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September 29th, 2014

Spotlight: Keeping up with the literature in your field

Most learners are on the second week of break, so courses and homework may be the last thing on your mind. However, breaks can be the perfect time to keep up with the literature in your field. Use the guides below to find out how to keep up with the current events related to your program:

Have more questions? You can find answers to over 200 common library questions in our new Library FAQs! Search by keyword or browse by topic to find answers to frequently asked questions.

Spotlight is a quarterly series. To see previous posts in this series, click the Spotlight tag:

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-Chelsea

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March 7th, 2014

Online Writing Centers: iGuide’s “hidden gems”

The library receives many emails about writing and APA format.  While writing assistance is not something the library offers, there are Capella resources that can help:   Capella Undergraduate Writing Center and the Capella Graduate Writing Center.

Here’s how to navigate to the Writing Center websites from iGuide:  Mouse over Learning Resources from the top menu bar and then choose Writing Program from the drop down menu.  You should see the two options for the graduate and undergraduate websites on the right side of the page.  Now you can see where the title of this blog post comes from!

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There are two sections in the Graduate Writing Center that you may want to bookmark or add to your favorites:

  1. Need some help “distilling” the APA Publication Manual? Check out the  APA Style and Formating interactive module.
  2. Need some help with an annotated outline, writing in the third person, or writing a course paper?  You can find handouts covering this and a lot of other helpful information on the Graduate Writing Center’s Handouts & Modules page.

Still have questions?  You can contact the Writing Center at: WritingCenter@capella.edu.

- Kim

(Update of a 2008 post by Robin Veal)

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March 4th, 2014

Library FAQs: Find Answers to Your Library Questions

Do you have questions about the library? Perhaps you are looking for books, dissertations or peer reviewed articles and need assistance getting started.  Visit the new Library FAQs site to find quick answers to frequently asked questions.  Library FAQs contains over 200 questions and answers to help you get the most out of your library experience.

The site offers both search and browse options.  You can enter a keyword or an entire question into the search box. Select from 37 custom topics in the “View All Topics” box, which appears just under the search box. The “Most Popular Answers” are listed in the center section of the home page and ranked by number of views.

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Library FAQs are accessible from the library home page and the library help page.

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For answers to these questions and others, visit Library FAQs today.

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-Kristin

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March 1st, 2014

Lunch and Learn Webinars: March 6th and 7th

The library is trying something new.  We are offering our two popular webinars over the lunch hour, 12: 00 pm CST ( 10:00 am PST/11:00 am MST/ 1:00 pm EST).  Join us and learn while you lunch!

Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles in the Library:  Thursday, March 6th, 2014:

Do you need to find articles for your coursework or dissertation?  Are you new to the Capella Library?  If you want to become a more efficient researcher in the library databases,  then join us for this webinar, whether your articles need to be peer reviewed or not.

RefWorks: Friday, March 7th, 2014:

How do you keep track of the research articles you’ve found?  RefWorks is a great tool that’s free to you as a Capella learner.  In this webinar, you will learn how to collect, organize, and store citations from library databases and other resources using RefWorks.  If you haven’t been using this handy tool to take control of your research process, sign up for a RefWorks webinar today!

If the timing of these webinars doesn’t work out for you, you have a few other options for getting the same information:

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January 11th, 2014

Get Your Library Research Organized with RefWorks: January 16th Webinar

RefWorks:  Saturday, January 16th, 2014, 7:00 AM  Central  RefWorks_Logo_new

 

How do you keep track of the research articles you’ve found?  RefWorks is a great tool that’s free to you as a Capella learner.  In this webinar, you will learn how to collect, organize, and store citations from library databases and other resources using RefWorks.  If you haven’t been using this handy tool to take control of your research process, sign up for a RefWorks webinar today!

If you can’t make this webinar, you can watch a recording of an earlier webinar, or go to the RefWorks information page  for links to helpful guides and video tutorials to help you get started.

If you still have questions, contact the library.

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January 8th, 2014

Finding Peer Reviewed Articles in the Library: January 11th Webinar

Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles in the Library:  Saturday, January 11th, 2014, 10:00 AM  Central

Do you need to find articles for your coursework or dissertation?  Are you new to the Capella Library?  If you want to have an easier time of searching the library databases for finding articles, whether they need to be peer-reviewed or not,  then join us for this webinar and learn how to search the library databases more effectively.

If the timing of this webinar doesn’t work out for you, you can watch a recording of an earlier webinar or check out our Library Guides.  These guides and tutorials are available 24/7 and can help you with everything from library searching basics  to finding peer-reviewed articles.

If you still have questions, contact the library.

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November 27th, 2013

December Webinars: Learn How to Find Articles and Use RefWorks

Image of Search buttonFinding Peer-Reviewed Articles in the Library:  Thursday, December 5th, 2013, 10:00 AM  CDT

Do you need to find articles for your coursework or dissertation?  Whether they need to be peer-reviewed or not, if you ever get frustrated that you sometimes get too many or too few results or results that don’t seem on-topic, then join us for this webinar and learn how to search the library databases more effectively.

If the timing of this webinar doesn’t work out for you, see our Library Guides.  We have guides and tutorials that are available 24/7 that can help you with everything from library searching basics  to finding peer-reviewed articles.

RefWorks:  Saturday, December 7th, 2013, 10:00 AM  CDT  RefWorks_Logo_new

Now that you’ve learned how to find articles in the library,  how do you keep track of what you’ve found?  Learn how to collect, organize, and store citations from library databases and other resources using RefWorks.  If you haven’t been using this handy tool to take control of your research process, sign up for a RefWorks webinar today!

If you can’t make this webinar, our RefWorks information page  links to helpful guides, video tutorials and a recording of an earlier webinar to help you get started.

If you still have questions, contact the library.

-Kim

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October 1st, 2013

ERIC Database Affected by Government Shutdown

Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host the ERIC database at eric.ed.gov have been shut down. 

Because we access ERIC through the EBSCOhost platform, we are able to search the database and access some full text content. However, any links that read “Full Text from ERIC” will be broken, because those records link out to the government site referenced above. The screenshot below shows a sample record containing a broken link.

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When attempting to access “Full Text from ERIC” content, you will receive the message below.

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Access to ERIC will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted.

-Kristin

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September 3rd, 2013

Upcoming Webinars: Finding Peer Reviewed Articles and RefWorks

Ebsco_search-buttonFinding Peer-Reviewed Articles in the Library:  Saturday, September 7th, 2013, 10:00 AM  CDT

Do you need to find articles for your coursework or dissertation?  Whether they need to be peer-reviewed or not, if you ever get frustrated that you sometimes get too many or too few results or results that don’t seem on-topic, then join us for this webinar and learn how to search the library databases more effectively.

If the timing of this webinar doesn’t work out for you, see our Library Guides.  We have guides and tutorials that are available 24/7 that can help you with everything from library searching basics, to finding an article for a discussion post,  to finding peer-reviewed articles.

RefWorks:  Thursday, July 12th, 2013, 10:00 AM  CDTRefWorks_Logo_new

Now that you’ve learned how to find articles in the library,  how do you keep track of what you’ve found?  Learn how to collect, organize, and store citations from library databases and other resources using RefWorks.  If you haven’t been using this handy tool to take control of your research process, sign up for a RefWorks webinar today!

If you can’t make this webinar, our RefWorks information page  links to helpful guides, video tutorials and a recording of an earlier webinar to help you get started.

If you still have questions, contact the library.

-Kim

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August 28th, 2013

APA Citing and Formatting

APA-Style_logoAs we approach the end of the quarter, many of you are working on your final papers, so we’d like to remind you to be sure that you include all the references for the sources you cite. Yes, you’ve heard it before, but failure to accurately cite your your sources is considered academic dishonesty.

To avoid accidental plagiarism, it’s helpful to keep track of which resources you’re using as you read them and take notes. You can find out about the library’s four most commonly used organizational tools in our guide, Staying Organized & Keeping Track: Research Tools.

Most of our library databases have a cite function that will generate an APA formatted citation for an article that you can copy and paste into a reference list.  Our Automated Citations from the Library Databases guide will help you find the citing functions in the most frequently used databases.

If you use RefWorks to store your article citations, then you probably already know that RefWorks allows you to create APA formatted bibliographies (reference lists). If you would like more information about using this valuable tool, see the RefWorks information page. It includes links to guides, video tutorials and a recorded webinar that show you the basics of creating and using a RefWorks account.

NOTE: Remember that software-created citations are not always correct.  You will be held responsible for having an accurate reference list, so be sure to get out your APA manual and double check the citations to verify that they are properly formatted.

If you still need some help, here are some other resources:

Finally, though the librarians are not APA experts, if you still can’t figure out how to format a reference citation after using the above tools, please contact us, and we can look through the manual with you to help you find the best example for your citation.

-Kim

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