Trial databases from Sage

Sage Publications is one the most respected independent publishers of scholarly books, journals, and reference products. This month, the Library has trial subscriptions to three Sage databases:

Sage Premier
More than 730 peer-reviewed journals comprising over 674,135 full-text articles. Subjects span the humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines. Trial ends June 6, 2015.

SAGE Research Methods plus Cases & Datasets
Information and assistance on writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing a research method, collecting and analyzing data, and writing up the findings. Spans the range of research methods used in the social and behavioral sciences, STEM disciplines, and the humanities. Trial ends May 29, 2015.

SAGE Video Collection
Streaming video collections in the social sciences supporting a broad range of research needs from undergraduate through doctoral levels. Trial ends June 6, 2015.

As always, the Library welcomes comments and suggestions about our electronic resources. Please use our evaluation form to send feedback about these trial databases.

Alumni benefits at the Library

The Library faculty and staff offer our sincere congratulations to all new graduates of Regent University. We are honored to have played a role in your accomplishment and would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Regent alumni have lifetime borrowing privileges at the Library. In addition, we are able to offer alumni access to fourteen online databases. So no matter where the future takes you, keep us in mind for your information needs.

To check out materials or use databases, please submit the online Alumni Registration Form. Processing may take up to five business days for verification and approval. For more information, please see the Services for Alumni page.

Accessing Biblical Commentaries as a Distance Student

by Melody Detar, Divinity Librarian

Venerable Bede (672-735). English monk, historian, and Biblical commentator.

Venerable Bede (672-735). English monk, historian, and Biblical commentator.

Biblical commentaries are an expensive, yet essential part of theological research. Since theological publishers have been slow to release commentaries and other theological resources digitally, students must often still rely on print materials for their research (although it never hurts to check for ebook versions as well!). Here are our tips for accessing commentaries as a distance student:

  1. The first thing to remember is to start your research early! Although you may take time in actually writing your paper, we recommend that you aim to gather the necessary resources as early as possible. This is so that you provide adequate time to ensure the resources you need are available and that there is time to acquire what you need.
  2. Select what resources meet your needs. If you are overwhelmed by the vast number of commentaries that are available, you are not alone! That is why the Regent University Library provides a research guide specifically aimed at helping you locate commentaries. This guide also houses a list of recommended commentaries developed by School of Divinity faculty.
  3. Request your selected resources through InterLibrary Loan (ILL). ILL can either ship circulating books to your home or provide resources electronically. When requesting commentaries, the book chapter option is recommended because the ILL department will scan up to 100 pages of a book and make it available as a PDF. This is faster than shipping books and is absolutely free of charge! Keep in mind that you do not need specific page numbers when entering a request; you can simply reference a passage, such as “Mark 9:14-29.”
  4. Consider local libraries. If you live near a theological library, you may prefer to browse their materials and check out books, if that option is available. The Regent University Library is now part of a reciprocal borrowing group composed of a growing list of theological libraries nationwide. Check if a theological library near you is part of the group and you will have free access to their materials and permission to check out books. If you do not find a library near you on the list, you may consider using ILL at a local public library or you may purchase a card to check out books at a local theological library. The Regent Library will reimburse our distance students up to $100 per year for an academic library card. Click here for more information and a reimbursement form.
  5. As always, contact a librarian if you have trouble finding what you need. We are excited to help you succeed!

Library or Writing Center: Where should I go?

by Jason Stuart, Reference Librarian

The Library and Writing Center are separate departments that together can help you flourish in your coursework. Knowing which one to use will save you from delays and headaches when tackling your assignments.

Each year on the Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS), we receive several comments that suggest that students are not always aware of the different services the Library and Writing Center offer. Here are two comments from the CSS last fall:

  • “It would be convenient if someone could sit down and teach students how to do the different citation formats (Turabian, APA, MLA) because when I came to Regent I only knew how to cite in MLA.”
  • “…when I submit the MLA citations that Library [databases] say are correct, my professors tell me that they are not.”

Although the reference librarians can find citation information in the appropriate style manual, for expert citation assistance, the Writing Center is the place to go. The writing coaches there not only make sure your reference list and parenthetical citations (or footnotes for Turabian users) are formatted correctly, but help ensure that your paper does not contain inadvertent plagiarism through insufficient crediting of sources and ideas.

Use the Library and Writing Center for success in each stage of the research process.

 

 

 

 

 

In general, the Library is where you should go during the early and middle stages of your paper, before you get down to writing. The reference librarians will help you with questions about how and where to research a particular topic. They can also suggest resources to help you select or narrow down a topic, such as Issues & Controversies database.

Once you have your resources and are ready to begin writing, you are ready for the Writing Center. The Writing Center provides “beginning to end” coaching to make sure that your final draft will be as strong as possible.

For more information, view the Library and Writing Center videos.

Saving money at the Library

It's easy to save your pennies at the Library.

It’s easy to save your pennies at the Library.

Higher education is expensive, and academic libraries have generally been in the happy position of being able to offer students an extraordinary array of free resources and services. Of course, they’re not really free, but paid for by student tuition, but we librarians still like to think that libraries provide just about the best value for your money anywhere.

On the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey, we received a number of comments about unexpected costs associated with using the Library, including these:

  • “Sometimes the EbscoHost Academic Search Complete database shows me an item available through Linksourse result, and when I click on it, the paper isn’t available…Other times, I find it at the website for the journal which published the paper, and it’s usually a subscription or pay per article or both.”
  • “Please advise online students about the fees associated with the return of requested materials. It is very possible that I could have purchased the book I borrowed for the shipping cost I incurred by sending it back.”

Here are three tips for saving money when using the Library:

  1. First of all, don’t waste money on fines! The Library offers online viewing and renewing of check-out materials. Do you know what you have checked out? Click here to find out.
  2. Never pay for an article. Not only journal websites, but even some of our databases will try to sell you articles for which the Library’s subscription does not include full-text access. Our InterLibrary Loan department can acquire nearly any journal article you need in 1-3 days.
  3. Although, the Library provides free shipping of books to our distance students, we do not pay for return shipping. This means that if you are not planning a trip to campus before the books are due, it might be a better option to get them from your local public library or use their InterLibrary Loan service if they offer it. Another option is to get a library card at an academic library in your area. The Regent Library will reimburse our distance students up to $100 per year for an academic library card. Click here for more information and a reimbursement form.

The Library recognizes that, for most students, attending college or graduate school presents a major financial challenge. We certainly do not want you to have to spend more money on fines and shipping fees. Following these simple tips will save you money and may even make the Library entirely free during your academic program.

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