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Your Hub for Academic Support

The Wheelock College Youtube channel recently released a video about one of the most popular places at Wheelock – the library! It is a one-stop shop for a variety of academic support services  –  Library resources, Peer Tutoring, the Writing Center, and the Office of Access and Disability Resources.  There have been a few changes since the footage was originally filmed (can you spot the changes?), but the resources and services offered remain the same.   The library has space, books, articles, technology (especially printing!), and people who provide valuable services that support students’ academic success.

This is the Wheelock College Library blog, so of course, I’ve got to make a plug for our library.  The library is often considered a well-known entity.   There is an immediate and familiar association with books and librarians  – both of which are awesome.  But did you know that in addition to books, the Library provides access to online articles, videos, ebooks, phone chargers, laptops, cameras, museum passes, lawn chairs, and more?   Library staff not only connect you with all these resources, but our librarians also provide research help.  This includes approaches to developing a topic, search strategies to use on our databases, tips on identifying scholarly vs. non-scholarly sources, citation guidance, and serving as a sounding board when you just need to talk through an assignment with someone. Visit our website to get in touch with us.


And the winner is…

1st Place: CatDog

by the “Dynamic Trio”, Meaghan Famularo, Natalie Mortenson, and Lauren Walton

Runner-up Prize: President Brown & President Chard

by Renee and John Ruggiero and the Office of the Dean of Education, Child Life and Family Studies.

Raffle Winner: Jade Tang

Thank you to everyone who participated for making this the most successful Pumpkin Decorating Contest in history! Now that the voting period is over, we’re happy to share with you who created each awesome entry. Keep scrolling to see all the runners-up!

Jack Sparrow & a bottle of Rum – Ally Mendes and Iva Briggs

Mike & Sully – Maricruz Ayala

Bert & Ernie – The Library Staff

PSL & Donut – Student Life

Wheelock & BU Picnic – Student Success

Jack and Rose – IT & Campus Services

Jack and Sally – Shelby Monas & Brianna Worden

Mike & Sully – Maddie and Michaela

Morty & Pumpkin Rick – Meghan Rubadou & Katie Jablonski

Ernie & Bert – Michelle Omerod, Ann Nguyen & The Registrar’s Office

Mario & Luigi – Sarah Rich

Mike and Sully – Amanda Melillo

Wildcats & Terriers – Emelyn, Darius, Danielle and the Office of Admissions

Bonnie & Clyde – Sharon Labao, Barbara Pierre, Office of Field Education


VOTE! 2017 Pumpkin Decorating Contest

 

There’s still time to VOTE for your favorite entry in this year’s Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. This year, we received the most entries in the history of this contest, making it the most competitive year yet! Stop by the library to see all the entries, and then go to the service desk to vote for your favorite!

Here’s a look at this year’s contest entries. This year’s theme was “Dynamic Duos”.

 

The last day to vote is Monday, October 30th. When you vote, you’ll have a chance to enter a raffle to win a Halloween goody bag. The winners of both the Pumpkin Decorating Contest and the raffle will be announced the next day on Halloween!

 

 


Introducing the OneSearch

What is the OneSearch?

You may have noticed that the Library homepage has changed and that in place of the tabbed search is this OneSearch.

screenshot of new "search box" . This includes the Onesearch search field and 3 links under More Research Tools

The OneSearch is, simply put, a megasearch that searches almost everything in the Library collection in a single search.   It is the Books & More, Article Multi-Search, and eJournal Finder –  all rolled into one.  With the OneSearch, you can search for:

  • Books.  Both physical books and e-books.
  • Videos.  Both physical DVDs and streaming videos
  • Journals.  Just as if you were using the eJournal Finder.  Try it out by typing Health and Social Work.  The journal should appear at the top of the results.
  • Databases. You can search for the database name.  Try it out by typing SocIndex.  You can also browse the databases in our Database List.  The link is located under More Research Tools.
  • Articles. Just as if you were using the Article Multi-Search.  The OneSearch searches every database except for our Proquest ones and the Encyclopedia of Social Work.

Once you run the search on the website, you’ll be taken to a familiar EBSCO interface.    Use the limiters on the left to narrow your results.

screenshot of OneSearch search results

OneSearch vs. Individual Databases

While OneSearch is very helpful, it is just one (powerful) tool among many.    When looking for research articles, there are times when OneSearch will be more appropriate and other times when you should opt for searching individual databases.

The OneSearch is great for:

  • When you’re just starting your research and need a broad search to see what’s out there.
  • When you’re looking for a specific article title.

However, searching an individual database can be more appropriate for those times when:

  • you’re ready to narrow your search.  For example, let’s say you know you want articles that approach your topic from a sociological perspective.  Searching a database like SocIndex will help filter out books and those article results that come from education, medical, humanities, and psychology databases that you may not be interested in.
  • you want to take advantage of the features specific databases offer.  For example, PsycInfo allows you to narrow your article results by methodology and age group.   If you’re looking for empirical studies on how CBT can help elementary-aged victims of bullying, searching PsycInfo will be more fruitful and efficient.
  • you want to search databases not offered in OneSearch, such as the Proquest databases and the Encyclopedia of Social Work.

Tips for Searching Children’s Books

One of our popular book searches is searching for children’s books.  In the OneSearch, the children’s book results may be a little buried, especially if you’re looking for a topic rather than a specific title.   You can search for our children’s books by searching for the children’s book title or topic.  When you’re brought to the search results, add the terms “juvenile literature or fiction” to your search and limit the results (using the limiters on the left) to “Books in Print”

 

If you need help using OneSearch or individual databases – or knowing where to search – don’t hesitate to Ask Us!


Fare thee well, VHSs!

VHSs and VCRs first hit the US market in the 1970’s, but already by the late 1990’s, DVDs took hold as consumers’ preferred format for playing video content at home. Sales of videocassettes have dropped dramatically ever since.

Though not quite yet considered an obsolete format, VHSs are prone to deterioration and there are fewer and fewer VCRs for sale in the marketplace, especially since the last maker of VCRs, Funai Electronic, announced it would stop producing them in August 2016, leaving many libraries to question what to do with their aging tapes. Today, even DVD sales are on the decline, with subscription streaming video services, like Netflix and Amazon, outpacing discs for the first time in 2016.

Here at Wheelock, we recognized these trends and removed VCRs from classrooms spring 2015. In the two intervening years, the Library worked with faculty to replace or convert unique content previously only available on VHS. With a growing preference for online access to videos, the Library also worked to develop a robust collection of streaming videos. As a result, we now have over 400 DVDs and access to almost 90,000 film titles through our streaming subscriptions, Kanopy and Alexander Street, and we’re finally ready to say goodbye for good to our VHSs!

The Library is removing VHSs from our collection, but you’ll have a chance this week only to grab them for your own collection! Swing by the Library basement this week to take home as many VHSs as you’d like. Make art, repurpose them, or if you’re lucky enough to still have a VCR, embrace the grainy quality and play on!