English Library Instruction (General)
Welcome to the John Vaughan Library. This page provides information for general questions about locating information and assistance through the Library and serves as a quick review for users unfamiliar with the Library.
The main number for the John Vaughan Library (JVL), Tahlequah campus is 918-444-3235.
Ask a Librarian (research assistance and ways to contact NSU Librarians)
Subject Librarians (a list of NSU Librarians by subject areas)
Hours (by location: NSU Tahlequah - John Vaughan Library, NSU Broken Arrow Library, NSU Muskogee Library)
Library of Congress (LC-call numbers on how materials are organized (Ex: Main collection, Reference Collection, and the Bound Periodcials Collection)
NSU Libraries Homepage Overview (Introduction to the library web site and commonly used features)
Evaluating Websites (YouTube video from Pollak Library, California State University - Fullerton)
Boolean Operators - (How to refine your searches)
Peer Review Journals (Finding scholarly or peer reviewed articles - YouTube video)
Plagiarism: How to avoid it (YouTube video)
Finding books through the NSU Library system:
The Library Catalog is the best way to locate materials owned by the NSU Libraries. Using the catalog, one can search for library materials, including books, eBooks, dvds, journals, magazines, and newspapers. Basic example search fields are:
- Subject Heading (Library of Congress Classification System)
- Journal Title
Books located at another library:
You can search for materials located at other libraries using a database called WorldCat (OCLC), which allows one to search across the catalogs of participating libraries worldwide. Find out more about WorldCat here.
To borrow a book located at another library, use the NSU Libraries' InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service. ILL allows NSU Libraries to borrow materials from other libraries on your behalf, then loan them to you. This service is free to NSU faculty and students.
Articles and Databases:
NSU Libraries offer a variety of databases users may select to search for articles and more. Some are general, meaning they have articles covering a broad range of topics. For example, Academic Search Premier or ProQuest) Other databases are subject specific or by discipline such as those listed by subject area. For example, a literature and biographical database, Literature Resource Center or for Communication and Media Studies, the Communication & Mass Media Complete database). NOTE: Library subscription databases require your NSU userID and password.
From the NSU Libraries' home page underneath the Research section located on the left side of page click on the link "Articles and Databases." This link displays a listing of databases from general to those listed by subject field or discipline. Or try the Database A-Z, which lists them in alphabetical order. If uncertain about which database to use, begin by choosing a general database, like Academic Search Premier or Ask a Librarian for assistance. (See ArticlesNSU quick guide.)
How do I use the databases?
As a topic is identified, choose key terms that describe the
topic. Consider synonyms, as well. Use the Articles and Databases web page to identify useful databases. Review some of the Library Tutorials listed above for searching tips. After
selecting a database, use the Help screens for suggestions in using it
effectively. Some databases offer a tab for a thesaurus, dictionary, or subject terms. Go for exactly
what you are trying to locate and broaden the search if nothing is
found. If a subject heading is identified, use it. When a
good resource is found, check to see how it is indexed (what subject
terms are used). For example, using the general database Academic Search Premier and the search term "cyberbullying," the article record for "Combating Weight-Based Cyberbullying on Facebook with the Dissenter Effect" provides additional subject terms for consideration to create a new search or add to the original search.
Questions about...MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is located on the 1st floor in the Reference section, call number LB 2369.G53. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition print version is located on the 1st floor in the Reference section, call number BF 76.7.P83. Or search by title through the Library Catalog for additional locations of these style manuals. For assistance with writing and how to cite sources, the John Vaughan Library offers personal assistance at the Citation Station (Spring and Fall semesters). Contact the Information Desk at 918-444-3235 for dates and times. Also, contact the Writing Center for writing and citation help.
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