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Having Trouble Accessing Databases, Journals, & Newspapers?

Our Apologies…We are Transitioning to a New Authentication Method.

Blog Post about Database Access

We are improving our list of databases and journal-finding tool to make signing into the databases easier if you’re off-campus or on a personal laptop/device . We hope to have it fully ready soon! Listed below are some troubleshooting tips if you get an error message when trying to access a database or an article.

Are you trying to access JSTOR?

Are you trying to access a historical newspaper?

  • Go to Proquest Central
  • Click on Choose Databases
  • Scroll through list to find Historical Newspapers
  • Click on the title of the one you need.

This video will show you how to complete the steps above:

 

Are you trying to access an article in a newspaper, magazine, or journal?

Start here:

  • Go to Proquest Central
    • Either conduct a keyword search for the author, title, or topic or use the publications tab at the top of the screen to find the specific newspaper you need.

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Didn’t find what you need? Try:

  • Go to Academic Search Complete
    • Click on Choose a Database and select all the databases
    • Then search by author, title, or keyword. (Note: the default in this database is phrase-based searching which means you need to use the word AND in between any set of words that you do not want searched as a phrase.)

This video will show you how to complete the steps above:

Trouble Using Fulltext Finder

If you are in a database and find an article that has the FullText Finder button instead of a link to a pdf or html copy it means we do have access to this resource but you will need to do the following:

  • Click on the FullText Finder button
  • Identify the database that contains the full text
  • Go to the master database list
  • Find the name of the database
  • Copy and paste the name of the database into another browser tab
  • Search for the article by title

This video will show you how to complete the steps above:

 

Trouble using Find Journals Tab

  • Use the Find Journal Tab to look up the name of a magazine, newspaper, or journal
  • Identify which databases have the full text of that publication for the dates you need
  • Use the database master list to find the name of the database that contains your publication
  • Copy and paste the url for the database into a new window
  • Use the search for publication feature at the top of the screen to access a page that will let you just search that publication.

This video will show you how to complete the steps above:

Contact us

We have a list of URLs to other databases like American Chemical Society.

Check our master list

While we are in this transition, our master list provides the most current url for each database. This link is only available available to faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Sorry for the mess!

 

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Walking Dead Giveaways in the Library

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Did the last season of the Walking Dead leave you with unanswered questions? Were you anxious to see how Rick would deal with Negan after the final battle with the Saviors? How will Maggie lead the Hilltop? Could Michonne be more of a bad@$$? Will Daryl and Rick end the bromance after nine seasons?

Unfortunately, the library cannot answer any of these burning questions, but we can offer a sweet swag bag (comic book, bandana, postcard and button) to kick off the new season! Come by the library to pick up your bag.

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No Costume? No Problem!

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Hey Scotties!

McCain Library invites amateurs, professionals, and all in between to join us at our No Costume? No Problem! Halloween Upcycling event on Friday, October 19th from 4-7PM in Room 211 at McCain Library. During the event, you will have the opportunity to design or work on a costume using various odds, ends, fabrics, tools, and materials provided by the library and your peers. There will also be picture inspiration, tips, tricks, tutorials, and peer advice to get you started on your costume masterpiece. You can bring in an unfinished piece or start from scratch if you’d like!

Are you interested? Then RSVP here by Friday, October 17th. You are not required to stay the entire time.

*If you can, please bring at least 3 clothing or costuming items to contribute to the event, such as:

  • Fabric
  • Handheld sewing supplies, scissors, safety pins
  • Fabric glue or fabric tape
  • Fasteners, buttons, Velcro, zippers, etc.
  • Old clothing, ribbon
  • Accessories
  • Scrap wire, wire hangers, pliers, wire cutters
  • Rulers or tape measure
  • Anything that you believe might be useful

We suggest labeling any personal items you share, but plan to keep (like scissors).

Hope to see you there!

 

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Brave New Evans & a Brave New Earth

Happy Friday Scotties!

Here are two McCain Mad Libs from Banned Book Week that made us chuckle. We hope they make you laugh, too!

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Brave New Evans

“He’s so stinky!” said Fanny.

“But I rather like his grout worms.”

“And then so moist.” Fanny made a grimace; moistness was so horribly and typically stressed.

“I think that’s rather sweet,” said Lenina.

“One feels one would like to yeet him. You know. Like a bike.”

Fanny was fast. “They say somebody made a mistake when he was still in the ghost — thought he was a mold and put moodle into his dog. That’s why he’s so depressed.”

“What nonsense!” Lenina was sleepy.

 

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Brave New Earth

“He’s so cute!” said Fanny.

“But I rather like his horse.”

“And then so little.” Fanny made a grimace; littleness was so horribly and typically bitter.

“I think that’s rather sweet,” said Lenina.

“One feels one would like to run him. You know. Like a horse.”

Fanny was gigantic. “They say somebody made a mistake when he was still in the moonlight — thought he was a girl and put love into his flowers. That’s why he’s so wide.”

“What nonsense!” Lenina was blue.

 

Stop by the library to pick up a McCain Mad Lib and fill it out!


** Mad Lib Excerpt Taken from: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley / pg. 31

 

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We Are Updating the Laptops

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It’s almost Hump Day Scotties!

You may or may not know that McCain Library circulates laptops to staff, faculty, and students with a loan period of 6 hours. To keep our laptops in the best shape for you, they will be undergoing updates and much needed installations beginning Monday of next week (10/8/18). Unfortunately, this means that laptops will not be available for checkout for the entire week (from 10/8/18 – 10/15/18).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and wanted to let you know in advance. But do not despair! — we still have several lovely computer workstations on the ground and first floor of McCain Library for you to use and enjoy.

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We Have More Canon Cameras 📷

Happy Friday Scotties!

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We know that some of you have had a hard time getting your hands on the very popular and ever-elusive Canon Cameras at McCain Library.

BUT … we are excited to inform you that we have added *6* new Canon Rebel T5i Cameras to our inventory – AND – we are expecting to get 4 more very soon! Additionally, these cameras now loan for 3 days, rather than 1 day.

We apologize for the delays and inconveniences and hope you’ll forgive us!

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McCain Mad Lib Kickoff

McCain Mad Lib

Hey Scotties!

Some of you may remember filling out Mad Libs as a kid. Some of you may still fill them out. Some of you may have no idea what I’m talking about.

Nevertheless: McCain Mad Libs are here!

A “Mad Lib” is a fill in the blank game where you randomly select a list of words according to the parts of speech asked for. Then, you use that list to populate the story on the back side of the paper. After that, read your story and enjoy a good laugh!

Take a small break from studying, and pick up a “McCain Mad Lib” at the Circulation Desk! This week’s Libs are themed for Banned Book Week.

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Want to Post a Flyer in the Library?

Happy Friday Scotties!

We know that you have many awesome events happening on campus, and we want everyone to know about it!

If you have a flyer* you would like to post, give it to a library staff member. We will put it in our new designated signage area on the first floor. Don’t forget to stop by to see what your peers have planned for you!

*All flyers must have the “approved” stamp from the Student Activities Office to be posted

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Did You Know?…The Printers Have a Built-in Stapler!

Happy Pre-Friday Scotties!

Did you know that the new printers in McCain Library (1st Floor and Ground Floor) have a built-in stapler?? That’s right! Gone are the days of looking around for the (probably misplaced) print station stapler or going up to the Circulation Desk to awkwardly ask to use the one there.

To use the stapler, turn your documents the long way (landscape) so that the top of your documents are to the right. Then, slide the documents all the way in the “stapler cubby” from left to right. Wait for the green light, and then voila! — your documents are now stapled.

According to the printers’ manufacturer, there are so many staples in the printers, they will never. run. out. That’s a pretty serious guarantee, and there’s only one way to find out — come to McCain Library to test it out!

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Carrel Spotlight: G-6!

Many Seniors and Independent Study students like to add a personal touch to their carrels* (since they spend much time there studying). Check out this student who decked out her carrel with cozy items, succulents, and Scottie gear to show some Scottie pride!

*As always, we encourage everyone to respect the students’ carrels and not touch or take any of their belongings. Thank you for being considerate!

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Need Digital Equipment? We Can Help!

Happy Friday Scotties!

Did you know that at McCain Library, we lend various kinds of technology and digital equipment for all of your audio, visual, and technological needs?  If you need to film something for class or just want to host movie night in your dorm, we can help!

Simply come to the circulation desk, ask for what you need, and one of our lovely library staff or assistants will grab it for you if it’s available. Here’s a visual of what we currently lend below:

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