Our Library Blog Has Moved

It’s been a long time (and after 316 posts) the Bank Street Library blog is moving to a new home on the  Bank Street Library website. It’s still a WordPress blog but it will now be a part of the Library’s homepage so we’re excited about that.

A walk down memory lane will show you that we started March 14, 2009 and our first post was on a Law & Order SUV film shoot in our stacks – what a day! Our last true post was on an upcoming Presidents’ Day holiday. We hope to see you soon at our new home.

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Presidents’ Day 2018

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Images: Free to Use

Although it’s always best to shoot and use your own photographs for assignments and independent studies sometimes it’s not possible.

The following three websites allow visitors to use and manipulate images without worrying about onerous copyright restrictions.

Unsplash

It’s free, high resolution, and there are “collections,” i.e., sets of photos on a theme. Unsplash has a nice clean feel. Citing or crediting is not required but greatly appreciated! In the example below the crediting is in the form of a clickable unsplash logo.

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Pexels

All images on Pexels are stock, and are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means all pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose. If you like what you see, sign-up and make use of Pexel’s free online tools: chrome extension, Mac & Windows Apps, Photoshop plugin, and MS Office Add-Ins.

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Pixabay

What makes Pixabay a little different from other free image sites is it’s search box. As you can see you have a lot of option to drill down to what you want. Sometimes you will find Shutterstock images in the mix as well.

 

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Summing Up

Today there are options to include high quality images to help make an assignment “pop” without having to worry about copyright. But, be judicious, selective and ask the question “Do I really need this image?”

Acknowledgment

Davis, L., Park, J., Dantus, S., Davidson, C., Lafazan, B., & Petit, J. (2017). Marketing for the beginner: Resources from the ACRL Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group. College & Research Libraries News78(11), 612-615.

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Permalinks & Document URLs

It is getting easier to share articles with students and colleagues, but there are a few things you need to know to make things go smoothly. The key is to look for Permalinks in EBSCO databases  and Document URLs in ProQuest.

EBSCO Databases

Below is how to find permalinks in EBSCO:

  1. Click the title of the article
  2. Find the Permalink icon on the bottom right of the article’s record (and click it)
  3. Copy and paste the Permalink in a document you’d like to share

Remind your reader that they should have their 14 digit library barcode (or access code) handy if they are off campus.

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ProQuest

Here’s how to find the same type of link in ProQuest, which is called a Document URL. You can find this link by searching for the Abstract/Details link in the short or full view of the article’s record.

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Have you got the right link?

Your link should start with the libproxy prefix. This prefix will allow readers off campus to login and enjoy the reading.

http://libproxy.bankstreet.edu/login?url=

If you copy the web address of the article and it looks like the one below, it will not work.

http://eds.b.ebscohost.com/eds/detail/detail?vid=

Please contact us at librarian@bankstreet.edu if you are still having issues with links.

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Google Docs & Printing

Using Google docs to write an assignment is a popular option these days, but sometimes patrons run into a glitch when it comes to printing. That print icon sometimes work, and then again sometimes it doesn’t. Here’s how to manage this issue:

Work Around 1

Download your document as an MS Word Docx, and then print it from the desktop. You may have to do some reformatting before you hit the print button.

Work Around 2

This is probably the better option. Use these keystrokes to active the Library’s print dialog box.

MAC: Option+Command+P

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This is the print dialog box you should see on a MAC. This is the window where you can also choose orientation (portrait or landscape), and two-sided printing (for most jobs choose “long edge”).
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PC: Ctrl+Shift+P

On a PC the print dialog box looks a little different – see below. To do extra formatting explore options under Preferences. Make you sure you save your setting as you move between screens.

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If you need further assistance please ask a librarian at the reference desk – we are more than happy to help you.

 

 

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eReserves Update

eReserves is a very convenient way for faculty to share readings with students, that are:

  • Chapters from books (the Library takes care of any copyright issues)
  • or journal articles that can’t be found through our databases.

Spoiler alert: There is a lot of clicking involved!

Tip: Use Firefox for best results. Chrome on a MAC also seems to work.

Step 1

  • Go to eReserves drop-down menu on the Library’s homepage
  • Select Course Pages.

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Step 2

  • Click Electronic Reserves & Reserves Pages.

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Step 3

  1. Click course pages by instructor
  2. From the pulldown menu select your instructor
  3. Hit Search.

Yes, the other tabs also work but most people find the instructor tab is the easiest.

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Step 4

  • Check to see that you have the right class, sometimes an instructor has more than one class listed
  • Click the Course Number hyperlink.

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Step 5

  1. Now type in the course page password. Your instructor should have emailed you the password. If you are experiencing any problems contact your instructor, alternatively ask reference librarians Peter or Grace.
  2. Select Accept.

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Step 6

  • Click on the article you would like to read.

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Step 7

Nearly there! Click the PDF icon. In this example it is “Child Life Assessment.”

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Step 8

Read and Enjoy!

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August Hours 2017

The Library is open at reduced hours for the month of  August (Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm). Please note that we are open normal hours for all of Summer Session 2.

There are three energy conservation days (August 18, 21, 25), and Labor Day weekend (Monday, September 4) when the Library is closed. Normal hours resume Tuesday, September 5.
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