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Do I need my Loras ID to check something out?

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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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Can Loras alumni use the Library's subscription databases?

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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 guide.

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Can you help me find information on Beethoven?

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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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Is there a typewriter in the Library for patron use?

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Where can I find the Bible, or different translations of the Bible, in the stacks?

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Bibles (in various translation), and book about the Bible, can be found in the 220s, on the first floor of the library.

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

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

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What is the My List feature in DuSearch?

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The My List feature in the book catalog allows you to save and/or email a list of books you want to remember, find on the shelf, or share with someone else. You can use the feature without logging into your library account, but any books saved to the list will be lost when you close the browser window.

 

To use the My List feature:

•    Search for books that you would like to save.

•    Look for the Save button which is generally located on the right hand side of the screen and click it. The star will fill in if the item was added.

•    Once you have populated your list, look in the upper right hand corner of the screen for a link that says My Items followed by a number (the number is the number of items in your list and will change as items are added and deleted) and click on it, this will take you to your list.

•    To email, select the items you want to email, click on the Email link, enter an email address, and click Send Email.

 

When you are signed in you can create lists. To create a new list:

  • Click on Create List
  • Name your new list and include a description (optional)
  • Select the items you want to put on your list and click save

 

To review your list:

  • Click on your name in the upper right hand corner of the screen
  • Select My Personal Lists

 

To add more items to your list:

  • Save additional titles
  • Click on My Items
  • Select the items you want to add to an existing list
  • Click Move
  • Select the list you want to add the titles to
  • Click Select List

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Where can I take a paper to be critiqued before I turn it in?

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The Writing Center, located in Headwaters, can help with all aspects of the writing process. For more information, or to make an appointment, go to the Writing Center homepage.

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I am a student, and I need to buy textbooks for my class. Where do I go?

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Contact or go to the college Bookstore to buy textbooks for your class. (The library does not buy textbooks for the library collection). The Bookstore is located in the Academic Resource Center opposite the library. Phone: 563-588-4959. Website: â€‹http://loras.bncollege.com/

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Is there a telephone in the Library for patron use?

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There is a courtesy phone outside the elevator on each floor.

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

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"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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My professor will flunk me if he finds plagiarism in my paper. How do I avoid it?

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There's lot of information about what plagiarism and how to avoid it on the library's "Avoiding Plagiarism" guide.

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How do I access the Library catalog and electronic resources from off-campus?

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The Library catalog is freely available from off-campus; all other Library databases require authentication before reaching the resource. Simply enter the user name and password you use when signing into your computer when asked to login. Check the guide to Accessing Databases from Off-Campus for more information.

 

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Does the Library accept donations of magazines I don't need any more?

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Yes. We have a basket of “Free Magazines” at the Check Out Desk near the printer for people to read, cut up, or use for any purpose. Just bring the magazines you’d like to donate to the Check Out Desk and give them to the employee behind the desk.

 

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Can magazines, journals, or newspapers be checked out?

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No, they can only be used in the Library.

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Does the library have any audio/visual equipment that I can borrow?

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The library has a cart with a TV, VCR, and DVD player on it. You can check out the entire cart of equipment for a period of two hours, in-library use only. To borrow the equipment, ask at the Check Out Desk.

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How do I get a book or an article that Loras does not own?

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If another local library has materials you need, it is possible for you to go directly to that library and save yourself the Interlibrary Loan processing time.

Loras College Library shares borrowing privileges with other colleges and universities in the Dubuque area, including the University of Dubuque, Clarke University, Northeast Iowa Community College, and Wartburg Seminary.

Loras College Library participates in the Open Access program through the State Library of Iowa. This allows our patrons to visit other participating libraries and borrow their materials, including the Carnegie Stout Public Library.

If the item is not available through one of these options, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. Start the process.

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How do I renew my books?

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You can renew material by bringing it to the Check Out desk, or by going online.

1.            Go to the Library’s home page (http://library.loras.edu/home)

2.            In the Navigation Bar go to “My Personal Library" and click on the "My Library Account" link.

3.            Enter your Network login and password

4.            There you will see your Account Overview

5.            Click on the renew button after the item you wish to renew

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How do I read one of the library's ebooks?

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Keep in mind that it is not necessary to go through the steps to checkout and download an ebook in order to cite, print, make notes, or use it in any way. You can do all this by "viewing" the ebook online--any notes taken will be saved in your "My EBSCOhost" account.

But, if you think you'll want access to the ebook while offline, then take steps to checkout and download the ebook to your computer!

In order to checkout and download an ebook, you will need a "My EBSCOhost" account. For more information, go to the "My EBSCOhost" tab. More information about ebooks are available here.

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Can I check out items from other local libraries?

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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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