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

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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 Loras alumni use the Library's subscription 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 guide.

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Does the library have free WIFI?

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If you are a student/faculty member, you can log onto WLoras WI-Fi using your Loras username and password.

The library has free WIFI for visitors, but when the students are using the WIFI network, it can be a bit slow to respond. When you are visiting, ask at the Library Services Desk for the WIFI password.

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Does the library have reading or circulating copies of the textbooks used in classes?

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Generally, the Library’s collection development policy discourages the purchasing of textbooks. However, you can check the library catalog here.
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How do I use the scanning microfilm reader?

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Instructions for using the microfilm readers are posted by the readers. If you have any problems, ask a Librarian.
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What are "primary" sources, aka "primary" documents?

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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. You can learn more about primary sources at the Library's topic guide.
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Where can I find the Bible, or different translations of the Bible, on the shelves?

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Bibles (in various translations), and books 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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The Library is here to help you meet both your professional and personal goals. Take a look at our guide to staff services for more information. Hope to see you in the library soon!

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What and where is the print release computer?

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The print release computer is located next to the public printer on the 2nd (entrance) floor of the Library. The public printer is on the left just past the Library Services Desk.

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How do I add a printer to my laptop?

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To add a printer in Windows 10:

 1. click on the window-pane key + the R key on the keyboard to bring up the Run command dialog box;

 2. type in \\prnt01 and hit OK, then scroll to the desired printer;

 3. right-click on the name of the desired printer and select Connect

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

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To answer basic questions about copyright, the library maintains an information guide on copyright.
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I live just a block from Loras. May I use the Loras Library?

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Probably. Anyone who has an Iowa public library card and a picture ID may check out books and other items from the Library. Please bring your library card so we may use that barcode to set up an account for you here.

Anyone is welcome to use our public computers or any public area in the library.

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What is a "call number"?

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A call number is the collection of numbers, letters, and punctuation on the lower spine of each book in the library. Each book has a unique call number, and it is the key to finding the book on the shelf.
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I just want to use the Library's online catalog. Where can I do this?

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A link to the library's online catalog is available on our home page. If you're in the library building, there's a computer at the check-out desk you can use.
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How do I download an ebook to my laptop?

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Most of Loras Library's EBSCO eBooks can be downloaded to your computer. Note that many will only allow you to download a chapter or section at a time. Here's how:

1. Click the Download (Offline) link for the eBook you would like to download.

2. Select a Checkout period from the drop-down menu and click the Checkout & Download button.

3. The eBook is added to the Checkout area of the folder, accessible from the upper-right corner of the EBSCOhost interface. If you are not logged into your My EBSCOhost folder, you are prompted to do so.

4. Select Open with or Save File from the resulting dialog box.

If you select Open with, your eBook is opened with Adobe® Digital Editions. See this guide for information about downloading Adobe Digital Editions. If you select Save file, the eBook is saved to your computer and can be opened with Adobe® Digital Editions at a later time.

5. When a downloaded eBook is opened, it is displayed in Adobe® Digital Editions.

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What if I'm in the Library and unable to print?

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The students at the Library Services Desk are happy to help you troubleshoot printing problems, but there are two things you can check easily yourself.

  1. Did you select the right printer? Double check on the instruction sheet next to the printer for the proper name.
  2. Are you on the WLoras wifi network? If you aren’t on the correct network, you won’t be able to print.

 

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Where are the copiers located and how much does it cost to make copies?

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There is a coin-operated copy machine near the reading room of the Center for Dubuque History on first floor. Copies cost fifteen cents each.
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What and where is the PreK-12 Collection?

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The PreK-12 Collection is a collection of young adult and children's literature, mostly collected for use by the Education department, but available to be checked out by all Loras College library users.

The PreK-12 Collection is located on the 1st floor of the Miller Academic Resource Center, on the south, or the Loras Boulevard side of the building.

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Do you have old newspapers and other resources on microfilm? How do I find it?

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You can find a list of our microfilm titles on our Microfilm Guide as well as on the guides on the microfilm cabinets. If you can’t find a guide to the collection you are interested in, the guide may be on reserve at the Library Services Desk.

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How do I find a Supreme Court case?

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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 College 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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