users register with ILLiad by using
    their 14 digit Owl card number.
  • You must register with your FAU email address to
    ensure proper notification.
  • Books requested via ILL can be picked up at any
    of the FAU libraries.

Access ILLiad via this web address http//www.lib
rary.fau.edu/depts/ill/illdept.htm or click on
ILL Resources on the Nursing Resources Page.
The first time you use ILLiad Go to First Time
When you have accepted the terms and conditions
of ILLiad, and completed this page, you will have
access to the Interlibrary Loan system. Users are
expected to pick up their items at the FAU
Library of their choice. If you are a Distance
Learner, please identify yourself as such.
For subsequent access to ILLiad enter your FAU
Username Password. The ILLiad Logon Screen
was reached via ILL Request on the Nursing
Resources Page.
  • Congratulations!
  • You have accessed some important services
  • of the FAU Libraries via the
  • Nursing Resources Page
  • You are now ready to use the FAU library system
    to get the materials you need.

Finding Getting Books
To find books on your topic, click on the FAU
Library Catalog link at the bottom of any Nursing
Resources page or the Home page.
This is the FAU Library Catalog, your Gateway
to library resources.
The Basic Search screen of the FAU library
catalog gives you many different options to help
you find what you need.
The full catalog tab shows that you are searching
FAUs entire catalog.
The Journals/Serials tab allows you to search
FAUs periodical collection.
The Course Reserves tab allows you to search
through reserve material only. You will learn
more about Course Reserves in a later section.
The Advanced Search tab gives you the option to
limit your search to one specific library
location, and to search by multiple keywords.
You can also limit your search to specific
formats, such as Books, Periodicals or Media
(DVDs, VHS).
If you have any questions, you can click on the
Ask a Librarian link for help.
You can ask librarians at the Boca campus for
help via chat at certain times or email.
Keyword Searching
  • There are many ways to search in this library
    catalog. For now, we will show you how to do a
    keyword search using the Basic Search screen.
  • Idea to search caring for self.
  • TILT gave you an introduction to keyword search.
  • What are some possible keywords for caring for

Keywords for caring for self
  • Here are a few choices
  • Self care
  • Self help techniques
  • Empowerment
  • Self-management
  • Relaxation
  • Self-talk
  • Others?

Insert the Keyword(s) and Click Go.
Results of a Keyword Search using the term self
help techniques.
Your turn to do the search
  • Begin the search for self help techniques by
    linking to the Nursing Resources Page.
  • If youre not sure how to get to the Nursing
    Resources Page, review slides 24-27 of this
    tutorial before doing the search.
  • After doing the search, return to this tutorial
    by minimizing the library catalog screen. See the
    glossary for directions on minimizing a page.

Please notice
  • In July 2006, there were 64 hits from this
    search. These hits may be books, videos, DVDs,
    government documents, or journal titles.
  • The titles are listed in chronological order,
    starting with the most current. This
    organization is typical of a keyword search in
    many databases.
  • Call numbers and locations are given on this
    screen. To find out more about each item, click
    on its title.

This is one of the hits from the search.
Please notice
  • All items that are underlined are links. For
    example, by clicking on Dolby, Sandra K. 1946-,
    you can see which books written by her are owned
    by the FAU Library.
  • Continue your search using the
    term self help techniques. Remember, the
    link to the book catalog is on the Nursing
    Resources page.
  • Click on the underlined links on the search
    results page. What did you find? Which links can
    help you search a particular topic?
  • Print out a copy of a book title screen for use
    during the next few slides.

Subject Links
  • The Subjects listed at the bottom of the screen
    (not shown on slide, see copy you printed out)
    are terms that have been assigned to this book.
  • These terms - give you more information about
    the items content.
  • - are links to other items in the FAU library
  • - can be used in further searches to find
    additional library material.

Call Numbers
  • The call number for an item is listed after the
    location of the campus where it can be found (not
    shown on the slide, see copy you printed out).
  • As you learned in TILT, call numbers indicate a
    subject. BF is the classification for
    psychology. The numbers BF608 to BF635 are used
    for the subjects of will, volition, choice and
  • By clicking on the library location and call
    number, and scrolling all the way down, you will
    see the circulation information for that item.
  • This is a good way to see whether or not the item
    has been checked out already.

Electronic Books
  • Within the results list of your search, you may
    find books that are available electronically.
    Many are electronic books from netLibrary.
  • The book catalog identifies e-books available
    through netLibrary .
  • Create an account if you wish to check out an
    electronic book.

Other services of the FAU Libraries can be
accessed from the different tabs of the search
results page.

Remember, Interlibrary Loan Requests can be
started directly from the search screen or a
books catalog record. Make note of author,
title, publisher and date. Later, you will type
them into the ILLiad Request Form.
All ILL requests are made online through ILLiad.
Click on the ILLiad link that pops up on the new
After entering your username password, this
request screen will appear. Request either a
photocopy of an article or loan of an entire work.
This is the top half of the request screen.
Insert the required information, and then scroll
to the bottom half of the screen.
This is the bottom half of the request screen.
Click on Submit Request to complete the ILL
Remember to select whether or not the item is
owned by FAU.
Book Delivery for Distant Learners
  • If you qualify as a Distance Learner, make your
    requests for books and articles through ILLiad.
  • Only books and articles held by the FAU Library
    System will be mailed. If an article is
    available electronically, it can be retrieved
    through ILLiad.
  • Please read the terms of agreement on the
    Document Delivery page before requesting these
    items. This page is at http//www.library.fau.edu

Other ILL Options
  • To request a copy of a book not owned by FAU,
    make your Interlibrary Loan request through your
    nearest public library or other State University
    System library. Non-FAU books MUST be picked up
    at the library where the request was made. Keep
    in mind that because you are enrolled in a state
    university, you may also check out books at any
    of the other 70 public universities and community
    college libraries.

Options from the Book Search Results Page
Printing or Emailing a citation.
  • Print or E-mail
  • The reference for an individually marked item
  • The results list from your search. Scan the
    results list and mark the items of particular
    interest first.
  • Link to Library Catalog.
  • Email a citation to yourself.

To email a citation, click the small box next to
the record number, then click the save/mail tab.
Tips For Doing A Search Of Your Own
  • Define your topic.
  • Choose keywords for the topic.
  • Broaden your search if you have too few hits. If
    you have too many hits, refine your search.
  • Refine your search by combining terms using
    and, or and not.
  • Identify the call numbers and search terms that
    appear most often.
  • Use RefWorks and Write-N-Cite to keep your work
    organized and retrievable.

Search Assignment
  • Choose an area of interest to explore.
  • Create a keyword list for the topic, and do a
    search using one of the keywords.
  • Following your professors directions, respond to
    the following questions?
  • How many hits did you get?
  • Pick one title - Is this a book, video, DVD, or
    government document?
  • Is it a circulating item or a reference item?
  • What are the subject headings for this item?
  • What links were available for this title?

  • You have learned
  • The basics of library research.
  • How to access FAUs book catalog.
  • How to read a citation from the book catalog.
  • How to use keywords, subjects and call numbers to
    refine your search.
  • How to email and print citations in the book

Locating Journal Articles
Finding Journal Articles
  • Most scholarly papers are required to contain a
    minimum of 3-5 recent articles on a topic.
  • Recent means within the last 5 years.
  • Journals should be refereed journals.
  • To get the most recent articles written by
    nurse experts, choose databases
    containing the scholarly nursing journals.
  • Begin at the MacArthur Campus Librarys
    Nursing Resources Page.

If you know the name of the journal a desired
article is in, click on FAU Libraries catalog on
any Nursing Resources Page or the Home Page.
To search for a specific journal title, click on
the Journals/Serials tab.
To search for a specific title, type it into the
2nd search bar under the selection Title begins
with and click Go.
The record for Nursing Administration Quarterly
indicates its online availability. Click on the
full text hyperlink to access the journal online.
Access to electronic databases containing full
text nursing journals can also be done via the
Comprehensive Journal List.
The Comprehensive Journals List can be also
found on the MacArthur Campus Librarys home
Click on the first letter of the journal title
you are searching for.
Note The 2nd row of letters will search only the
MacArthur campus library for the printed journals.
For example, clicking the letter N on the
Comprehensive Journals List will bring up journal
titles starting with N. Online access to the
full text of these journals is available in
various databases. Link to a particular database
by clicking on the name of the database.
Remember that access to the electronic journals
off campus is only possible with an EZ-Proxy
  • Try this now by linking to the EZ Proxy via
  • You may want to review the last few slides before
    doing this search.

Direct access to the electronic databases
containing nursing journals can also be done from
the Databases for Articles Page.
The most commonly used databases are OVID and
CINAHL. For direct access to OVID, use Quick
Journals_at_OVID Full Text Important features
  • OVID is a well-respected useful database.
  • OVID Is an aggregate of hundreds of scientific,
    technical, and medical journals from over 50
    publishers and societies. -- from OVID
    Technologies Field Guide
  • OVID provides access to full text articles and to
    articles which have citations and abstracts only.
  • Coverage is from 1996 to the current year.

Access to Journals_at_OVID Full Text
  • If you get the following message Error The
    database ltJournals_at_OVIDgt is not available. All
    user licenses are currently in use. Please try
    again later you have not done anything wrong!
  • The FAU library subscription to Journals_at_OVID
    Full Text allows for a limited number of users of
    the site at any one moment in time.
  • Early mornings and evenings seem to be the best
    times for accessing OVID and CINAHL.

Select Journals_at_OVID. If you want to search
more than one database at a time, click the box
next the name of each database you wish to search.
This is the basic search screen at Journals
_at_Ovid. Insert keywords of interest, check Ovid
for Full Text Available, click on Search.
Search Results for pain management. To read
an article, click on Ovid Full Text. To
create a list of articles for future review,
click on the small box to the left of the
citation of interest.
Please notice
  • How many hits were received.
  • The reference information for the journal article
  • The title of the journal
  • The author(s)
  • The volume and issue numbers
  • The page numbers for the article.
  • All of this information is required when
    constructing a reference in APA format.
  • Some citations give access to the complete
    references cited in the article, the articles
    table of contents, and/or the articles abstract.

To Create a Reference List
  • To create a list of articles of interest, put a
    check in the box to the left of each citation
    desired, and follow the directions at the bottom
    of the search page.(not shown)
  • If you wish to manage your bibliography through
    RefWorks, view the tutorial which explains how
    this is done.
  • Go to http//www.refworks.com/tutorial/
  • This highly recommended utility will format your
    references according to APA style.

Printing an Article from Ovid Once you have
opened the full text of an article, the menu box
gives you several options for obtaining the
article. Click on Full Text (PDF) to get a copy
of the article as it originally appeared in the
To locate a list of the journals contained in
Journals_at_OVID Full Text, click on Advanced from
the basic search screen
Choose Browse Journals.
Expanding Your Search
  • All the hits on Ovid were full text because a
    full text search was requested.
  • To expand a search to articles that are not in
    full text on Ovid, do the same search (pain
    management), but do not click on the Ovid Full
    Text Available box. Articles not available in
    full text may be available from other databases
    or from the library.
  • However, even this search was limited to the
    journals available in this database only. Use
    more than one data- base when searching,
    especially if the topic is of interest to other
    health care professionals.

More Searching Tips
  • Compare the number of hits received when
    choosing/not choosing the full text option.
  • If too many hits are returned, limit the search
    by adding another term.
  • For example, pain management and children may
    provide more manageable search results.
  • Some citations will include other keywords that
    pertain to or more concisely describe the topic.

Remember, if an article is not available in the
database you are searching, it may be available
in some other database or format. Journals in
paper and microfilm can be located by searching
the FAU Library Catalog.
Obtaining a Full Text Article that seems to be
unavailable from the database
  • SFX is a built-in resource to help locate full
    text articles that are not available from the
    database in which you are searching.
  • The SFX button will lead to information on other
    databases or alternative means of obtaining what
    you need.
  • It is possible that the item needed is available
    in print or in microformat at one of the campus
    libraries or that it must be requested through
    interlibrary loan.

SFX Buttons are located next to each
citation. For more information on SFX, go to
In review Searching Journals _at_ OVID Full Text
  • The search for a journal article is similar to
    that for a book.
  • From the Nursing Resources Page, click on the
    link for Journals _at_Ovid Full Text. Insert the
    keyword for topic of interest on the basic search
  • Under Limit to, choose OVID Full Text
    Available and then Perform Search.
  • When search results appear, a click in the box to
    the left of a citation will create a list of
    articles for later review.
  • The full text of the article will appear when you
    click on OVID Full Text.

  • You have learned
  • How to find Journals_at_Ovid Full Text
  • How to search using Ovid Full Text.
  • How to retrieve a full text article.
  • How to read a journal citation.
  • How to send your results via email.
  • How to find a list of journals indexed in
    Journals_at_Ovid Full Text.
  • You are now ready to use CINAHL.

Nursing Databases CINAHL
  • CINAHL is an abbreviation for the Cumulative
    Index for Nursing and Allied Health
  • CINAHL provides an authoritative and
    comprehensive coverage of the literature related
    to nursing allied health.
  • Coverage is from 1982 to current year. Although
    some full text articles are available, many
    citations include only abstracts or references.
  • Search pages and strategies are very similar to
    Journals_at_Ovid Full Text

From the Nursing Databases Page, Choose CINAHL
via EBSCO.
Here is an example of a search for pain
management in CINAHL. Notice the similarities to
Journals_at_OVID Full Text. You must click on Add
to print or email your chosen article.
Once you have added the article to the Folder
tab, you may print, email or save it to a disk.
Additional relevant databases are listed on the
Nursing Databases Page as you scroll down. An
exploration of these databases will lead to other
articles on your topic.
  • Now you are able to access the FAU Libraries
    databases for articles citations.

Need More Help?
  • If you have followed these directions, but are
    still having difficulty accessing our databases,
    call the Jupiter library at 561-799-8530, or the
    Boca library at 561-297-2632.
  • The Jupiter library is open
  • Monday Thursday, 830 a.m. 12 a.m.
  • Friday, 830 a.m. 600 p.m.
  • Saturday, 830 a.m. 700 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1230 p.m. 12 a.m.

Boca library hours may vary.
Additional Library Resources
  • Annotated Bibliographies
  • Course Reserves
  • Articles on Caring
  • APA Formatting
  • APA Electronic References

Annotated Bibliographies
  • An Annotated Bibliography is a collection of
    article summaries/critiques on a particular
  • A power point presentation on the construction of
    an annotated bibliography is located on the
    Nursing Resources Page.
  • The power point presentation is only a resource.
    Always check with the professor for your course
    for his/her annotated bibliography assignment

Course Reserves
  • To facilitate access to frequently used articles
    in a course, professors will often place specific
    articles on reserve.
  • Course Reserves can be accessed from the Nursing
    Resources page or the FAU Libraries Homepage.

This is the main Course Reserves Screen. Here
you have several different search options.
To search by Instructor, type in the last name of
your Instructor and select Instructor from the
field to search.
Click on the course number next to the
Instructors name. Articles on reserve for that
course will appear.
Articles on Caring
  • A list of articles related to caring and the FAU
    College of Nursing philosophy has been collected
    and placed on electronic reserve.
  • Access the articles via the Course Reserves tab
    on the FAU Library catalog page.
  • Enter Caring into the keyword search box.
  • To access a particular article, scroll down the
    list of articles, and click on the hyperlink.
  • The Caring articles are all .pdf files. You can
    ignore any books that the search brings up.

This is the basic search screen for the Course
Reserves. To search for the articles on Caring,
type Caring into the search box and click Go.
Identify an article of interest, then click on
the hyperlink to access a full text copy of the
Your browser will open a new window containing
the article you selected.
Please be patient. It may take a few moments for
the page to load.
APA formatting
  • The College of Nursing requires that all
    submitted papers be typed following the
    formatting guidelines of the 5th edition of the
    APA Publication Manual.
  • General guidelines include
  • 1 inch margins on all 4 sides of paper
  • Left justification only
  • Times New Roman 10 or 12 sized font
  • Page number/header upper right hand corner of
    each page
  • When in doubt consult the APA Publication Manual.
  • Always follow the specific directions of your
    professor for title page requirements.

APA format for books
  • For one author
  • Schuster, P. M. (2002). Concept mapping A
    critical thinking approach to care planning.
    Philadelphia Davis.
  • For two or more authors
  • Blais, K. K., Hayes, J. S., Kozier, B., Erb, G.
    (2002). Professional nursing practice Concepts
    and perspectives (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, N
    J Prentice Hall.
  • For an edited book
  • Bower, F. L. (Ed.). (2002). Nurses taking the
    lead Personal qualities of effective leadership.
    Philadelphia Saunders.

APA format for journal articles
  • For one author
  • Schwarz, J. K. (2003). Understanding and
    responding to patients requests for assistance
    in dying. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 35(4),
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Glossary - A
  • Academic journal articles This refers to articles
    found in periodicals that are considered
    scholarly. One way in which these differ from
    popular, sensational or news magazines is that
    they cite their sources in footnotes or
    bibliographies. Articles from academic journals
    are preferred for student research. (Return to
  • Aggregate A collection of particulars into a
    whole. Journals_at_OVID Full Text is described as
    an aggregate because it draws from many sources
    to create its unified database. Many of the
    libraries databases are aggregated in the
    sense that they collect article or citation
    entries from many unrelated publishers.
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Glossary - B
  • Book catalog Libraries traditionally have used a
    Card Catalog with which to find what a library
    owned. One could search by title, subject or
    author to find material. This basic system has
    been transferred to electronic databases, usually
    referred to as Online Catalogs. FAUs online
    catalog for books and all library holdings has
    been incorporated into ALEPH and is available on
    the Internet. Searching in online databases
    allows for greater flexibility. For example, in
    an online catalog, it is possible to search by
    keyword and call number and to specify location,
    format and language.
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Glossary - B (continued)
  • Bookmark
  • A list of favorite web pages (URLs) saved in
    your browser, so you can have quick and easy
    access to them later. These saved URLs are
    called Bookmarks, by Netscape, while Internet
    Explorer calls them Favorites.
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Glossary - C
  • Call numbers Most academic libraries employ the
    Library of Congress Classification System in
    order to tag a books location within the library
    collection. This system groups books of like
    subject matter together and assigns each subject
    a combination of letters and numbers. Every book
    is labeled with its appropriate LC (Library of
    Congress) call number. This number is usually
    typed on a white label and placed on the books
    spine or front cover. An example of an LC call
    number is BF456.79.L53 1999. (Return to
  • Circulating item Any material that can be
    checked-out and removed from the library for
    personal use for a designated time period is a
    circulating item.
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Glossary - C (continued)
  • Citations The basic elements of a citation are
    Author, Title and Publication information. Once
    you have a citation, you can use the information
    to find the item, whether a book, article, or
    website. When writing a research paper, it is
    customary to cite your sources so that your
    reader is able to find the identical item which
    was used for your research.
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Glossary - C (continued)
  • Comprehensive Journals List
  • The MacArthur Campus Library has created a
    web page where students can search for a journal
    by title and then link into a database where the
    full text is found. Students can also search a
    second list to find journal titles shelved or
    stored in the library at the John D. MacArthur
    Campus Library. In many cases where a journal is
    not available electronically, it may be available
    in print or microfiche formats. The majority of
    journals in paper and microformat can be found by
    searching the FAU Libraries book catalog.
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Glossary - D
  • Databases An electronic medium in which
    information can be stored and retrieved.
  • Library database These contain citations,
    abstracts, full text articles, images and other
    files. They are available by subscription from
    publishers and often contain archives (back
    issues) and current articles from a wide variety
    of journals.
  • An Academic database is the same as a library
    database and intended for scholarly use.
  • Online journal databases are the electronic
    counterpart of print journal collections.
    Journal contents are loaded into a publishers
    database and placed online for network access.
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Glossary - D (continued)
  • Download This is the process whereby data files
    from external sources (floppy disks, websites,
    email attachments, etc.) are transferred into
    your computer. These incoming files may be read
    and deleted or saved (to your desktop, hard
    drive, floppies, etc.) according to your
    discretion. A vital step to the successful
    downloading of programs, such as the Netscape
    browser, is to save it somewhere on your
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Glossary - E
  • Electronic book Entire books are now available
    through FAU Libraries subscription to
    netLibrarys eBook Collection. Once you have
    configured your computer to the Proxy Server, you
    will be able to create your personal account at
    netLibrary. This collection includes many titles
    in nursing.
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Glossary - E
  • EZ-Proxy
  • Visiting the library web pages through
    EZ-Proxy permits access to restricted databases.
    Use of the proxy essentially makes your computer
    at home or work an extension of the Librarys
    computer network system.
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Glossary - F
  • Full text This refers to the online presence of
    an article or other information, as opposed to an
    article or information found in print sources
    located on library shelves. Full text indicates
    that an entire document is available, rather than
    a citation or summary of the articles content.
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Glossary - G
  • Government document The U.S. Government is a
    major source of statistical information and
    research. Further, the government publishes its
    findings and indexes these publications through
    the Government Printing Office, whose chief
    purpose is to keep America and its Congress
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Glossary - H
  • Hits These are the items returned to your screen
    once search terms have been submitted to a
    database search engine.
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Glossary - I
  • Information literacy This is the ability to
    find, evaluate and use information in an
    effective way. This is an ability that should
    grow and be used over a lifetime.
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Glossary - I (continued)
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) This is a service that
    most libraries offer when they do not own the
    item you need. Once you make a request for
    something not in the local collection, a request
    is issued from your library to another library
    which owns the item you need. Once your library
    obtains the item you need, it is loaned to your
    library for a brief period.
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Glossary - J
  • John D. MacArthur Campus Library Florida Atlantic
    University 5353 Parkside Drive Jupiter, Florida
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  • Journals Journals are a medium of formal written
    communication. They are used by special groups,
    learned societies and professions to share
    research and stimulate dialog on topics of
    interest. Journals are composed of articles
    contributed by experts and scholars and are
    published periodically (weekly, monthly,
    quarterly, annually, etc.). They are published
    in print, microform and electronic formats.
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Glossary - K
  • Keyword searching Many databases allow for
    keyword searching. Keywords consist of the
    essential words appropriate to your topic.
    Generally, they can be reduced to two or three
    nouns, depending upon how specific the topic is.
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Glossary - L
  • Library resources These are the purchases the
    library makes for the benefit of its users,
    primarily books, journals, newspapers, videos,
    computer software, database subscriptions,
    internet access and so forth.
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  • Links Short for hyperlinks, these often appear
    as blue words on web pages. When you click on
    them, they refer you to another place on the page
    or to another web site.
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Glossary - M (continued)
  • Maximizing When opening a Web link or a second
    program, the window for that link or program may
    be smaller than the main window. To make the
    window that you wish to work with, larger, you
    can maximize or enlarge it by clicking on the box
    (square) sign in the upper right hand corner of
    the computer screen. When you do this, the
    window will expand to the full size of the
  • Microformat
  • Usually refers to microfiche or microfilm.
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Glossary - M (continued)
  • Minimizing It is possible to use your computer
    running multiple programs at the same time. For
    instance, you may have your browser running while
    running a writing program. Presuming that you
    want to concentrate on one program at a time, you
    can minimize an application by clicking on the
    minus sign in the upper right hand corner of the
    computer screen. When you do this, you are only
    setting it aside for later use. To bring it back
    up, click on the program button that is waiting
    at the bottom of your screen.
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Glossary - O
  • Online book renewal It is not necessary to
    bring books back to the library each time you
    wish to renew them. ALEPH has an Online Renewal
    Service which allows you to do this from any
    computer. You may renew up to three times
    online. After that, you will have to bring them
    to the library for renewal. The exception to
    this are books from libraries other than FAU and
    videos, which cannot be renewed online.

Glossary - R
  • Refereed Journals
  • Articles submitted to a refereed journal go
    through a rigorous evaluation process by a panel
    of experts so that high quality, accuracy, and
    relevance are assured. Not all journals use this
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  • Reference item These books, journals and other
    materials, also classified as non-circulating,
    are not available for check-out. Examples of
    reference items are encyclopedias, current
    almanacs and directories, or very costly or
    heavily used materials.
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  • Results list Once you have submitted search terms
    to a database, the entries or files that return
    make up the Results list. These are also called
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Glossary - S
  • Scroll Using your mouse to move up or down a web
    page is called scrolling.
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  • Search pages When you have entered a database and
    have arrived at the page which provides an open
    field or box for entering terms, you have reached
    the search page.
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Glossary - S (continued)
  • Subject headings This is a technical library
    term. Every item found in a librarys catalog
    will be classified by its subject headings.
    These are fairly precise descriptors of the
    content found in books and other materials. The
    catalog may be searched using subject headings,
    but they are formatted according to technical
    standards and take extra time to use. Subject
    headings are found at the bottom of the screen
    for each title. Librarians can help you
    determine the most useful subject headings for
    your search.
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Glossary - S (continued)
  • Subjects This is another name for the topics you
    will search in databases. Also, books in the
    library are organized by subject, so that books
    treating common subject matter will be placed
    close to one another according to the Library of
    Congress numbering system.
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Glossary - T
  • Tutorial A step-by-step introduction to
    something which you are about to learn and
    master. Tutorials are intended to encourage the
    learner to advance in knowledge of something new.
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  • For a more comprehensive glossary, visit Case
    Western Reserve Universitys A Beginners Web

Florida Atlantic University Christine E.
Lynn College of Nursing Library Tutorial
Revised and Edited Summer 2006 by Lindsey
McMullen BA John D. MacArthur Campus Library
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