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Date archive for: June 2012

Alyssa Chats #GordonLibrary

Posted in In and Around the Library

We asked some students at WPI to tell us about their experiences at the library. These answers will be unveiled in a series we call “Chat #GordonLibrary.” Feel free to add your own answers to the question in the comment section below!

 

 

Question: What are some of the library’s little known resources?

Alyssa says:

I think some of the most underutilized resources in the library are the different databases, and features of said databases. I’ve been trained and lectured on the features of the databases through library training, tutorials, class lectures, and IQP workshops, but it took me forever to use some of the really cool and useful services the library has to offer, which is a shame.

First there are tons of different databases, and it can be difficult to sort them all out, but they can be pretty powerful for research. You can see a complete list of all the databases at http://bit.ly/LxdD0K. ScienceDirect is one of my favorite databases for research. They cover a broad variety of STEM topics, and it’s easy to find relevant full text articles. What is little known about it would be the fact that if you create an account you can save your searches, articles, and get alerts if anything new comes up. You can browse the database by subject to get a list of journals and books that have the full text available, and on the same page set up an RSS feed for those journals.

ScienceDirect has a lot of features while remaining easy to use, which makes it one of the better databases that I’ve used.

Second, while most of the library’s resources are geared toward research, you can find the occasional, less-than-academic resources. Books24x7 is a database of e-books that you can gain access to through the library, you just need to use your WPI email address to create an account. Most of the e-books are technical in nature, but there are some interesting books on tech topics such as iPads, photoshop, and digital photography, which are useful for the hobbyist or general user rather than professionals.

Lastly, while I only listed a brief few, there are many more resources in the library for student use. You just have to explore a little for them.

 

Suzanne Chats #GordonLibrary

Posted in In and Around the Library

We asked some students at WPI to tell us about their experiences at the library. These answers will be unveiled in a series we call “Chat #GordonLibrary.” Feel free to add your own answers to the question in the comment section below!

 

 

Question: What are some of the library’s little known resources?

Suzanne says:

It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I discovered the amazing world of Doctor Who. My friend Rachel invited us all over her house to watch an episode, and never having heard of the show before, I was interested to say the least.  I became a Whovian that very day,  my first episode being “The Time of Angels” with Matt Smith. Needless to say, I now own all of the newer seasons and 20+ shirts. Plus, a fez.

Anyways, when I started working at the library, one of the first things I did was look in the library’s catalog to see if we had anything even semi related to Doctor Who. Only one hit popped up, an E-book. This was very disheartening to me as I was looking for some of the older episodes. Doctor Who ran for 26 seasons starting in 1963 and ending in 1989, and I had never seen any of those episodes.

Recently, my coworker Catherine mentioned to me that I should check out worldcat.org, the site we use for Inter Library Loan items, to look for Doctor Who items. Low and behold, I got 105,228 hits! Best day of my life. The best part is, I found a bunch of videos from the older seasons, not just the newer stuff. Needless to say, I clicked on the button, “click to request through ILL”, submitted my information, and sent in my request into ILLiad. Soon, I will be enjoying some old school Doctor Who and wouldn’t have been able to without using Inter Library Loan.

 

Taylor Chats #GordonLibrary

Posted in In and Around the Library

We asked some students at WPI to tell us about their experiences at the library. These answers will be unveiled in a series we call “Chat #GordonLibrary.” Feel free to add your own answers to the question in the comment section below!

 

Question: Where is your favorite place to study?

Taylor says:

There are two places I like to study in the library: one for if I’m alone and one for if I’m with someone. If I’m studying with a friend, my favorite place to study is the cubicles on the third floor because they give a room like feel without requiring any advance reservations, and you can come and go as you please. They have a nice table to sit at with friends and plugs for my computer.

                When I’m studying by myself, my favorite place is the desks against the windows on the first floor. It’s a comfortable area and I like having a place for my computer. I prefer the desks to the tables because I don’t need a large space to study, and this way I can be by myself without taking up study room that others might need. It’s also quiet so I can concentrate in silence or listen to music with headphones, and I don’t get disrupted by groups or people talking, which can make it difficult to study. It’s also a nice place because I can take a short break and look out the windows.