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I'm looking for the Center for Dubuque History (CDH). Where is it, and when is it open?

20 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Collections Location

The Center for Dubuque History is located in the Academic Resource Center/Library, on the lowest level. Hours are somewhat irregular; for best results, email archivist Mike Gibson for an appointment.

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Are there any newspapers on microfilm?

19 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Collections

Yes. The Library has the New York Times from 1851–2008 on microfilm. Dubuque newspapers (including the Telegraph-Herald) dating from 1836–present are also on microfilm, as are a few old newspapers from the Iowa towns of Cascade, Dyersville, and Farley, and the Illinois town of Galena.

For more information, see the list of titles posted on the microfilm cabinets.

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Does the library have resouces especially for the course that I'm in?

17 views   |   Last updated on Jun 18, 2014    Research guides Search and Research

Perhaps. We have developed research guides for several courses. If your course is not on the list, check the subject guides for a research guide for the major.

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I'm supposed to use the library database "GreenFILE." How does it work?

15 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Databases

"GreenFILE" offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. For details, go to the library's tutorial on GreenFILE.

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Can you help me find information on Beethoven?

15 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Search and Research

We have a great database for finding information on Beethoven and other musicians or music topics. It’s called Grove Music Online.

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How do I find a Supreme Court case?

15 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Search and Research

Supreme court cases can be found online and in print. Go to the library's research guide for court cases for directions and links.

Loras Library shelves bound volumes of Supreme Court opinions in two locations, depending on the date:

U.S. Supreme Court Reports [ Law.ed. & L.ed.2nd]
Call Number: 345.4 Us3R La. | 2nd Floor Stacks
Publication Date: 1884-1971
United States Reports [ U.S. ]
Call Number: JU 6.8: | 1st Floor Government Documents stacks
Publication Date: 1966- present
 

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I'm supposed to use the library database "PsycInfo". How does it work?

15 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Databases

"PsycInfo" is a very versitile database with more than 3 million records devoted to peer-reviewed literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health. For details, go to the library's PsycInfo tutorial.

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I've heard the federal government is putting on their legislative documents online? How do I learn about this?

15 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Search and Research

Yes, the federal government is going online in a big way. Check out FDsys (which stands for Federal Digital System) for material from all three branches of government. For details, go to the library's tutorial to FDsys.

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I'm supposed to use the library database "Business Source Premier." How does it work?

14 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Databases

"Business Source Premier" provides full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. All disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics are included. For more details, go to the library's tutorial for Business Source Premier.

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i got an email that said it was from my "Personal Librarian." Who is this, and what is a Personal Librarian?

14 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Search and Research

If you're a least a sophomore, and have declared a major, you have a "personal librarian" here at Loras College Library. Which librarian is your Personal librarian is determined by your major. Visit "Your Personal Librarian" to learn more about the program, and to determine yours!

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I've heard the federal government and the Census Bureau are the best sources for demographic statistics. How do I start my search?

14 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Search and Research

Yes! Start with American FactFinder, from the U. S. Bureau of the Census, which provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. It is an important source for population, housing, economic and geographic information. The data in American FactFinder come from several government-sponsored censuses and surveys. For details on how to use American Factfinder, go to the library's tutorial on American Factfinder.

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Can Loras alumni use the Library's subscription databases?

14 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Research guides Search and Research Databases

Yes and no.

The library's catalog is available from on and off campus.

Other library databases, such as those linking to articles and ebooks, are available in the library building only, per our licenses with the database vendors. You may visit the Loras College Library and access the databases by using our public desktop computer stations near the check-out desk.

For a description of other library services for alumni, go the the Alumni Services Info Guide.

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Does the Library have copies of old Loras yearbooks and student newspapers?

14 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Collections

Old yearbooks (The Purgold) and student newspapers (The Lorian) are kept in the Loras College Archives on first floor. There are also copies of yearbooks and student newspapers in the main stacks.

The Purgold is located on second floor at call number 378.777P C723P. The Lorian is located in the Oversize area on first floor at call number 378.777q C723C Lo.

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I'm supposed to use the library database "Value Line Investment Survey." How does it work?

13 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Databases

"Value Line Investment Survey" provides a wealth of in-depth financial information, plus objective research, insightful commentary, proven price projections, and advanced analytical tools. For details, go to the library's tutorial for Value Line.

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I'm supposed to use the library database "ARTStor". How does it work?

13 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Databases

"ARTStor" is a great source for images of subjects in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. Check out the ARTStor tutorial for details.

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Someone mentioned that Zotero could help me keep track of paper references. How does it work?

13 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Search and Research

Zotero is a web browser add-on that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. For information on using and install Zotero, go to the library's guide to Zotero.

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How can I look something up in Luxembourgers In the New World?

13 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Search and Research

The book Luxembourgers in the New World Vol. 2 contains the only index to surnames to the Luxemburger Gazette newspaper. The Loras Library has 2 sets of the microfilm.  We loan out one set via inter-library loan and the other set is kept in the microfiche cabinets for use here at Loras.  If a patron wants a scan or photocopy of a certain page of surnames the Loras College archivist Mike Gibson can oblige, but is unable to look up the actual citations in the newspapers and print/scan a certain page(s). To borrow the microfilm, contact the interlibrary loan department of your local library.

Note: The Luxembourg government is considering scanning the microfilm of the newspaper which would either be available on-line or put on a site where there would be a fee to access it. Stay tuned.

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I'm supposed to use the library database "Proquest Criminal Justice." How does it work?

13 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Databases

"Proquest Criminal Justice" is a comprehensive collection of U.S. and international criminal justice journals. For details, go to the library's tutorial for Proquest Criminal Justice.

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I'm a staff member at Loras College. What can the library do for me?

13 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Basics

Great! Take a look at our guide to staff services. Hope to see you in the library soon!

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I'm supposed to use the library database "JSTOR". How does it work?

13 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Databases

"JSTOR" is a database archive of scholarly journal articles and primary source materials on a wide variety of disciplines. For details, go to the library's tutorial on JSTOR.

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