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Expository Writing - Cyberspace

Expository Writing - Cyberspace

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Expository Writing: Guide to Library Resources and Services
I.Mini-Tour of Library
First floor:
Circulation desk and reserves (near the entrance): get your library card, check out books and check out articles/books your professor places on reserve.
Reference room and Reference Foyer (side of building): contains encyclopedias,handbooks, dictionaries that provide context to your research topic. Alwaysstaffed by a reference librarian.
Computers: 14 PCs throughout the library. The two PCs in front of the referencedesk have Microsoft Office installed. Print to Pharos stations located in the lower level, the first and second floors.
Index Area (back of the building): Find book reviews and indexes of articles published. Scanner available.
Study Carells: Towards the back of the first floor; quiet study areas locatedthroughout library.
Archives and Special Collections (near the Mars Rover): Houses historicaldocuments and artifacts of the college.
Photocopier: 2 copiers located on each side of the library; one copier inPeriodicals area.
Bathrooms: women’s room 1
floor, men’s room lower mezzanine.Lower Mezzanine Levels:
Book stacks level 1 (floor underneath the “Pit”); bound journal articles; ArchivesRoom; vending machine
Book stack level 2
Book stack level 3Upper Mezzanine:
Periodicals Area: magazines, newspapers, microfilm, microfiche
Curriculum Library: library materials for education students
Smart market: coffee, tea and snacksII.
Searching for a book in the reference room
The Reference Room’s books are organized by subject categories. To determine thecategory where a reference book would be classified under, look at the list posted on thedoor of room 118 labeled “Library of Congress Classification Schedules.”For example, to find reference books on computers, cyberspace and the Internet, look atthe list and determine where your topic would fit in. You can find reference books onthose topics in the Q - QA section.A good reference book that may help you in your research:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction REF QA 76.9 H85 B462004
) or call us at (508.626.4655).
Expository Writing: Guide to Library Resources and Services
To access the library’s resources if you are off campus:
Go to the library home pagehttp://www.framingham.edu/wlibraryand directly to thelibrary databases (like InfoTrac’s General Onefile). Enter your Blackboard username and password.IV.
Searching for a book in the catalog from the Minuteman Library Network 
http://library.minlib.net/search~S15To conduct a subject or keyword search, enter a phrase in the search box and select“subject” or “keyword” and “Framingham State College” in the drop down menus. Tosearch for books in other libraries, select “All locations” instead of Framingham StateCollege.For example, here’s a subject search to find books on the Internet. By doing a subjectsearch, it can help you narrow your topic.Once you find a book, write down the call number to help you find the book in thelibrary.All full-time and part-time Framingham State College students can borrow books fromthe Whittemore Library, as well as other libraries within the Minuteman Library Network. Day and evening students must register with the library to activate the studentID barcode or student ID number. Borrowing privileges will expire when the student andare no longer affiliated with the college.I recommend that you do not limit your search only to Framingham State College. Youcan always request a book from another library within Minuteman Library Network.Usually books requested from the network are received within the week. You can alsoorder books from the Virtual Catalog, and the WorldCat database. These requests takemore time to process.
Email (reference@framingham.edu
) or call us at (508.626.4655).
Expository Writing: Guide to Library Resources and Services
V.Library Cards and Interlibrary Loan
Once you register your library card, you are able to request books and articles through
interlibrary loan
(ILL). You can request a book or article through interlibrary loan athttp://www.framingham.edu/wlibrary/illform.htm.Your request might take more than twoweeks to fulfill. Please contact Neil Conrad at 508.626.4690 for questions on ILL.
VI.Searching for Articles:
For a listing of all of our research databases, go to the “A to Z List of Databases” link onthe library webpage. If you are off campus,
you must authenticate
by entering your network account.http://www.framingham.edu/wlibrary/finding/articles.htmYou will find relevant articles in the following library databases:
EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier 
InfoTrac’s General Onefile
CQ Researcher (reports)
LexisNexis (news)(If an article is available online in a FirstSearch database, it will prompt you for a full text password. The password is fsc.)VII.
Searching in EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier
When you get some results, select articles by “adding them to a folder”.Open the folder icon at the top of the page once you have selected the articles. In thefolder view, select the articles that you would like to print, email, export, or save.
Email (reference@framingham.edu
) or call us at (508.626.4655).

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