Procrastinators Rejoice!

The Ross Pendergraft Library is open 24 hours the rest of this week to help you finally pull off what you’ve been putting off.  Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 7th, the Library will be open until Friday, 9:00 P.M.  In addition to 24 hour service for Wednesday and Thursday, we’re also extending our Friday night hours.

As always our full finals schedule, as well as our reduced winter interim hours, is posted to our Library Hours page: http://library.atu.edu/about/hours/.   Alas, the Music Lab and Interlibrary Loan offices will retain their normal operating hours.

You will still be able to check-out materials, return items, borrow headphones, and ask Reference questions.  However, no fine payments will be accepted after midnight.

Late night study-animals will be treated to coffee, tea, and texting trivia.  Stress-relieving crayons and coloring books are positioned around some of the tables—color in case of emergency.  If you take a picture of the artwork, send it to askalibrarian@atu.edu–we might even put it on our Facebook refrigerator wall.

A colorbook owl saying, "You should be studying!"

You can also follow us on Twitter for more news, announcements, or pictures of the night owls of #clubpendy.

Also, when a second floor study group starts becoming less about study and more about group, summon a shushing librarian to the scene by sending a text with location and details to: 479-802-4876.  Our Text-A-Librarian service can also be used to provide instantaneous, expert answers for research, citations, and the brew strength of the library coffee.

Coffee Pots, coffee cups, and a poor attempt at a meme referencing the one about barber dialogues.

So join us again—our 5th semester—to burn the midnight oil in a place that always has your back and is cheering on your success to the finish.  You’ve made it this far—keep going and good luck on finals!

The Citation Situation

As the semester wraps up, many students are also wrapping up their research papers and projects.  The all-important bibliography looms, and preparing that last page or two often becomes more complicated than it initially seemed.  The Ross Pendergraft Library is here to help with a pretty amazing citation tool called Refworks.

Refworks is the citation management platform that collects, stores, and organizes the research you have found using scholarly databases.  It also creates bibliographies from those citations in an online interface accessible from anywhere.  You can find links to Refworks on our homepage: http://library.atu.edu.

For many students, organizing their research can be daunting.  Articles stored on one computer may not be accessible elsewhere.  Links saved by email can get lost in the daily flood of other emails, and creating citations manually from articles is time-consuming and prone to errors .  Citation creation tools like KnightCite or the Citation Machine still require manual entry and do not interact with library databases.

Refworks can solve a lot of the problems with collecting, storing, organizing and creating bibliographies from research articles.

First, it interacts with most of our databases, including FindIt, Ebsco and Proquest databases, and Google Scholar.  This means if you find an article you like and want to access it later, choosing “export” or “save” from the tool bar within the article imports the citation directly into Refworks.

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No need to manually type citation information.

Second, Refworks lives online.  When you access it, even from off-campus, your citations are all still there, including a link back to the article.  The new edition of Refworks also allows you to create citations directly from saved PDFs, so if you downloaded the article but not the citation, you can still create a citation from it and store it online in Refworks.

Next, Refworks helps you organize your citations into folders through a simple drag and drop.

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Then, when you are ready to create your bibliography, click the Create Bibliography button.

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The bibliography can be generated in almost any citation style, including APA 6th edition, MLA 8th edition, Chicago 16th edition, and more.   While this machine-generated bibliography may be more accurate than some other services, you MUST still check for errors, especially with capitalization and punctuation.  Verify the accuracy of this and all other citation generators with official style guides, available at the Reference desk of the Library, or with the Online Writing Lab at Purdue (OWL).

You can do more with Refworks tools, such as the “Save to Refworks” browser extension that allows you to save ordinary websites as citations within your account, including details such as author, title, abstract, publication date, and more, depending on the quality of the website:

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Ready to get started?  Create a new Refworks account by finding the link on our homepage under “Research.”  First-time Refworks users should click the “New” version.  Accounts created in Refworks are completely independent of the campus username and password system, even though it requires an ATU email address.  Click “Create Account” to get started:

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If you already have a Refworks account in the newer platform, simply sign-in.  If you have an account in the “Old” or Legacy Refworks edition, you can continue to use it, but be advised that this service will be discontinued in the last part of next year.  To migrate your existing citations now to the new platform, follow the instructions in the research guide for Refworks [New Platform].

Don’t forget—plagiarism is a serious offense with long-term consequences for your academic progress.  If you fail to cite the sources of ideas not your own, you may be found guilty of academic dishonesty.  Learn more about how to keep yourself safe in our research guide for avoiding plagiarism.

For more assistance with Refworks, citations, and all other library services, email your ‘inciteful’ librarians at askalibrarian@atu.edu.  Faculty can also schedule classroom instruction on this service with one of our librarians or share their Refwork collections with others.

Thanksgiving Hours

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The Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center will be closing early Tuesday, November 22nd, at 9:00 PM and Wednesday, November 23rd at 5:00 PM (or whenever the University closes).  It will not reopen until Monday, November 28th, at 7:00 AM.  See … [Continue reading]

Taking Reservations

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Need a room for a small group meeting?  Need a quiet space to study without distractions? The Library has made it easier than ever to grab a study room using our online reservation system, Book It.  You can reserve a room online at any time from … [Continue reading]

Do You Even Science?

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The Library has bulked up lately on new, performance-enhancing databases in science and engineering.  Let the library spot you on the following new tools to help bring your research game to the next level: Advanced Technologies & Aerospace … [Continue reading]

Recording in Progress

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Have you ever wanted to start your own talk show or record and mix your own song?  The Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center would like to invite you to our new state-of-the-art recording studio, located on the second floor in room 204.  The … [Continue reading]

Read or Be Read

The Ross Pendergraft Library is now accepting volunteers to be a book for the 2016 Human Library on November 1st & 2nd.  Volunteers will be a living, breathing ‘book’, telling their personal stories about facing prejudice, discrimination, … [Continue reading]

Back to School Basics

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As you can imagine, the Library one of the major stops for new students and newly returning students trying to get ready for the new year.  We get asked a lot questions during this time, and--as librarians--finding answers is well…kind of our … [Continue reading]

Library Facts for Faculty

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Welcome back, faculty!  Or, in the case of brand new faculty—welcome to Arkansas Tech!  The Ross Pendergraft Library offers many services to support the research, curriculum, and curiosity needs of faculty, on or off-campus.  Here’s a list of a few … [Continue reading]

Olympic Throwback

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Tucked away in the rare book collection of the Ross Pendergraft Library is a curious piece of Olympic history.  Inside the library’s Special Collections is a volume documenting the history of the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles,  Die Olympischen … [Continue reading]