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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 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.


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


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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.


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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.


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July 22nd, 2013

Changes to Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business School Publishing has decided to convert the most popular Harvard Business Review articles to read-only status by disabling the use of the Tools feature in Business Source Complete.  Printing, emailing, saving, citing, and exporting capabilities will no longer be available for 500 of the 12,000+ Harvard Business Review articles.  The records for all read-only articles will be marked accordingly within the database.

The change to read-only status is scheduled for August 1. Anyone interested in maintaining the ability to print and save articles has the option to purchase a personal Harvard Business Review subscription for $89.


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July 1st, 2013

Spotlight: New Databases

Our library has recently added a number of new databases! Have you had a chance to check them out yet? Get a jump-start on the new quarter by looking through the Database Guides for the new databases:

  • CINAHL Complete (Updated from CINAHL with Full Text): A nursing and allied health database containing more than 1,300 full text journals. Topics covered include nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health, and 17 allied health disciplines.
  • IBISWorld: Contains 700 industry reports between 35 and 50 pages. Each report covers the competitive landscape, industry outlook, products and markets, operating conditions, key statistics, industry performance, and more. IBISWorld can only be used for academic purposes.
  • LGBT Life with Full Text: With a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, this database includes more than 130 full text journals and over 170 books.
  • PsycTESTS (NOTE: Link goes to Library Announcement; Database Guide forthcoming): A repository of tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments. Records include descriptive information, development and administrative documentation, and, in many cases, a copy of the instrument with permission for immediate use.
  • SAGE Research Methods: With a focus on research methods this collection contains over 175,000 pages of books, journal articles, and reference materials in additional to a growing collection of videos. Explore methods concepts to design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method.

You can also browse through the complete list of our Database Guides. For a complete list of our library databases, see the Databases A-Z list.

There is a new Spotlight posted every week. To see previous posts in this series, click the Spotlight tag:

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June 10th, 2013

Spotlight: Find Missing Citation Information

The end is near! For most of you this is the last week of the quarter. While you have hopefully already seen these guides, these guides are for projects that you may have been working on all or part of the quarter that are due during the last week. Below the assignment guides, we will feature guides that may help as you are wrapping up your final week.

As you’re finishing up your final assignments, have you come across any references that are missing information, and you’re not sure where to find it? The Searching by Author Library Guide gives tips on how to search with a partial citation, so that you can find the information you’re missing.

Need to create a PowerPoint presentation for your final assignment? Look through the PowerPoint Presentation Library Guide for tips on creating presentations.

There is a new Spotlight posted every week. To see previous posts in this series, click the Spotlight tag:

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May 29th, 2013

Academic Publishing Opportunities

As you progress in your research at Capella, you may begin to consider publishing your work. The Graduate Writing Center has an Academic Publishing Page with tips and information on the process of writing and submitting an article for publication.

Choosing the Right Journal is an important part of the publishing process.  Here are two resources that will help you make an informed decision on where to submit your hard work:

  • In our library: Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities.  This directory of journals and publications can help you find the right journal in the fields of Business, Education, Psychology, Computer Science, and Health.
  • On the web: Scholarly Open Access: Critical Analysis.  This blog evaluates many open-access journals and publishers who may exhibit predatory or otherwise questionable practices.  If the publication offer you get seems too good to be true, be sure to ask a lot of questions and check the answers you receive against other sources.

– Sam

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May 28th, 2013

Spotlight: Legal Research

Thanks for checking out our blog! This week, we will start with a list of guides that have been created for week eight assignments, then we will be featuring guides on how to do legal research using our library.

Don’t see your course listed here? Some guides have been created for entire courses rather than specific assignments. Check out our full list of assignment guides to see if your course has a guide.

Need to do legal research or find information on laws? Use the guides below for tips:

There is a new Spotlight posted every week. To see previous posts in this series, click the Spotlight tag:

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May 22nd, 2013

New Research Methods Database

Do you need to conduct primary research using a specific methodology?  Do you need to know which methodology is best for the type of information you want to gather? 

The library is please to let you know that we recently added the Sage Research Methods (SRM) database.

Sage Research Methods

SRM is a tool designed specifically to help students and faculty with their research projects. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods, or identify a new method. Since SRM focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.

With the addition of SRM, we now have a multiple-user copy of one of our most highly sought-after resources!

Phenomenological Research Methods by Clark Moustakas is one of our most-requested Interlibrary Loan (ILL) books of all time.  It’s also a required textbook for many methodology courses.  And it’s a very popular text for learners taking their comprehensive exams.

To find Phenomenological Research Methods in the library, click on the Books tab and enter the title of the book.  You should get one result.  To get to the book itself, click on the link for the database, SAGE Research Methods Online.

Link to book in Journal and Book Locator

For additional instructions on how to use Journal and Book Locator to find books, take a look at our Journal and Book Locator Guide.

Still have questions about finding articles by methodology?  Other great resources in the library include our Search by Methodology guide and our Ebook List on Methodologies.

– Sam


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May 20th, 2013

Spotlight: Finding Statistics

Looking for specific data? We have a great guide that contains tips on finding data sets and statistics. Check out our list of assignment guides first to see if any of your assignments this week has a guide, then use the link below to go to our Statistics and Government Resources Library Guide.

Don’t see your course listed here? Some guides have been created for entire courses rather than specific assignments. Check out our full list of assignment guides to see if your course has a guide.

Do you need to find data or statistics? While we do not have data sets in our library, the Statistics and Government Resources Library Guide gives suggestions and links for where to find statistics available on the internet. Browse through this guide to see if there is a web site that might have the information you are looking for.

There is a new Spotlight posted every week. To see previous posts in this series, click the Spotlight tag:



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