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Screenshot of ejournal finder search results, with the Search within Publication highlighted

New eJournal Finder and a Google Scholar update

The Library has a new and enhanced eJournal Finder!  If you haven’t used the eJournal Finder before, it is a tool that helps you find Wheelock subscriptions to journals and the articles within them.  The new Finder looks a little different, but the functionality will remain very familiar, with additional improvements over the previous one.   You can access it through the Library homepage by going to the eJournal Finder tab.

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Try searching for Journal of Social Work Education.  In your Search Results, you can go to one of the databases where full text is available for this journal.  For many of the journals, you can search within that journal.

Screenshot of ejournal finder search results, with the Search within Publication highlighted

The Search within Publication  feature is incredibly handy.  You can put in something as general as the term, “elementary schools” to find Journal of Social Work Education articles related to “elementary schools”.   You can also search for a specific article title, like “MSW students’ attitudes toward transracial adoption”.  This saves you several steps over the previous eJournal finder.  Here is what you will immediately get when you run this second search:

results from an article title search using the eJournal Finder's Search Within Publication feature. Two results.

This new eJournal Finder means you will also have to update your Google Scholar library links.  For those who don’t know what Google Scholar’s library links do: it finds full text from Wheelock subscriptions in your Google Scholar results.

first Google Scholar search results

Go to scholar.google.com and select Settings.

Google Scholar homepage with a red box around the Settings link

On the next page, select Library Links.

 

Google scholar settings page with Library Links highlighted

Under Library Links, search for Wheelock.  Select everything that says Wheelock.

Google Scholar library links page with all 4 current options selected

Please let us know if you have questions!  You can come see us, email us at library@wheelock.edu, call us at 617-879-2220, or chat us via the Library website.

 


What is an ILL?

ILL is a term that we use a lot here in access services and it means interlibrary loan, which refers to an item that you borrow from a library other than Wheelock College Library through our increasingly popular ILL service.What is ILL.svg

Through several partnerships, Wheelock College Library is able to offer you access to books, articles, media, and more from nearby libraries like Simmons College Library and from far away libraries in places like California or Alaska.  The best part is the library generally does not charge you for these loans, so we can literally and affordably provide you access to resources from anywhere in the United States.

To make use of our ILL service, you can use our online catalog to see if a book you need is available in FLO.  If it is, you can follow these steps to place the request yourself.

If the book you need is not in FLO or if what you need is an article, then you can use our ILL request forms.  We have one for books and one for articles.  Once you submit your request, a library staff member will find a library somewhere in the country that owns the item and is willing to lend it or scan it.

Physical ILL items generally arrive in 3-5 business days depending on where the library sending the item is located and you will get an email when they arrive directing you to the 1st floor service desk to retrieve the item.  Scans can arrive as early as 24 hours and are directly delivered to your Wheelock College email.  We always recommend placing requests early in case they take longer than usual.

So, the next time you need an item to complete your research or even if you are looking to get your hands on a good summer read, remember you have access to library resources that extend beyond Wheelock’s campus and even beyond Massachusetts!

Have you used our ILL service before?  Share your experience in the comments below.


A screencapture of the Wheelock at Worcester Research Guide from the Wheelock College Library.

Welcome, Wheelock@Worcester MSW students!

I want to extend a warm welcome to our newest cohort of Advanced Standing MSW students in the Wheelock@Worcester program!  The Wheelock College Library is here for you as you begin your studies with intensive summer classes.

To learn about what we can offer you, take a look at the library guide we created.

A screencapture of the Wheelock at Worcester Research Guide from the Wheelock College Library.

Throughout your program, you will need to conduct research for your papers and projects.  Whether you are writing a policy analysis, a literature review, or a treatment plan, you will need to find outside sources of information.  The library is here to help you access the information you need!

Get in touch with us early to find out how we can help you with a specific assignment.  You can call us (617-879-2222), email us (library@wheelock.edu), or chat with us by using the yellow box on the library home page.  This kind of on-demand help is available every day that the library is open, from noon until closing!

You can also set up an appointment to meet with me, Maric Kramer, over phone or Skype.  In these one-on-one appointments, we’ll first talk about your assignment and your goals, and then we will work together to find the information you’ll need to:

  • inform yourself and others,
  • advocate for clients and communities, and
  • support evidence-based practice.

The Wheelock College Library has the people and resources you need to succeed in your MSW program.  So get in touch with us!  We look forward to hearing from you.


Extended Hours Have Begun!

The Wheelock College Library has extended its hours through the end of the semester to help you stay productive through those late night study sessions!

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Need some research help? Come to the service desk for drop-in research help any time during extended hours.

The library also has fun activities to help you relax during the stress of finals. Take some time out from studying to work on a puzzle, located near the service desk. Get in touch with your creative side with our adult coloring stations (located on floors 1, 1M, 2M, 3, and 4).

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Present at the Wheelock Student Research Conference!

Do you seek experiences that will give you an edge in your job or graduate school applications? Are you working on a research paper or project for a class or independent study? Would you like to be considered to win $100? If you answered yes to these questions, you should submit a proposal to participate in Wheelock’s second annual Student Research Conference, happening on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

You can find all the details about the conference on the Wheelock Student Research Conference website: http://www.wheelock.edu/academics/academic-affairs/student-research-conference. If you’re wondering how to get started with your proposal or what even goes on at a conference, visit one of the library drop-in sessions for guidance and support. Drop-in sessions will be held Wednesday, March 23, 3 – 4 p.m. and Friday, March 25, 2 – 3 p.m. in Library 2M.

Conference proposals are due Friday, April 8. We look forward to seeing your proposal!

Snapshots from the 2015 Student Research Conference.

Snapshots from the 2015 Student Research Conference.