Category: Services

Innovation Sparks Imagination in the New, Student-Funded Creative Media Studio

The Learning Commons’ Creative Media Studio (CMS) opened recently thanks to Campus Quality Fee funding awarded to the Library. The CMS provides students with access to specialized hardware, software and support in order to create videos, digital audio recordings, and robust multimedia projects.

The CMS is fully equipped with a wide range of resources for students, with eight 27” iMac computers, a well outfitted audio recording room, and an extensive software selection including Adobe Master Collection, Final Cut Pro, and Pro Tools. This media studio provides students with a dedicated space to create multimedia, and offers educational programming and assistance in creating digital projects that look and sound professional.

Creative Media Studio Coordinator Sarah Sayeed worked tirelessly with Library staff and faculty, and consulted with other areas of campus during the studio’s planning process. “We started working on the CQF about a year and a half ago. During that time we met with coordinators from the Cinema & Television Arts (CTVA) and Music departments, and toured their facilities to get a better idea of how to model our lab,” Sayeed says. In addition, “Facilities planning was such a huge help in putting this together. It was a seamless experience since we had already worked with them during the Learning Commons renovation.” This coordinated effort helped to integrate the CMS into the ever-evolving Learning Commons. “It feels like a very fluid addition, and on top of that students have already commented on what a positive energy this space has. It feels really fresh and lively, with all the resources to make it a truly dynamic space,” Sayeed added.

Like many areas of the Learning Commons, the CMS boasts highly configurable equipment and furniture, allowing students to create a workspace that is most conducive to their learning and working styles.  Beyond using the space for projects, students are able to check out a wide variety of equipment for four-day loans – which is something Sayeed is quite proud of. “Students can check out everything from cameras and tripods to green screens. After they have finished recording, they can come back to the CMS and use programs such as Final Cut Pro or Pro Tools to edit their content and create complete multimedia presentations,” she says. This allows for a greater range of freedom in how students produce creative content.

The Creative Media Studio is now open on the main floor, west wing. Friendly, knowledgeable staff can assist students with all the available resources to help them create wonderful, new, original content. All students on campus are invited to come to the Oviatt Library’s Creative Media Studio and “Get Creative!”

- David Morck     dmorck@csun.edu

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2014 Library E-News. For more information about the Oviatt Library please visit http://library.csun.edu/eNews.

Create Your Own Interactive Study Space in the Learning Commons

The Learning Commons features amazing study spaces equipped with whiteboards to facilitate collaboration and create interactive learning spaces. Each of the study rooms located in the Learning Commons is equipped with whiteboards in addition to glass walls that can be used as a dry erase board.

Learning Commons Study Space

The Learning Commons is also equipped with four moveable whiteboards. These can be moved anywhere within the first floor of the library. So if you were not able to reserve one of our study rooms feel free to create your own study space utilizing the furniture and whiteboards.

Located next to the research consultation desk, the whiteboard wall is an ideal space for collaborative study sessions. Students often use this wall for brainstorming, working through math formulas, graphs, or drawing out scenes. Assorted chairs and tables in this area can be rearranged to fit your study needs.

Dry erase marker kits are available for a two hour checkout at Guest Services located in the lobby across from the Freudian Sip.  The kit comes with fours dry erase markers, an eraser and whiteboard spray.

So come explore different library areas of the Learning Commons and create your own study space.

-      Jamie Johnson    jamie.johnson@csun.edu

The Learning Commons Offers a Variety of Resources and Services

If you haven’t visited our new Learning Commons yet – and even if you have – you might not be aware of all of the resources and services the Commons provides. In addition to our newly renovated Ask A Librarian desk, (where librarians provide help in finding information almost every hour the Library is open) there is also a new IT desk that can assist with questions about wireless access and other connectivity issues. Our Learning Commons Technology Office provides assistance to those wishing to check out iPads and laptops for use within and outside of the Library. Eleven new group study rooms within the Commons enable students to collaborate many hours of the day. These rooms are busy! Group study rooms can be reserved up to two weeks in advance through LibCal our online reservation system on the Library’s homepage. (Many more group study rooms are available on the upper floors of the Library and can be reserved online as well.) Students, staff and faculty will find access to both PC and Apple desktop computing as well as to wireless printing. Color printing is available also. And, if you need to charge any of your devices, the Commons offers many charging stations which can be useful to know about especially between classes. Of course, as many members of our campus community have already found, you can always pick up a cup of coffee or snack at the Freudian Sip coffeehouse in our lobby. We will continue to add new features to all of these resources and services. Feel free to check back for updates and for more information please see the Learning Commons video below.

 

- Coleen Martin

Reserve a Study Room online!

We are so excited about launching a new service this fall for all our CSUN students. We’ve heard all your comments and concerns about our individual and group study rooms, and are happy to report that starting this Fall, CSUN students will be able to reserve them online, up to two weeks in advance. In fact, study rooms MUST now be reserved online.  You can reserve a room using your computer, tablet, or smart phone, but just make sure that you use your CSUN email address when reserving the room. This short video explains how it works.

 

 

If you have any questions about this new system, please go to the Guest Services Checkout Desk in the lobby or try it yourself directly at http://csun.libcal.com/.

Reserve Away!

- Susanna Eng-Ziskin

Health and Society in Video; A New Collection Purchased with NIH/NLM Grant

health logoThe Oviatt has added a collection of 260 videos with funds provided by NIH/NLM Women’s Health Resources and Gender Differences grant. The Health and Society Video collection offers more than 100 videos which address women’s issues in particular. The videos can be viewed on and off campus. There are several ways you can find the collection: as a database, on Databases A-Z  or as individual videos in our Library Catalog. Our catalog has a record for each video in the collection. As an example, the following catalog record for “Wisdom of the Heart” describes the video. The subject headings assigned provide specific detail about the topics covered in the video i.e. Heart Diseases—Sex factors and Sex discrimination in Medicine. Plus a summary explains how women were excluded from medical trials. The records can provide a lot of pertinent information on what you are about to view. The ‘Added Title’ links indicated below with an arrow can also lead you to hundreds more titles on your topic. Follow the link to this catalog record at http://suncat.csun.edu/record=b2916558 and enjoy!

health catalog record

 The website for Women’s Health Resources is at http://www.womenshealthresources.nlm.nih.gov/index.html  where you can further your research.

- Marcia Henry

Come Visit the Newly Renovated TCC!

TCCHave you ever heard the story of the Ugly Duckling who turns into a beautiful swan?* The Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC) has recently undergone a similar transformation.  It has traded in its older furniture for a more modern look and function. The TCC now has moveable tables, chairs, and white boards which create a dynamic work space. Students can rearrange the study area to suit their needs and create an environment that truly belongs to them; it also allows for both individual and group study. And that’s not all! The TCC also added a “study bar” suitable for use with laptops and easy access to the electrical outlets.  In our reading area, we have new lounge chairs with back screens for privacy and small tables for your coffee, laptops, and (of course) books. When you exit the elevator to access the TCC, you will encounter the TCC New Item Display. Our display area went from a repurposed desk to bookcases that serve to highlight our collection. The TCC study area has also been repainted; the new lively yellow “Baby Chick” wall color will brighten up your day. All improvements have been made possible by the Students’ Campus Quality Fee.

So what do the students think? They love it! They say that the new paint color wakes them up in the morning and keeps them energized. One student said “It is brighter and that makes the environment seem more welcoming.” “I really like the new furniture. It is moveable for study groups! I also like the study bar! Thank you” says another. Other feedback we received: “The area looks clean and organized. I can imagine coming down here to study and work with a group.”

Matadors are discovering and talking about the new TCC. Hopefully library patrons continue to discover the TCC. We’re glad to be serving and satisfying the needs of our students.

*If you haven’t read the story come to the TCC, we have it here!

- Gabriel Castaneda

gabriel.castaneda@csun.edu

Research Therapy: Finding Fiction Books at the Library Is Easy

Need a break from academic reading and looking for some fun books?

Well you don’t have to go very far to check out the Oviatt Library’s fiction collection. We have a variety of fiction books to fulfill your reading needs. Watch the new Research Therapy video session to learn where you can find them!

fiction books video

In addition, here is a quick guide of the different locations you can find our fiction books:

Image of Books on the Garden Floor of the Oviatt Library
For Young Adult and Children’s fiction visit the Teacher’s Curricular Center (TCC).
Image of Books on the Main Floor of the Oviatt Library
Try looking in the Bestsellers Collection for popular fiction – just next to the reference desk.
Image of Books on the Second Floor of the Oviatt Library
The Bob and Maureen Gohstand Leisure Reading Room located off the Tseng Gallery in the West Wing houses a variety of fiction literature.
Image of Books on the Third Floor of the Oviatt Library
Try browsing the Language and Literature section. These fiction books will be shelved with other literature such as essays, drama, poetry and literary criticism. Generally speaking, English-language fiction can be found in the PR and PS sections on shelves. PR for English fiction and PS for American fiction.

 Please tell us what you think about our Research Therapy videos at our survey.

Thank you.

- Anna Fidgeon

  - Jamie Johnson

NIH/NLM Grant Awarded to the Oviatt Library

The Oviatt Library has been awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health(NIH)/National Library of Medicine (NLM). This grant helped us purchase a new database, Anatomy.TV (also known as Primal Pictures Interactive Anatomy(OVID)), a new video collection, Health and Society in Video (Alexander Press) as well as purchasing recommended electronic and print books relating to issues in women’s health, and gender differences research. The title of the grant is Women’s Health Resources and Gender Research Differences: Outreach at California State University Northridge. We are adding records in our library catalog for all items the grant purchases. In addition, the very first catalog record we provide is for the website our grant is promoting Women’s Health Resources.

women's health resources catalog record

You may also connect with the site through Women’s Health Resources in WorldCat. We will share more about our new resources provided by the grant’s funding in future blog posts.

- Marcia Henry

Research Therapy: You Don’t Have to Come to the Library to Get a Library Book

You know you don’t have to come into the library to get your hands on some books, right? And if you’ve ever checked out a book from the library, only to find it doesn’t have any information you need, you should try looking at Google Books first.

The Oviatt has hundreds of e-books available, straight off of the website. Even if the book you want isn’t available electronically, you can still use Google Books to take a peek at the content. You might save yourself a trip! Watch this video to learn more:

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We want your feedback! What do you think of Research Therapy? What would you like to see in future episodes? Please, fill out our survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J9QWNY8

- Anna Fidgeon

Please tell us what you think about our Research Therapy videos at our survey. Thank you.

Keep an Eye on Your Personal Belongings

The Oviatt Library strives to be a safe and comfortable place to study. However, the building is open to the general public and, as such, is subject to all advantages and disadvantages of a public place. All too often, library users will leave their personal belongings on a table, a study carrel, or even a group study room to go to get coffee, to visit the restroom, or to get a book from another floor.

During this time, the person’s personal belongings are exposed to theft. Numerous times, students have reported their laptops, backpacks, cellphones etc. missing. Most of the time these items will not be recovered. Therefore the Oviatt Library suggests the following:

  1. Do not leave your personal belongings unattended even if it is only for a short time.  It only takes a second.
  2. Do not ask a stranger to watch your belongings. You do not know whether that person is a thief or not.
  3. Enroll in the STOP program administered by the Department of Police Services. The program will apply a security plate and warning label to your electronic equipment, thus reducing the resale value of the item. Look at http://www-admn.csun.edu/dps/police/crime and go to Computer Security & STOP to read more about this program.

- Marianne Afifi, Associate Dean, Oviatt Library

Northridge Academy High School Students Visit the Oviatt

NAHS studentsThe Oviatt Library’s outreach programming with LAUSD offers many local high school students with the opportunity to borrow books and receive reference assistance from our librarians concerning their assignments. This not only helps them to be successful with their high school research papers but it also helps to acclimate them to the Library and campus and prepares them for college-level expectations.

The Oviatt Library has a special working relationship with Northridge Academy High School (NAHS) in this regard. Located on our campus its teachers and teacher librarian work closely with Oviatt librarians to coordinate Library instruction sessions which will support these students to be successful with their research and coursework. Each spring our librarians visit NAHS and instruct students in finding books and trustworthy articles in our databases. We also talk about the importance of citing their sources and direct them in creating proper MLA citations. Discussing the importance of utilizing Library resources for their assignments instead of going straight to Google is also addressed. Students closer to graduation are guided in more advance research techniques.

After the initial Library instruction at their school, NAHS students visit the Oviatt and put into practice what they learned by retrieving credible articles and emailing these articles and MLA citations to themselves. For many of these students it is the first time they have visited an academic Library. These visits often embody a sense of excitement and accomplishment as they experience the research process in a college setting alongside university students. Beginning this week and continuing through March approximately 800 NAHS ninth, tenth and eleventh-grade students will visit the Oviatt for Library instruction sessions. We are excited for these NAHS student visits and look forward to supporting them in their research process!

- Coleen Martin

The Oviatt Helps CSUN Shine Brighter at this Year’s Faculty Retreat

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CSUN flag by alumnus Michael O'Meara

The Oviatt Library is looking forward to this year’s CSUN Faculty Retreat “Illuminating Pathways to Success” which will be held on campus January 14 and 15. Faculty members will have the opportunity to attend presentations and workshops to support an active start to the New Year and semester. The Oviatt is pleased to host several sessions at the event in order to share relevant resources and services with faculty members in an effort to meet the needs of specific classes as well as their research.

 The presentation “Scholar Spotlight: The Path to Open Access” presented by Andrew Weiss and Elizabeth Altman will focus on Scholar Spotlight, an ongoing program to gather and digitally preserve the scholarship and creative works of CSUN faculty and staff. Andrew and Elizabeth will demonstrate the impact the initial pilot for the program has had on those who participated. They will also focus on how ScholarWorks, CSUN’s institutional repository, can function as the heart of sustainable access and digital preservation through open-access (OA) journal publication. OA is currently mandated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other Federal grant funders but could also help the Library and CSUN reduce costs significantly. Finally, they will explain how all faculty can participate in and benefit from the open access movement.

 Also not to miss are three Oviatt Library poster sessions Moving Online? Let the Library Come with You presented by Anna Fidgeon, Laurie Borchard and Danielle Skaggs; EndNote Web for Students – KIN 200: Foundations of Kinesiology Experiences Information Management to Improve Research and Citing Skills presented by Marcia Henry, Nick Galli and Erica Cosby; and Digital Darwinism: A Brief Survival Guide to Personal Information Management presented by Stephen Kutay. For more information and presentation times see the Faculty Retreat Program. Hope to see you there!

- Coleen Martin

Oviatt Library Offers EndNote Web, a Personal Citation Management Database

It’s getting very close to the holidays. I am the Health Sciences Librarian here at Oviatt Library and I want to present you with a special gift which can help you organize your information on the literature you are reading for your classes. It can help you cite scholarly articles,  newspapers, magazine articles, videos, books, book chapters and websites you find to do your assignments.  It allows you to share your collected references with your fellow students and professors if they too have signed up for their own free EndNote Web account. The best way to share this information on EndNote Web is to direct you to our EndNoteWeb video tutorials

EndNote Web

Today I am briefly describing how EndNote Web will work with our EbscoHost databases which has indexes, abstracts and full-text for just about all academic departments in this University.  There is an easy to use Export button. Select the bibliographic information you want to send to EndNote Web and select the Export button.

Cinahl example for Endnote

If you have not already logged into your EndNote Web account, a log in screen will appear, and the information in the EbscoHost database should prompt EndNote Web to open an appropriate template identifying what type of publication, the example here, a book chapter, and populate the fields with the necessary information. 

Endnote Web

The important thing to understand about EndNote Web is that it is your personal database and you can edit information as necessary.  You do NOT want to rely on the Library databases to export with 100% accuracy. EndNote web  is a big help in capturing  a lot of essential information with links back to the article for you to resume your research.  Take time to check your information before writing your paper and make needed corrections. Then you can get a lot of help for different style guides for all disciplines, APA 6th, MLA, Chicago, JAMA, American Sociological Association and dozens more through EndNote Web.  

The Library public computer stations  have the  EndNote Web Cite While You Write plug in which will help you with in-text citing as well as the list of references in the style you select.

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i.e. Will insert in-text citation and the full reference in order required by the style you asked it to do (Gill & Kamphoff, 2010)

But always remember to double-check the accuracy of the citations EndNote Web generates. While it can help you to organize your research materials and citations, it is not always accurate. Of course, if you have questions, please visit us at the reference desk!

- Marcia Henry

Reference Services: What can we do for you?

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

As we head into the last few weeks of the Fall semester, many CSUN students will undoubtedly be working on final assignments and papers. Those papers often require the use of outside resources, which may include newspaper and magazine articles, books, scholarly/academic journal articles, films, and interviews, among others.

If you’re trying to find research for your topic, but are coming up empty, don’t forget to ask for help! A good rule of thumb is that if you’ve been searching for a solid 30 minutes and are stuck, that’s a really good time to stop and reevaluate what you’re doing. A librarian can help you narrow your topic, guide you towards the best resources for your assignment, and show you where to find guides for your citations. You can get help in the following ways.

 The Reference Desk: Your best bet is to come to the Oviatt, if you can, and talk to a librarian in person at the Reference Desk. Just walk through the lobby and past the coffee cart, and you’re right there in the Reference Room. You’ll see a big wooden desk, and there will be 1 or 2 librarians sitting there, waiting for you and your research questions. It’s staffed most of the hours that the library is open. You can also call and talk to someone at the Reference Desk – (818) 677-2285

Make an appointment with a Librarian: Did you know that we have Librarians who work with specific majors and fields? You can make an appointment with your subject area Librarian for a lengthier consultation than you can get at the Reference Desk. Don’t know who your librarian is? Try this page: http://library.csun.edu/About/SubjectSpecialists. Because we’re not always sitting in our offices, you’ll probably have better luck setting up an appointment with us by email, rather than by phone.

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Image courtesy of imagerymajestic/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Text A Librarian: Store this number in your contacts, and the next time you have a quick question, just text it to us: (818) 900-2965.

Ask Us!: You can also access our LibAnswers FAQ. Just type in your question at the top of the page in the “Ask Us Anything” box. If it matches a question in our FAQ we’ll direct you to the answer. If it’s not in our FAQ, we’ll redirect you to a form where you can email us your question. We’ll get back to you with an answer as soon as possible. Often, during the week, we respond within an hour, if not 15 minutes.

Live Chat: We know that students often do their research at times when the Library is closed, and we are unable to answer any questions. But you can log into our QuestionPoint Live Chat service 24/7, 365 days a year. No webcams are needed – unlike FaceTime or Skype, this chat service is done strictly through the keyboard. You won’t usually be chatting with a CSUN librarian, but they will know you’re a CSUN student and which databases and resources you have access to.

Research Therapy: Check out our series of short videos explaining different aspects of the research process – it’s Research Therapy! Finally, you can see all your options for getting in touch with a Reference Librarian on our Ask A Librarian page.

Good luck with your final projects and papers! Hope to see you at the Reference Desk!

- Susanna Eng-Ziskin

Watch Stage Performance Videos with Two New Databases

Theatre on Video

The Critic, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, directed by Don Taylor, performed by Sir John Gielgud, Nigel Hawthorne & Rosemary Leach

‘Talking about music is like dancing about architecture’ may be one of the most common adages acknowledging the value of experiencing art for interpretation. For many, witnessing a performance is key to seeing how everything fits together. While reading a play is one level of understanding a work, this may not be enough to support mastery of the craft. But seeing a piece unfold can be instrumental in discovering its multiple layers and sometimes this requires viewing many different performances of the same work. Two of the Oviatt Library’s latest resources, which have been funded by the Campus Quality Fee, make experiencing Opera and Theatre performances much more accessible. Students, staff and faculty can now log in to Library resources through Databases A-Z to find them. While some performances may be found on YouTube, the quality of the videos in these databases is generally higher and includes permission to cite them as academic sources. In addition to viewing the performances directly from the databases, these videos can also be shared with classes through Moodle. So put your dancing shoes aside as the adage suggests and enjoy the convenience of Opera and Theatre performances directly from your computer. 

Opera in Video - Collection of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.

 Theatre in Video - Collection of more than 250 definitive performances of the world’s leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.

- Coleen Martin and Lindsay Hansen

Spend Some Time this Thanksgiving with Oviatt Resources

Thanksgiving

Faith Goble 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, Matadors! The Oviatt Library will be closed this Thursday and Friday in honor of the holiday, so check out some books and movies to enjoy over the long weekend. If you’ll be travelling and want some distractions, browse the best sellers collection in the reference room for the latest mysteries, romance, and other fun fiction.

Thanksgiving is all about tradition.  Read about its history of the holiday in Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday (GT4975 .B33 2009) and Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War (F68 .P44 2006).  Both books are available for check out on the second floor.

For the traditional feast, try the ebook Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner. It has all the basic recipes plus vegetarian alternatives, and solutions to last minute crises. Great for first-time chefs.

 If you’re dreading the big family gathering, watch Ang Lee’s film The Ice Storm (PN1997 .I347 2008 in the Music & Media library).  The all-star cast’s depiction of family dissolution during Thanksgiving 1973 might resonate.

 We’ll reopen at 11AM on Saturday.  Enjoy the break!

 – Laura Wimberley

Research Therapy: Citing Your Sources

The sixth installment of Research Therapy gives you a brief overview of why you need to cite, when you should cite and how you should cite.

Do you have a research paper or project coming up and your instructor wants a specific number of sources? Knowing when and how to cite your sources can be a little confusing. The most important thing that you need to know is that you need to cite anything you use that doesn’t originate from you. Not only should you do this when you’re writing a paper or working on a research project, but also when creating a presentation or a website. You should cite tweets, blog posts, images, podcasts, and YouTube videos, basically anything you use that you did not create yourself.

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Citation Styles
Different academic disciplines have different citation styles, it’s important that you know what style your instructor wants you to use. Here’s some examples of the different styles.

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Citing Special Resources?
Here’s a list of resources and guides for citing less common sources.
Government Documents
Business Resources : a comprehensive guide from Harvard Business School on citing various types of sources, including reports, interviews, and legal cases (just to name a few).
• This guide from Boise State gives examples of citing images, Twitter, Facebook, blog posts, maps, and videos.

Need More Help?
For additional help on creating citations using various styles check out Oviatt Library’s Citing Your Sources guide. For a quick how-to on creating an annotated bibliography, check out session three of the Research Therapy video series.
Still confused, about plagiarism? Check out this online tutorial created by UCLA students.

-Laurie Borchard

laurie.borchard@csun.edu

Please tell us what you think about our Research Therapy videos at our survey. Thank you.

The Teacher Curriculum Center: The Best Kept Secret – and It’s Not Just for Teachers!

Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC)Come to the Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC)! While the department’s name may sound intellectual and stuffy, it is actually a friendly place- and space –for all students to research, study, and create. It is an open work area for aspiring teachers, future business bigwigs, or perhaps a mechanical engineer.

Among its many offerings, the TCC houses materials for those working with children, grades K-12. Its collection includes a variety of items: instructional kits, games, CDs. DVDs, puppets and lesson plans. It also features a collection of over 5,000 children’s and young adult books. If you are looking for Rainbow Fish, Hop on Pop, Harry Potter, or The Hunger Games, they are all available for check out.

But wait, there is more! Many are not aware that the TCC is a fantastic multi-use area that allows for individual or group study, bulletin board construction, and poster presentation creation. It has a die-cut machine which can be used to cut out letters, numbers, animals, and geometric shapes to add spark to your artistic designs. The three large white boards can be used for a wide variety of purposes: working out mathematical formulas or diagramming flowcharts. Students needing to practice the dance steps for their Children’s Music class can do so in the TCC. Need to rehearse your speech for your public speaking course? The TCC is the place for you.

The TCC is located on the Garden Level of the Oviatt library (enter through the library’s main entrance). Come and check it out!

- Mara Houdyshell

Welcome Back to Research Therapy!

So you’re going to cite a website in that paper? If you want to impress your professors with a great bibliography, you need to to evaluate your sources carefully. Watch this short video and read below to learn what you should know about researching using the web.

What qualities should your web source have?
As a scholar-in-training, you are learning to decipher good information from the lousy in order to have an informed understanding of a topic. If you’re going to use a web source for your project, it should have these qualities:
Authoritative- the information comes from a qualified source
Unbiased- the information is balanced and shows both sides in a non-persuasive manner
Current- the information is up-to-date for your particular topic
Accurate- the information reported is verifiable and opinions are distinct from fact
Ask yourself these questions to determine if your source is right for your needs:

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But what about domains?
Let’s take a look at what common domains mean, and why you might want look beyond where it was registered to determine if the information you’re getting suits your research needs.
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Now that you’re equipped to evaluate the website you want to use, you can handle these issues. Know who is posting this information online and why. Make sure you’re getting your information from experts. Provide a balanced view of your topic. And, be sure you’re capable of understanding and synthesizing the information. It takes time to learn this stuff! Be a little skeptical and you’re already on your way.
Still don’t get it? You can always Ask A Librarian for help.

- Anna Fidgeon

annaliese.fidgeon@csun.edu

 Please tell us what you think about our Research Therapy videos at our survey. Thank you.

New Message in a Minute Video Released About Library Lectures

The Oviatt Library has created a video series called Message in a Minute for Faculty to let faculty know about Library resources and services. With seven videos produces thus far, and with more than 3,400 hits to view the videos, many faculty members, as well as other interested viewers of the Library’s YouTube channel, have been able to learn about new and longstanding resources due to this series. To date, the topics of these brief videos include: Course Reserves, Interlibrary Loan, Librarian Help Through Moodle, Searching Cited References, The Place To Be (Library Tour) and one about our new streaming video service, Video Furnace. Our latest Message in a Minute video released talks about the benefits of Library lectures and tells the story of how one student was able to succeed with his research assignment through faculty and Library intervention. Please take a look at this latest video below and feel free to browse the other videos at the Library’s YouTube channel. Tutorials and other interesting and fun clips about the Library and its resources and services can be found there as well.

Message in a Minute for Faculty: Library Lectures

Survey Monkey Link for Library Lectures

- Coleen Martin

 

Have You Checked Out Music & Media?

carrels2Even if you’re not a music or CTVA major, Music & Media has something to offer you! With your library card (CSUN ID), you can check out books, scores, DVDs, CDs, and more.

Looking for a place to spread out with your homework? We have open study space and plenty of power strips for to plug in your laptop. Want to take a break and watch Young Adult  or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Take a movie home or watch in one of our carrels.

Spending a lot of time in your car? Why not learn a new language or listen to a book? To find an audiobook, search by keyword or title and limit to Sound Recordings.

Teaching yourself to play guitar? Check out a book like Easy Soloing for Jazz Guitar and you’ll be playing in no time.

Found a great recording that is only available on LP? Listen to it on our record player and if you want to, you can transfer one or more tracks to an MP3 file or CD.

Music & Media has a lot to offer the CSUN community. Please stop by and if you need help finding anything, ask a friendly student at the counter or ask a librarian.

- Lindsay Hansen

Watch Movies Anywhere with Films on Demand

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Select to watch Mummies: Perfect Study Specimens

You may not mind paying $12 at your local movie theater to see that latest flick but did you know you can log in to Oviatt Library resources and watch a film for free and learn something new at the same time? Our Films on Demand multidisciplinary streaming video service provides CSUN students, staff and faculty with access to more than 5,000 digital and educational titles. The beauty of the service is that the films within this database collection can be watched from any computer with your CSUN User ID and Password. Some faculty members have embedded Films on Demand movie links into course pages on Moodle to provide easy access for their students. But the collection can also be accessed from Databases A-Z on the Library’s homepage.

Films can be as short as 10 minutes to an hour long. One faculty member reported being “thrilled” with the selection of titles the database carries within her discipline. She found one video that was even more poignant than the film she had been showing regularly to her classes. The subjects covered are varied but are within a wide-range of disciplines that include anthropology, health & medicine and music & dance just to name a few. Overall, the collection carries films in the areas of humanities, education and the sciences. A Special Collections section within the database also provides access to films from a variety of well-known series such as the American Experience, Frontline and Tedtalks. The videos can be watched in their entirety or segment by segment which is handy if you only want to find or watch a particular part of a film.

So the next time you’re inclined to see a movie or want to share one with your class or peers, we invite you to look for one within the Films on Demand collection. You just might be pleasantly surprised by what you discover. For other Oviatt Library streaming video databases you may want to check out Great Speeches, Ethnographic Video Online and Counseling and Therapy in Video.

 

 – Coleen Martin

Happy 4th of July!

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Libraries and the sharing of knowledge have always coveted a special place within the value system of many of our founding fathers. Several of them held a unique reverence, in particular, for books. It can be said that the establishment of Benjamin Franklin’s Philadelphia Library in 1731 underscores Franklin’s belief of their importance for those living in a free society. Working with a philosophical association named Junto, Franklin and other intellectuals of the day developed the mission for the library. They chose a Latin phrase or motto which roughly translates “To support the common good is divine.”  

 Thomas Jefferson also played an instrumental role in the fostering and sharing of information within the development of the Library of Congress.  His commitment for preserving and providing access to information at an early stage in our country’s history reveals the American values of the freedom of thought and the freedom to disseminate information, two characteristics of our society that lie within the fundamentals of our Independence. We at the Oviatt wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!

Library Hours for the week of the 4th of July are:

  • Monday, July 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 3, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 4, Closed
  • Thursday, July 5, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday, July 6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 7, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 8, Closed

 – Coleen Martin