Academic Counselor for International Students Maura Shaffer and Librarian Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah lead a library tour for our new undergraduate international students.
Librarians continue to challenge Merrimack students to incorporate higher-order thinking skills into their research processes. Instruction librarians have been using ACRL’s new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to improve workshops by teaching “big idea” research concepts as well as skills.
The Framework identifies six frames or portals through which to view information literacy:
- Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
- Information Creation as a Process
- Information Has Value
- Research as Inquiry
- Scholarship as Conversation
- Searching as Strategic Exploration
Each frame offers knowledge practices and dispositions that the information literacy student should develop over time. The Framework is intended to facilitate dialogues on how librarians and faculty can improve students’ understanding of not only how to find information, but also how to evaluate and contextualize it in this increasingly complex information landscape. McQuade librarians continue to use the new Framework to shape and rejuvenate their instruction and reference interactions to ensure that Merrimack students become information literate, lifelong learners.
Did you know that McQuade Librarians create, curate, and publish research guides? Librarians use Libguides (a popular knowledge sharing system) to create multimedia content, share information, and promote library resources to the college community. Guides are created for specific courses, subject areas, and to support campus events and programs. These guides usually contain recommended books, ebooks, databases, and relevant websites.
These guides continue to serve our community well as students engage in resource-based projects, assignment, and activities. An average guide get hundreds of hits a month. Just in the month of September, our popular How to Cite Sources page was consulted over 1500 times and our excellent BUS1100 guide received well over 2,000 hits.
This summer McQuade Librarians upgraded to a new Libguides Version 2 platform. There are several changes that will improve the functionality, as well as the look and feel, of these guides:
- Responsive design: the design of guides is optimized to display in mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) as well as laptops and desktop computers.
- Left-side navigation: the main menu is located on the left side of the page. It also contains links to subpages.
- Breadcrumb navigation: is located above the main title of the guide and indicates to the user the specific page within the guide that he or she is navigating.
- Faceted search: when users use the search box on the libguides landing page, they will be able to limit the search results to a guide authored by a specific library, assigned subjects, guide types, and content types.We invite you to explore our research guides collection and let us know what you think!
If you are doing a long-term research, such as for a senior thesis or dissertation, it’s helpful to use a citation manager to track your sources and format your citations. With several free options now available, McQuade Library decided to cancel our subscription to RefWorks. If you have not done so already, we recommend you download your citations from RefWorks as soon as possible and transfer them to another option. See below.
Choosing a new citation manager:
Free options include Zotero and Mendeley, as well as paid alternatives such as Papers. You can find information about free citation managers and tools on the Library’s Citation Tools page. You can compare and contrast these tools using this comparison chart.
Transferring your citations:
You can transfer your citations by exporting them from RefWorks and importing them into a new citation manager. McQuade has prepared guides for exporting from RefWorks and importing into either Mendeley, or Zotero.
RefWorks offers several export options that you can use with other programs. These options (available in Tools/Export References) are:
Bibliographic Software (EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager). This option saves your citations in the RIS Format and can be imported into Mendeley and most other citation managers.
BibTeX – RefWorks ID. Saves the database in the file format for use with the LaTeX document preparation system.
Refworks Tagged Format. This option is recommended for transferring your citations to Zotero, which has the option to import this format.
Contact a librarian if you need help with transferring to and using a new citation manager, either by making a research appointment or contacting the McQuade Research Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-837-5177.
Come settle into the Research Center front porch for some serious study time next to the book tree. Chat with a librarian to help you get started with a paper or help you figure out how to cite that source in APA.
Library closes at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 24th (Last day of Classes)
Library Closed during Thanksgiving Break: November 25th- November 28th
Library Reopens on Sunday, November 29th at 10:00am
Need a book to cozy up with over Thanksgiving break? Try checking out McQuade’s new and improved Hot Titles Collection, located around the fireplace on the first floor of the library. This collection includes a wider range of genres and titles than our previous McNaughton selection, and includes both fiction and nonfiction materials. All of our Hot Titles can be identified by a red dot on the book’s spine.
Enjoy watching Game of Thrones? Why not explore George R.R. Martin’s Westeros and Essos in A Song of Ice and Fire series? Go on a journey and discover all that HBO left out! -We even have a The World of Ice and Fire, a wonderfully organized book that takes you behind the scenes of the Seven Kingdoms!
Interested in how To Kill a Mockingbird or Go Set a Watchmen came to be? Want to dive deeper into the life of author Harper Lee? Then take a look at The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills. This nonfiction work explores Lee’s upbringing and life in the deep south of Alabama, as well as Mills’ friendship and experience working with Lee. This is a must read for all those wanting just one more adventure in Maycomb!
Don’t have time to get wrapped into a long novel? Fear not- we have something for you too! Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child may just be what you’re looking for. Coming in at just under 200 pages, Morrison takes her readers on a provocative journey detailing the intertwined lives of adults and children, explaining that “what you do to children matters. And they never forget.”
If you’re more into graphic novels, rather than your traditional book of text, we have that too! Check out Guardians of the Galaxy: Guardians Disassembled, the third volume in the Guardians of the Galaxy series. In this installment, get prepared to meet two new guardians- Venom and Captain Marvel. Go on an adventure with them to discover where in the universe Star-Lord is. Guaranteed fun for anyone looking for an intergalactic exploration!