The last week of the spring semester is upon us, and the Librarians want to help you finish successfully. From Monday (April 29) through Thursday (May 2), the Library has scheduled multiple times when research librarians will be on hand to help you find the best books, articles, and media for your final papers and projects.
The Library now has a subscription to Statista, one of the world’s most successful providers of statistics and quantitative data. What makes Statista unique is that all of its statistics and data are visualized in intuitive charts and graphs that can be exported into reports. The platform contains over 1,000,000 statistics on more than 80,000 topics. It also provides market forecasts, company and industry reports, and consumer market outlooks.
Statista is a multi-disciplinary resource where all Regent users doing quantitative research for their projects are likely to find relevant data. But be forewarned: the platform can be quite addictive, and if you’re not careful, you may find yourself browsing Statista after you’ve found the information you were seeking in the first place!
Click here to take Statista for a test drive.
Library Satisfaction Survey – 2019
April 3 – 16
The 2019 Library Customer Satisfaction Survey begins on April 3 and will continue through April 16. The survey, which takes less than ten minutes to complete, is the primary instrument we use to hear from our users and improve our services. By taking the survey, you can tell us what you like and what you would like to see changed at the Library.
There are two different surveys, please choose a survey below according to your current status:
- Click Here for Students and Staff – (Includes all students currently enrolled, non-teaching faculty, alumni, etc.)
- Click Here for Teaching Faculty – (All full-time, part-time, and adjunct teaching faculty; if you are non-teaching faculty, please complete the Staff survey above)
$$ You could win a $50 Amazon Gift Card* $$
After completing your survey, you will have a chance to enter in the drawing for one of three Amazon gift cards. The drawing will take place after the survey has closed by April 20, and the winner will be notified by email and announced via social media.
*Please note that prizes won by Regent University employees are subject to state and federal taxes.
In preparation for this year’s survey of our users’ satisfaction with the Library, we have been taking a final look at the 2018 Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS).
One thing we noticed that particularly gave us pause is the frustration that sometimes occurs when an article is not available from our databases in full-text. Here are two representative comments:
- “Some resources are not available so I have to go and purchase materials.”
- “Many times I will search for an article and many of the links that come up require a purchase to view it.”
The Library recommends that students and faculty never purchase articles or dissertations from database vendors. The reason is that there is almost always a quick way of obtaining the item without paying for it.
Whenever you get a citation or abstract without the full-text, the first step should be to check the Full-Text Journal Finder to find out whether the journal in question is available in full-text from a different database.
If none of the Library’s databases has the article you need, you can request it though our InterLibrary Loan service. This automated, easy-to-use service is very fast. Most journal articles are delivered to the requester in 2-3 days.
The librarians strive to use our resources budget to provide the most online content possible, with InterLibrary Loan providing expeditious access to what we don’t have. If you are ever in doubt about the quickest way to get full-text access to an article, contact the reference librarians.
For centuries one of the chief sources of inspiration for library architects has been the main reading room, such as the Duke Humfrey’s Library at Oxford, which was used as the setting for Hogwarts Library in the Harry Potter films:
While we may not quite yet be able to be able to compete with the atmosphere of an Oxford library originally completed in 1480, Regent does have a beautiful reading room sure to enhance your concentration and sense of scholarly purpose:
The Regent’s Special Collections Reading Room is now open for quiet study 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday. Electronic devices may be used for long as they are set on silent. On your visit, be sure to take a look at some of the rare objects in the Reading Room display cases, such as the ancient Greek amphora, the oldest item in the Library: