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3 Welcome to the Louis J. Blume Library at St. Mary’s University!

4 Welcome to the library!

5 The importance of the library to your academic career l We read for a variety of reasons – for information gathering, –for pleasure, –for challenging our current knowledge-base or ideas l Learn life-long information gathering skills

6 Louis J. Blume Library Hours l Monday - Thursday 7:45 a.m. - Midnight l Friday7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. l Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. l Sunday 1 p.m. - Midnight

7 What’s a Reference Librarian? l Reference librarians are professionally trained people who help you locate and learn to use the resources to find the information you need.

8 Reference Librarians are here to help you. All you need to do is ask!

9 Reference Hours Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday Noon - 4 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

10 Second (Main) Floor l Reference Sources are Starting Points  Dictionaries  Encyclopedias  Handbooks  Directories  Atlases  Almanacs

11 Second (Main) Floor l Library Network  Look up books, videos through our library catalog  Look for articles in magazines & journals  Search the World Wide Web


13 What’s included in the Library Catalog? l Location and bibliographic information about books in the library (circulating, reference) l Titles of periodicals (journals, magazines) in the library l Government publications l Videos, CDs, etc. l Links to ebooks, electronic government information, etc.




17 Second (Main) Floor l Periodical Indexes (print & electronic databases) - find magazine & journal articles on specific topics  Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature  Academic Search Premier  Business Source Premier  Lexis-Nexis Academic Print indexes often provide access to older or specialized periodical articles

18 Why use a periodical database? l Access refereed, verified information l Access discipline-specific information l Not all reliable information is freely available on the Web, or easily locatable on the Web l Your tuition is paying for these subscription databases – use them!

19 More than 70 subscription databases!





24 Second (Main) Floor l Government Publications (United States & Texas)  Congressional hearings on controversial issues  Statistical information  Informative  publications

25 Second (Main) Floor l Circulation  Check out books  Get change for photocopiers  Pick up requested ILL items  Pick up computer print outs l Reserves - course material

26 Second (Main) Floor l New Books area l Art Exhibit l Marianist Collection l Card Value Center (CVC) machine – add value to ID for computer printing

27 Third Floor l Circulating Book Collection l Computer Lab

28 Third Floor l Learning Assistance Center (LAC) –Multimedia Instructional Center (MIC) l Special Collections

29 First Floor (Basement) l Periodicals Microfiche & microfilm Reader/Printer Print format periodicals: unbound, bound journals, newspapers, magazines

30 First Floor (Basement) l Curriculum Collection l Small group study rooms (with Internet ports) l Video viewing rooms l Media Viewing Room l Learning Resources Center & Digital Media Lab: audio/video, computer graphics, photography/imaging services

31 Come Prepared Bring  your Rattler Card  a computer diskette or USB drive  money or copy card  pen/pencil  paper

32 As a community… l We have a collective responsibility to wisely use library, computing, and campus resources – please help protect and preserve our library books, magazines, videos, and other resources! (see St. Mary’s University Code of Student Conduct)

33 Library Services l Remote access from your home or office to our electronic subscription databases


35 Library Services l TexShare card - borrow books from other libraries

36 Library Services l Inter-Library Loan (ILL) - request materials we borrow from other libraries l OCLC FirstSearch and CORAL UnionLists - find out which libraries have a periodical you need l Reference service - in person, by phone, by e-mail: click on Ask A Question at the library home page:

37 Where to get more information l Printed Guides l Course-integrated Instruction

38 Where to get more information l Reference Librarians (436-3508) or Ask a Question at the library web site l Blume Library Web site

39 Stop by and visit us often at the Louis J. Blume Library!


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