Monthly Archives: August 2014

Welcome Back!

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We at Copley have noticed a lot more activity on campus this week, as everyone gears up for another academic year. As you find yourself getting back into the academic year mindset, keep in mind the great things Copley has to offer.

For in-depth assistance, we’ve got workshops. Check the calendar for upcoming student and faculty workshops. We’ve got everything from learning the basics of the library to using social media professionally.

If you’re a new student, either incoming freshman or new transfer student, you have a Personal Librarian! Check out the guide to this program on our website to find out who your Personal Librarian is and how he or she can help you in your first year at USD.

Faculty, we’ve got services just for you! Stop by Copley to take a look at our Faculty Services flyer for information on checking out books, reserve materials, instructional services, contact information for your subject liaison, and more.

Got a question? We’ve got answers! Get in touch with a subject specialist librarian or visit the reference desk for drop-in help. You can also get in touch virtually, via email or chat.

As always, feel free to drop by any time to say hello, see what’s new, or just spend a little time in our university library. We’re looking forward to a great year!

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Power your Research with ProQuest

Copley Library has access to 11 databases through the ProQuest platform.  Some of the databases include the New York Times historical newspapers and current content as well as the LA Times.  Similar to the EBSCOhost platform, all databases within the ProQuest platform are cross-searchable.  Most searches can start with a basic keyword search that is located at the top center of the webpage.  You can narrow down your search by clicking on one of the subject area icons or clicking on “Advanced search.”

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If you want to research under a particular database, you must click on databases on the upper left hand corner and specifically choose which database you’re interested in.  You have the option to research under all the databases or a select few.

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Another great feature with the ProQuest platform is the ability to create your own research account.  Creating a research account is a great way to save previous searches as well as save any important articles for your research.  You can customize your account to receive search alerts and share some of your research with your classmates and colleagues.

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If you have any further questions about the ProQuest database or any other database, please do not hesitate to contact a librarian.  We’re here to help!

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