The "Find It!" feature on library web pages might be comparable to a sales clerk with super powers-for finding journal articles, that is.
Think of searching within a subscription database for journal articles as being similar to shopping. You enter a database (like stepping into a shop) and find there is a journal article on your topic (or merchandise) you desire. But sometimes the full text of the article, the merchandise, is not available in that database.
|"Find It!" Super Clerk|
to the Rescue!
After finding a citation to an article within a database but not finding a "click here for full text" option, click the "Find It!" button to get your hands on the full article. Like summoning a super clerk who hovers over the library's databases*, clicking the "Find It!" feature will identify where the full text is actually available. Sometimes you will be directed to another database. Other times you might be notified that the full text of that journal is available on paper or microfilm on the library's first floor. Still other times, you will be directed to the library's free interlibrary loan service to obtain the article-usually within a few days.
From the library's homepage click "Journal Indexes Full Text and More", select a database*, enter search terms, and from the result list, click the "Find It!" button next to any journal article citation for which full text is not immediately available.
*Most, but not all, of the library's databases offer the "Find It!" feature.
Assistance from librarians is only a phone call, a visit to the main floor, or a computer click away! For 60 of the whopping 97 hours each week that the library is open, there is a trained professional available to help researchers find resources and answers to questions. Directing patrons toward resources which are both online or on-site, librarians welcome the opportunity to help you and your students with research needs.
Stop by the Reference Desk on the main floor, call 342-1668, or click "Ask a Librarian" from the library's web homepage.
Jennifer Snoek-Brown, a reference librarian at the Karrmann Library since February 2005, is finishing the first academic year in Wisconsin Library Association's (WLA) WeLead Initiative. The WeLead (Wisconsin Emerging Librarians Exploring and Developing) Initiative was launched in 2005 to attract new WLA members and to help prepare a new generation of library leaders.
One of only four librarians selected statewide, Snoek-Brown received membership in WLA, monies to attend WLA conferences, leadership roles in WLA committees, special leadership programming opportunities, and a professional mentorship with a WLA member, Gretchen Revie of Lawrence University in Appleton.
As part of her personal statement in her WeLead application, Snoek-Brown wrote, "I am passionate about the value of libraries and the vast array of skills librarians and library staff offer, and this passion influences all that I do, both as a librarian and as an individual." She continues, -To borrow from Jonas Salk, 'I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.' I look forward to continuing to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the WeLead Initiative."
For more information on the WLA WeLead Initiative, please visit their website.
Please remember that the Center for Alternative Testing (CAT) is located in 203-2 in the library, near the Circulation Desk on the main floor.
If students need tests read aloud, for example, or computer assistance with taking a test, instructors can call 342-6006 or stop by the CAT office.
Reviewed by John Berg, Coordinator of Public Services for the Karrmann Library
Encyclopedia of Kitchen History by Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Available on the library's main floor with the call number Ref TX653 .S57 2004
This is a wonderful reference book for anyone interested in the diversity of foods, the eating habits of people around the world and the evolutionary development of common household items. The kitchen is the one essential means of life dawning from the pit fires of our early human ancestors to our modern microwave appliances. The three hundred concisely written entries in this encyclopedia consider simple kitchen instruments, procedures and recipes and complex sociological implications of domestic life. Kitchens are not just places to prepare food and eat the food but the very source of family and domestic culture.
Editor, Mary Ellen Snodgrass, skillfully incorporates many voices and experiences into one masterful work that is pleasurable to view and a delight to read.
Kay Young, Editor