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The Library doesn’t have what I need!

by Melody Detar, Divinity Librarian

But I need that article!

But I need that article!

Nearly all students have experienced the frustration of learning about a book or article that is perfectly suited for their research – only to discover the Library does not own it. On the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey, we received several comments from students who have experienced this situation, such as these:

  • “As I can only access the e-version, there are many resources which I need that are not available online.”
  • “The Library has a great selection of resources; however it doesn’t always have the journal publications or books that I’ve needed for my research.”
  • “The databases don’t always pull up the articles needed for research.”

So when you are conducting research and discover a book that would be perfect for your project or an article with a citation but no full text, what should you do? Here are some tips:

When you can’t find the full-text for an article:
Sometimes, you may come across information about a journal article in one database, but find that it does not have the full text. The Full Text Journal Finder is a tool for determining whether the Regent University Library has the full-text of a particular periodical (journal, magazine, or newspaper) in any of our 170+ databases. Simply type the name of the journal (not the article) in the search bar to see if and where the periodical is available in our online databases or in print.

When you need a book or article not in the Regent Library:
If you need a book that is not in our catalog, or an article from a periodical that does not show up in the Full Text Journal Finder, request it through InterLibrary Loan (ILL). In most cases, our ILL team can procure the articles you need and deliver them to you in PDF in 1-2 business days. Most book requests take under a week to fulfill. Distance students can also use ILL to have books shipped from the Regent Library to their home at no charge. The only cost to you is to ship them back if you will not be visiting the Regent campus before the due date. (Keep in mind, we allow up to five renewals as long as they are not needed by another patron.) Distance students may now request that up to two books per term be shipped to them from libraries other than Regent.

The librarians are committed to supporting the research and studies of the Regent community, so if there is a book or journal that supports your long-term research projects or teaching, let us know! We understand that borrowing items via ILL is sufficient for many course projects, but major research projects or new courses necessitate that we have the book on hand. We are happy to take requests for book and journal purchases here.

Image Credit: Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest, “Frustrated Irish girl looking at computer,” accessed 11 Mar 2015, http://quest.eb.com/search/154_2893513/1/154_2893513/cite

Finding Scholarly Journals

Feedback Express

In the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey, we received a number of comments from students regarding both the ease of access and quantity of our scholarly journal collection. Here are three examples:

  • “I have trouble finding some articles and journals I need.”
  • “Clearer web directions for journals would be helpful.”
  • “The library is very limited when it comes to journals.”

To address the question of access first, finding scholarly journals in full-text is easy, using the Full-Text Journal Finder. This tool indexes all journals, magazines, and newspapers for which the Library databases provide full-text coverage. For most databases, the Full-Text Journal Finder not only points to the correct database, but even links directly to the desired periodical within the database.

Divinity librarian Melody Detar has made a quick YouTube video on this important resource:

With regard to the number of scholarly journals in the Library, we have significantly decreased the quantity of periodicals in print form in recent years in order to subscribe to the greatest possible number of online databases and journals. Our databases currently provide full-text access to more than 270,000 periodicals.

InterLibrary Loan to the Rescue!

In 1815 Thomas Jefferson argued that the Congress required a great library for the reason that “there is…no subject to which a member of Congress may not have occasion to refer.” Like Jefferson, we consider that there is no subject to which a researcher at Regent might not explore, and our InterLibrary Loan team works to ensure that you get the books and articles they need, even if they are not in the University Library.

When you come across a journal to which the Library does not have full-text access, simply place your request through the ILLiad system. In most cases, our InterLibrary Loan team can get the article you need in only 1-3 days. You can also request that we purchase a subscription to a journal using our online Suggest a Title for Purchase form.

Feedback Express — Yes, we have popular magazines!

Written by Georgi Bordner, Head of Technical Services

In the 2013 Customer Satisfaction Survey, several of you wrote that you sometimes like to take a break from studying by reading popular, non-academic magazines. We received comments such as:

  • “I’d like to read the Economist, Newsweek, and other popular magazines, but I’ve never found them.”
  • “My only request is that additional material be available for personal reading/viewing.”
  • “I had to go to another university library once to find older versions of Rolling Stone magazine.”
Use the Full-Text Journal Finder to find out which database has a magazine in full-text.
If you are looking for a popular magazine such as the Economist, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, Ebony, or Sports Illustrated, we have good news for you: They ARE available in the Library! Although we need to concentrate on providing scholarly and professional journals, the Library still receives a few magazines, including the Economist, Time, and Ebony. Did you know that Newsweek is not even being published in paper format anymore, and is now only available electronically? You’ll find it, along with many other popular titles, in our databases, where they are accessible 24/7.

To find a specific magazine, start with the Full-Text Journal Finder on the Library’s home page. When you search for the magazine title, you will be able to see which databases have it in full-text and whether we have the hardcopy in the Library. If you like to hold the actual magazine in your hand, check the Library Catalog to see

The Library Catalog will tell you which issues of a magazine the Library has in hardcopy.
which issues are available, or just browse the “current periodicals” shelves on the first floor to see what’s there. All periodicals currently being received are shelved in alphabetical order by title.

When you’re ready to relax with your favorite magazine, the Library probably has it, either on the shelf or online. Happy reading!

New Full-Text Journal Finder: EBSCO A-to-Z

EBSCO A-to-Z

Users of the Library’s Full-Text Journal Finder (and this should be everyone) have no doubt noticed a new interface. The reason for this change is that we have switched from Serial Solutions to EBSCO A-to-Z. EBSCO A-to-Z offers greater accuracy in identifying periodicals to which the Library has full-text access. It also can be used to locate the e-books the Library subscribes to from EBSCO.

If the Full-Text Journal Finder is not yet one of your essential research tools, this is the perfect time to learn about what is perhaps the best time-saving resource on the Library website.

The Full-Text Journal Finder is a list of the nearly 100,000 periodicals that the Library has print or online access to in full-text. It allows users to search journals, magazines, and newspapers by keyword, title, subject or ISSN. If the Library has full-text access to the publication, the Full-Text Journal Finder links directly to it inside the correct database or Library catalog.

For example, if we needed to find an article in Daedalus, we can search by journal name to see what issues are available in full-text:

Daedalus

Resource Type: Journal
ISSN: 0011-5266 Online ISSN: 1548-6192

Publisher: MIT Press

Hercule Poirot uses the Full Text Journal Finder to find the correct database.
Daedalus

Resource Type: Journal
ISSN: 0011-5266

The results above indicate not only which databases have Daedalus in full-text, but also the years covered as well as a direct link to the journal within each database listed. For readers who prefer hard-copy, a link to the Library catalog entry for Daedalus is also provided. The great value of the Full Text Journal Finder is that it takes the guesswork out of researching whether the Library has a periodical in full text, and if so, where to find it. If the periodical you need does not show up in the Full-Text Journal Finder, you can proceed directly to the Library’s InterLibrary Loan service to request it.

Addendum: Reference librarian Jason Stuart has just created a tutorial on using the Full Text Journal Finder. Click here to watch on YouTube.

Image Credit: AgathaChristie.com, “Poirot”
http://www.agathachristie.com/christies-work/detectives-and-sidekicks/poirot/

Feedback Express—Where are all the journals?

Written by Georgianne Bordner, Head of Technical Services

In the 2012 LibQUAL+® Library Survey we heard from a number of students and faculty who were concerned about the size of the Library’s journal collection, including the print subscriptions that we have had to cancel due to rising costs. We received comments such as “I feel badly about the cut to the Library budget that doesn’t allow the Library to keep up with many journal articles.” We want to reassure you that even though we have reduced the size of our print journal collection, we have thousands of journals available electronically, giving you access to many more titles than we ever had available in the physical Library building.

The Library’s goal in recent years has been to subscribe to as many online databases as possible, providing a greater number of resources to all Regent students, whether on campus or at a distance. Even though the current economic climate has forced us to make the difficult decision to cancel many of our print periodical subscriptions, we are always careful to assure that all canceled titles are available in at least one of our databases, so that access is not lost. We have also found it necessary to remove some older volumes of journals from the collection in order to make space available for newer materials, but again, we first make sure that the volumes in question are available online.

If you don’t find your favorite journal on the shelf where it’s always been in the past, check the Full-Text Journal Finder to find out which database(s) it is in. You can also check to see if we already have access to a title you think we should subscribe to. You might discover that we have a lot more journals than you thought we had!