A New Year

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Without a doubt, 2016 has been an eventful year. Whether good, bad, or most likely a little of both, a new calendar year offers a symbolic chance for a fresh start. We urge everybody to take advantage of a new year and a new semester by rededicating yourself to doing your best work and setting yourself up for success.

If it’s academic success you’re chasing, there’s no better place to start than the library. Whether you’re looking for study space, books and articles for a research project, or help citing your sources, you can visit us in person or online. Don’t forget that librarians are available and happy to answer your questions.

But the library is about more than just coursework; we encourage you to take advantage of the resources available to you at this unique time in your life to dig deeper into the topics you encounter in your classes and your interests from other parts of your life. Check out a documentary, magazine, or ebook on the topic of your choice. As one wise man once wrote, “The more that you read, the more thinks you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Happy New Year!

Project Gutenberg: Read the Classics (and more) for Free

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visit www.gutenberg.org for copyright-free reads

Project Gutenberg is a volunteer organized digital library of literature and other cultural works. According to their mission statement “The mission of Project Gutenberg is simple: To encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks. This mission is, as much as possible, to encourage all those who are interested in making eBooks and helping to give them away. In fact, Project Gutenberg approves about 99% of all requests from those who would like to make our eBooks and give them away, within their various local copyright limitations. Project Gutenberg is powered by ideas, ideals, and by idealism. Project Gutenberg is not powered by financial or political power. Therefore Project Gutenberg is powered totally by volunteers” (Project Gutenberg Mission Statement). Continue reading

RefWorks for iPad

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(CC0 image via Pexels)

RefWorks is our 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 finding and get tips to get the most out of 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

Start the semester off right: 4 tips for academic success

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(CC0 image by Jay Mantri)

Whether you’ve been at Touro for a few semesters or you’re joining us for the first time, there a few key steps all students should take to make sure you’re set up to do your best. Writing and research is an inescapable part of most college courses, but it can sometimes be a frustrating process. The good news is that the library is here for all your research needs, from finding sources and understanding new information, to academic writing and creating citations. In fact, a recent report released by the ALA found that, “students who receive library instruction as part of their courses achieve higher grades,” and gain “confidence with the research process.” If that sounds good to you, make sure that you follow these tips! Continue reading

Touro College of Dental Medicine Welcomes Its Inaugural Class

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Touro College recently opened the doors to a brand-new dental school, located on the NYMC campus in Valhalla, New York. Over 100 eager soon-to-be dentists had their orientation last week, and I was invited to come up to let them know about the many library resources that are available to them. Even if you’re not a dental student, most of the following applies to you too! Here’s a summary: Continue reading

Bother A Librarian Today

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A librarian’s dream: Patrons lining up at the reference desk! (image via NYPL Digital Collections)

“I hate to bother you, but…”

Just stop right there.

Librarians want to be bothered.

We are waiting for your questions.

Each question is an adventure. You ask for help; we go on a quest to seek the information. The puzzle to figure out the best keywords to pull up better articles is a mystery to be solved.  Continue reading

Tech Tips: Google Scholar and Your Library

Google Scholar works with your Touro library databases to make finding research quicker and easier
Google Scholar works with your Touro library databases to make finding research quicker and easier (CC image)

Did you know that Google Scholar can automatically direct you to free full-text copies of articles that Touro Libraries have in our subscription databases? This is a fact I tout frequently in library workshops, but until a particularly astute question from a student in my orientation last week, I hadn’t ever given much thought to exactly how this piece of internet magic actually worked.

But first, let’s back up a little:
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It’s National Library Week!

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National Library Week is being celebrated this week, from April 10-16th. This year’s theme is “Libraries transform.” Libraries, and the knowledge and people within them, have the potential to transform people’s lives in many different ways. At Touro College Libraries, we strive to play a part in our students transformations into successful college graduates. We provide information, assistance, and a comfortable place to study, but it’s our instructional services that are at the heart of our education efforts.  Continue reading