Quick & Easy Citations with Databases

Citations got you down? There’s an easier way! (CC image by Peter Alfred Hess)

When your professor asks you to cite your sources in APA (or MLA, AMA, APSA, ASFDKJ…), what do you do? If you’re a traditionalist, you might consult a style manual like Purdue OWL and type them out by hand, searching out each piece of information and formatting it accordingly. If you’re looking for a shortcut, Microsoft Word can help you out, or a number of websites like citationmachine.net or easybib.com. Those are all fine options, but I think there’s an easier way. Whether you find your research using QuickSearch, one of the library databases, or even Google Scholar, most modern databases will automatically cite your sources for you, if you know where to look. Continue reading

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Researching African-American History

Harlem Renaissance artist Archibald J. Motley Jr.'s Black Belt, 1934
Black Belt, 1934 by Harlem Renaissance artist Archibald J. Motley Jr.

February is Black History Month, making it an excellent time to highlight some of the many resources in our collection related to African-American history, including some lesser known items like subject dictionaries and online videos.  Continue reading

Finding Full-Text: Alternative to Article Linker

Frustrated trying to find full-text? Read on to learn a foolproof method! (image via flickr)

ArticleLinker can be a little temperamental, I admit. We’re working on getting some of the kinks ironed out, but if you do run into any issues, there’s an alternative method you should know about. If you know of an article that you’d like to track down, you can do so using the publication (journal, magazine, or newspaper) title. Continue reading

Veteran’s Program for Touro Students

(CC0 image via Pixabay)
(CC0 image via Pixabay)

 

Tomorrow, Friday November 11th is Veteran’s Day. This date marked the end of the First World War in 1918, and was first commemorated as Armistice Day in 1919. On the occasion, President Wilson prescribed that the day, “will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.”

As part of the effort to honor and support our veterans, Touro College has developed a Veteran’s Program dedicated to helping servicemen and women “best utilize your hard earned skills and military experience toward achieving your educational and career goals.” Staff members can help you navigate VA, DoD, and other tuition assistance benefits. Touro also offers several support programs to help students attain college prerequisites or set a path towards graduate and professional degrees. A resource list compiled by the Veteran’s department makes it easy to get in touch with outside support systems, such as peer support organizations and social services.

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To get started, visit the Touro Veteran’s Program website, or view a list of contacts to ask questions or seek additional information. Thank you to all of our vets for your service.

Election Day 2016

are-you-ready-to-vote-with-blue-border-web-300-pxQuick, how many electoral votes are needed to win the presidential election? And what exactly is the electoral college? Find out those answers and more, like information on the candidates’ positions, election updates, and information on the U.S. political process on our Election LibGuide, just in time for election day.

Much discussed and highly anticipated, Election Day 2016 will take place on Tuesday November 8th. Hopefully you’re already registered and planning to vote! If you’re not sure if you’re registered, or where your polling place is, you can look up that information at HeadCount.org. Once you know the zip code for your polling place, visit the Vote NY website to view a sample ballot. You can view down ticket candidates and plan your vote, so you’ll be ready to go on Tuesday. Happy voting!

Proquest RefWorks on iPad

(CC0 image via Pexels)
(CC0 image via Pexels)

This post was updated on April 19 2017.

RefWorks is the newest addition to our suite of tools and resources for our students and faculty at Touro. It’s easy to use and can save you oodles of time saving, organizing, and citing your research, like with its one-click bibliography generator. It’s a lifesaver on a laptop, but will it work on your mobile device? Since many of our Health Sciences students use iPads in the classroom, in labs, and to complete their coursework—plus the Midtown, Midwood, and LCW branches of Touro Libraries offer iPads to borrow—I took a close look at how RefWorks works on iOS. Read on to see my findings and get tips to get the most out of the new RefWorks on iPad. Continue reading

It’s Official! RefWorks Comes To Touro

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Beginning this month, the new, totally redesigned RefWorks will be available free to everybody with a Touro.edu email address. Last year, Touro Libraries had a trial of the updated reference manager, first the beta version code-named Flow, and then the initial release. Faculty, students, and librarians alike liked the product so much that we are happy to announce our official subscription has begun.  Continue reading

Going Places: A New Semester at Touro

Happy first day of classes! The library would like to welcome all of our students, both new and returning. We hope to be seeing a lot of you over the next academic year.

If this is your first semester, it’s possible you’ve relied on Google to complete most of your coursework up to this point. You might even get by for a while in college, but sooner or later, you’re going to hit a wall… Continue reading