Archive for December, 2009

Keywords are Key for Finding Relevant Results

Determining the right keywords for your search is essential. Keywords are the building blocks of your search and will either make or break your search. Databases are precise matching tools. When you’re typing keywords in the databases you’re going to get results that use the exact words and phrases you searched. “Garbage in, garbage out” […]

Renting Textbooks?

In November Erin blogged about scholarly article rental. Well apparently there is a company that allows you to rent your textbooks. offers textbook rental with different options for the length of time: Semester (125 days), Quarter (85 days), and 60 day rental. While I haven’t used the service nor can I vouch that their […]

New Quarter’s Resolution – Stop Procrastinating!

As an undergraduate student I was the queen of procrastination. It was unbelievable how much schoolwork I could put off and then cram into the last two weeks of classes. Of course, as an adult graduate student I was busy juggling work, home and school all at the same time. I quickly learned that I […]

New PsycBOOKS Titles! – November 2009

PsycBOOKS added the following titles to its coverage list in November 2009. Of the titles added, 5 were APA books and 20 were designated classic books. (Classic books are landmark titles in psychology and are selected by APA experts.) APA Books 1. Body image, eating disorders, and obesity in youth: Assessment, prevention, and treatment (2nd […]

Research Troubles Ailing You? We Have the Remedy

You have research and library problems? We have solutions. Below is a table with the most common problems learners run in to as they conduct research for their assignments and links to corresponding video tutorials and PDF guides. Try learning something new over break and see if you can solve those persistent problems you’ve encountered […]

My Troubles with Google Scholar

I’ll admit it – I’m a total Google Scholar addict. I can’t tell you how often I open up that search page and type in a title or topic. It’s really useful, especially when I get a call from a learner who has only half a citation. But Google Scholar isn’t without its problem. Professor […]

Your Favorite Database: More There Than Meets the Eye!

Most Capella Library databases default to search only the full text available to you immediately in the Capella Library. When you are working on coursework, often with tight deadlines, this is helpful. However databases also classify articles in journals to which the Capella Library does not subscribe. So how do you see those articles? In […] Social Networking Haven for Researchers is a little bit Facebook and a little bit Twitter, but completely focused on helping connect you with people who are conducting research in your field and keeping up with the current research trends. When you sign up for a free account it also gives you your own academic web page. Here’s the example […]

Where is the Full-Text in ERIC?

We get many calls and emails from frustrated users who do a search in ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) and don’t see the PDF Full Text link which indicates the article is available. ERIC is a little different than our other databases so the the “trick” is to remember when you are searching ERIC if […]