Monday, August 26, 2019

Database searching

It’s been 36 years or so since computerized literature searches were first available at Devereaux Library.
Back then library research was a cumbersome process: You could pour over paper indexes, 3x5 cards in hand OR you could make an appointment with a librarian to plan a strategy, do a search, printed now or wait for the (snail) mail to bring them to you – and pay handsomely for the results.  Results were only citations, you still needed to find the paper(s) you were interested in.  Back to the librarian for more help!
Today you can do your own searches, anytime, anywhere AND you can see your results immediately. Often, you can access the articles right away, too. But, for best results, you still need to choose the right databases and master the workings of that database... YES, it can still be cumbersome, and YES librarians are still here to help!
Visit the Devereaux Library Electronic Resources page for an alphabetical list of databases available via the library.  A Subject Guide is available to help you choose the best database(s) for your research

Welcome back to campus

 I hope you had a great summer!  We, here at Devereaux Library sure had a busy summer.  We’d hoped to greet you with an announcement about a major upgrade to  Devereaux Delivers, our document delivery / interlibrary loan service.  In preparation for the new service, we converted our ILL links to the Tipasa* service… which isn’t available yet.   Let’s blame in on Banner, shall we?  Tipasa is ready and waiting, it needs only the authentication piece to be ready for your use, and BIT is working on that.

Meanwhile please feel free to email ILL requests to

*Tipasa allows users to place and monitor requests from anywhere, any time, on any device, without librarian assistance. You can receive customized notifications and can access documents as soon as they become available.

If you’d like more updates/training on Tipasa when it becomes available, let me know and I’ll add you to my mailing list.