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I live just a block from Loras. May I use the Loras Library?

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Anyone who has an Iowa public library card and a picture ID may check out books and other items from the library, however, anyone is welcome to use our public computers or any public area in the library.

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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 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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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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Does the Library have a color printer?

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The Library does not have a color printer for patron use. However, patrons can use the color printer available in the Alumni Campus Center, in the lounge area next to Duhawk Market.

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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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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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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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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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Who can use the Loras Library?

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All Loras students, staff, and faculty have borrowing and network privileges; others may also apply for borrowing privileges. Just stop by the check-out desk. Click here for more information.

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

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How do I find DVDs and videos?

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DVDs and VHS tapes are shelved on the second floor, to the right classroom 202. They are separated into three collections, The Wilkie Classic Film DVDs, entertainment DVDs, and eMedia  (educational DVDs and VHS tapes).

To search for a specific title, click the Video tab on the Loras College Library’s homepage.

 

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Is there a place for group study?

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Yes. All floors of the library feature not only group study rooms, where you may close the door for privacy, but group seating areas out in the open.

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Does the Library have quiet study areas available to students?

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The Library has both group and individual study rooms. Students can also use the carrels on floors one, three, and four.  More information about quiet areas is available. In general, the quiet areas are on the first, third, and fourth floors along the Keane Hall side of the building. 4th floor also has a quiet area on the Loras Boulevard side.

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

51 views   |   0   0   |   Last updated on Jun 13, 2019    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 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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I'm looking for the Writing Center. Where is it, and how do I make an appointment?

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The Writing Center is located on the 2nd Floor of the Library in the Miller Academic Resource  Center. Click here to make an appointment with them.

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Can the library material I check out be renewed?

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Most library material can be renewed twice. However, items "on reserve" may not be renewed at all.

Loras College faculty and staff are limited to one renewal, because they are able to check out materials for an entire semester.

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Are food and/or drinks allowed in the Library?

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Food and drink are both allowed in the Library

However, everyone is asked to be careful and to clean up after themselves because crumbs and spills can not only damage library materials directly, but indirectly, by attracting insects.

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How many books can I have checked out at once?

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Students, alumni, and the general public can have 40 books checked out at one time. Faculty can have 100 books checked out at once. 

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

45 views   |   0   0   |   Last updated on Jun 13, 2019    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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