I can go anywhere from here?

May 15, 2007

No doubt library users have made use of what we refer to as “melting pot” databases during the beginning stages of research at SDSU.  EBSCOhost and ProQuest – two examples of broad, multi-disciplinary databases used to research almost any topic and find results.


However, as users transition beyond their first and second years at SDSU and into more challenging, discipline-specific coursework, resources like EBSCOhost and Proquest no longer satisfy research needs and instructors’ requirements.  Simply stated, EBSCOhost covers such a large range of topics it can barely scratch the surface of the literature in all of these fields.  Thus, it is vital for users as budding professionals in their area of expertise to learn to research using discipline-specific databases. 


Learning how to use a professional level database now not only benefits users in their remaining years of research at SDSU, but also primes for success at graduate level research and makes a more marketable job candidate.  For example, it is likely that employers of newly hired Nursing graduates expect these employees already know how to search Cinahl (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health) or Medline. 


Wondering what professional-level database is available in your area of study?  Some examples are listed below.  To access these databases, go to the main library web page at:  http://lib.sdstate.edu  and click “Research Databases”.  In addition, you can check out our Research by Topic Guides for suggestions on discipline-specific resources, or E-mail a Librarian! 

Laura M. Wight~Reference Librarian

Briggs Hosts an Evening Study Break

May 4, 2007

Anticipating a long week of studying? Worried about how you’re going to keep up your energy levels? Come to Briggs library for a quick pick-me-up with an array of delicious cookies and eye-opening coffee. Beginning Sunday, May 6 at 7:00pm in room 130 in the library there will be cookies and coffee for anyone in need a break. This event will continue Monday May 7 through Thursday May 10.


Sunday, May 6 through Thursday, May 10, beginning at 7:00pm and ending when supplies run out, there will be cookies and coffee served in room 130 in Briggs library.

~Danielle Becker, Reference and Digital Services Librarian

Crunch Time!

May 2, 2007

With just days until the end of the semester, it’s time to study, study, study! If you need a quiet place that will allow you to focus on preparing for finals or writing that end of the semester term paper, the library is the place to go. Study areas on the upper level (particularly the northwest corner) and the lower level provide a quiet atmosphere that is free from distractions.

Need space to work on a group presentation or study with friends? The library has 8 group study rooms available for student use. 3 of the group study rooms can be reserved ahead of time by calling 605.688.5107 or stopping at the library’s Circulation Desk. The remaining 5 rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Remember that the Information Desk is staffed through finals week from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday. If you need any last minute help with finding resources for a paper, citations, or other research questions, please contact staff at the Information Desk (605.688.5570 or via e-mail).

Nancy Marshall, Reference and Instruction Librarian