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What is the Roseliep Collection?

8 views   |   Last updated on Jun 29, 2015    Collections

This collection, located on the third floor, contains the literary materials of the late Rev. Raymond Roseliep, Professor of English at Loras College who served in the Department between 1946 to 1982. A description of the collection is available here. Roseliep was an established poet who gained a reputation as a haikuist, and was the winner of the prestigious Henderson Award. He tied for first place in 1977, received an honorable mention in 1979, and won the first place award in 1982.

The Roseliep Collection contains the books from the poet's personal library, his literary correspondence, his own published books, and drafts of published and unpublished work in progress. The collection is available to researchers by appointment. Contact: Heidi Pettitt, (563) 588-7873 heidi.pettitt@loras.edu or Joyce Meldrem, (563) 588-7164 joyce.meldrem@loras.edu.

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How do I add a printer to my laptop?

6 views   |   Last updated on Dec 04, 2014    Equipment

To add a printer in Windows 8:

  1. click on the window-pane button that is right under the screen (not on the keyboard) + the R key on the keyboard to bring up the Run command dialog box;
  2. type in \\prnt02\ and browse for the desired printer;
  3. double-click on the name of the desired printer to add this printer
  4. the newly added printer should now display in your list of available printers. if not, you may need to restart your computer.

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Can you help me find information on Beethoven?

4 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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Can I check out items from other local libraries?

4 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Borrowing

It’s best to ask those libraries directly whether you may have borrowing privileges.

Here is contact information for a few of the local libraries:

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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?

4 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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What are "primary" sources, aka "primary" documents?

3 views   |   Last updated on Dec 02, 2014    Search and Research

Primary Sources are materials directly related to the past by time or participation—things created in the past by people living at the time. Primary sources include photographs, prints, paintings, documents, advertisements, music and film, letters, newspaper articles, and objects.

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

3 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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Do I need my Loras ID to check something out?

3 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Borrowing

Yes, your barcode ID (number on the back of your ID) is used to check out books to you. Please bring it when you come to the library.

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Does the Library have quiet study areas available to students?

3 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Facilities

The Library has both group and individual study rooms. Students can also use the carrels on floors one, three, and four.  A map of the quiet areas is available.

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My professor speaks often about "scholarly articles" or "scholary journals." What is she talking about?

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

Your professor is making a distinction between articles and periodicals that are written for a scholarly audience (students, professors, researcher) versus more popular materials that are written for the general public. There's more information on identifying scholarly resources on the library's guide to "'Popular' vs. 'Scholarly' Periodicals and Articles."

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

3 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Databases

"Films on Demand" is a great online collection of high-quality, educational videos that stream to the computers of Loras faculty, staff, and students. For details, check out the Films on Demand tutorial.

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

3 views   |   Last updated on Aug 14, 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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Are there any newspapers on microfilm?

3 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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Where is the Loras Library?

3 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Basics Location

The Loras Library is in the Academic Resource Center (ARC), in the center of the Loras College campus. Click here for a campus map.

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What is the Special Collections and Rare Book Room?

3 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Collections

The Special Collections and Rare Book Room is located on the third floor of the Library. Items located in this collection include those which are very old, difficult or impossible to replace, limited and first editions, signed copies, unique manuscript materials, books by Dubuque authors, and Loras faculty publications. The Special Collections and Rare Book Room also includes folios by Shakespeare and incunabula (books published before 1501).

Most of the items in this room are in the online catalog.The room is open on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. during the school year, and at other times by appointment. Contact: Heidi Pettitt, (563) 588-7873 heidi.pettitt@loras.edu or Joyce Meldrem, (563) 588-7164 joyce.meldrem@loras.edu.

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Can Loras alumni use the Library's subscription databases?

3 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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How are government documents arranged on the shelf?

3 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Collections

Government documents are arranged by the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) classification system.

Even though Superintendent of Documents numbers use periods, these are not decimal points. The periods simply separate elements of the number.

For example, if you were to look for the document Y 4.W 36:106-10, you would look for each element of the number separately, but in order:

  1. Y4
  2. W36
  3. 106-10
  4. And so on. . . . 
A more detailed explanation of the SuDocs classification system is offered at this link: http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/explain.html.

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

3 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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What are the Library's hours?

3 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Basics Hours

Find the library's hours here. If special circumstances require a change in hours, these changes will also be posted on the campus portal and on the door of the Library.

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

2 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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