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

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

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

16 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?

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

16 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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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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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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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 "Business Source Premier." How does it work?

15 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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Can Loras alumni use the Library's subscription databases?

15 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 accept donations of magazines I don't need any more?

14 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Collections

Yes. We have “Free Magazine” shelves located in the Reading Room on the third floor of the Library. Just bring the magazines you’d like to donate to the Check Out Desk. Each week, new free magazines are added.

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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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Does the Library have a local history and genealogy collection?

14 views   |   Last updated on Jun 03, 2014    Collections

The Center for Dubuque History, located on first floor, maintains the largest collection of local history resources in the tri-state region, featuring a large photograph collection, maps, art work, local business and organizational records, letters, manuscripts, diaries, post cards, oral histories, government records, and published books related to the Dubuque area and the Upper Mississippi River lead mining region.

Also included are numerous reference materials useful to genealogical researchers including state and federal census data, plat books, old newspapers, obituary files, city directories, individual family histories, etc.

Please make an appointment in advance to use the collection. Contact: Michael Gibson, Center for Dubuque History Director (563) 588-7163 michael.gibson@loras.edu

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

14 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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Can you help me find a critical essay / literary criticism on Nathaniel Hawthorne?

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

Check out our research guide for ENG 111: Critical Writing.  In particular, be sure to check out the database Literature Resource Center.  You can do a Person Search to find articles about a particular author, or a Works Search to find articles about a particular novel, story, or poem.

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How do I get access to the full-text of an article, if there's not a link to it in the database I am using?

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

Good question! Look for the "find full text" link in the database, and click it to find an alternate path to your full-text article.

This tutorial "How to Access the Full Text of Articles" gives you the details.

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I need some information of copyright rules. Where should I go?

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

To answer basic questions about copyright, the library maintains an information guide on copyright.

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