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McNichols Library Hours
April 14 – 20
Monday  8:00am – 10:00pm
Tuesday & Wednesday  8:00am – Midnight
Thursday  8:00am – 10:00pm
Friday – Sunday CLOSED for Easter

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April 21 – 28
Monday – Thursday  8:00am – Midnight
Friday  8:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday  12:00pm – 8:00pm
Monday  8:00am – 7:30pm

If you need assistance, call the Research Desk at 313-993-1071 or chat live.
A librarian is available from open to close.
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Good luck on your exams!

Income Tax Forms

It’s that time again, time to file your income tax with the federal government, state, and city.

IRS

To find the federal tax forms, go to: http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs

Michigan taxes

To find the State of Michigan tax forms, go to:

http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,1607,7-238-44143—,00.html

Detroit logo

To find city of Detroit tax forms, go to:

www.detroitmi.gov/Departments/Finance/IncomeTax/tabid/91/Default.aspx

Cities

To find other Michigan cities tax forms, go to the State of Michigan tax forms webpage:

http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,4676,7-238-44143-287984–,00.html

 

For these links and more, click here to check out our new Tax Forms Libguide.

http://libguides.udmercy.edu/tax

 

Here’s hoping you get a hefty return!

Provided by Sue Homant, Librarian

Academic OneFile

AOF

Why would you want to use Academic OneFile? It is an excellent database to begin your research because not only does it contain peer-reviewed, scholarly articles on multiple subjects such as the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and more, but has magazine and newspaper articles as well including the New York Times (1985-present). Academic OneFile has the content you need no matter what topic you have chosen for your research paper and it has many features that you will find useful as you look for articles.

To access Academic OneFile, go to the library portal page, research.udmercy.edu . Click on the third tab,  Article, Journals + Databases.

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Under Find databases by title, select the letter A. Academic OneFile is third on the list. Click and enter your search terms. For example, suppose you are looking for articles about Facebook. Enter Facebook as your search term. If you need scholarly articles, you may limit your search to peer-reviewed. Academic OneFile defaults to full-text. facebook Your results will appear down the center of the screen. On the left side you can choose from academic journals, magazines, books, newspapers, images, videos or audio files. AOF results

 When you click the title of one of the articles in your results list, the text of the article appears. There is a Listen feature so you can hear the article rather than read it. AOF Listen

You will see on the right side, a box labeled Tools.

AOF ToolsYou can View the PDF version of the article, email the article, or download an MP3 of the article.  You can also translate the article into another language.

Academic OneFile also has an option called Citation Tools. By clicking on it, the MLA and APA citation styles of the article opens up. AOF CitationsYou may copy and paste the citation into the Works Cited page of your research paper or you can download the citation first and then copy and paste it. You also have the option of exporting the citation into a citation manager such as EndNote or RefWorks.

So there you have it! The content you need and the features to make your research easier all wrapped up in one package, Academic One File.

How Do I Find Articles?

database tabSpring break is over. It’s time to get serious about those research papers that are coming due. But where to start? Your professor wants you to use scholarly articles but what are those and where do you find them? You start right here at the library research portal, research.udmercy.edu. Simply click on the third tab, Article, Journals + Databases. The UDM Databases are searchable collections of full-text journal articles, abstracts (article summaries), or citations. They have gone through an evaluative process before publication and that is, in part, what makes them scholarly.

So is your research paper on a Psychology topic? How about Social Work? Maybe a paper for an Education class? If you clicked on the Articles, Journals + Databases tab, you should see Find articles in Library databases with Databases by subject beneath it.

databases by subjectClick on the drop down arrow and select the most appropriate subject area for your paper.

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When you click into one of these subject areas, you will be given a list of databases that contain articles specific to that subject area. So for example, if you select Psychology, databases such as PsycINFO, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, and Psychology Collection (Gale) are among the databases available for researching Psychology related topics. Click into one of those databases and begin using keywords to search for articles on your topic.

 

 

To be sure you find full-text articles, when you enter your search terms, look for the option to limit your searches to full-text only. Then your results will contain only citations that have the full-text of the article available through that database. ft2ft1

For more information to begin your research, contact the librarians at 313-993-1071.

Julia Eisenstein, Librarian

 

Stay on Track with an Assignment Calculator

calendar - public domainDo you frequently underestimate the time it will take to complete an assignment … especially a research paper or presentation? There are online tools available to help keep you on track: Assignment calculators. They create a timeline that can help you determine when you need to have completed specific portions of an assignment, so you are not scrambling at the last minute.

Many university libraries have assignment calculators available. To use, all you need to do is put in the date that the assignment is due, and the calculator … calculates … a timeline for you to follow. Some also have links from the calculator to other sites that may be helpful when working on an assignment: choosing a topic, writing a thesis statement, and proofreading strategies.

Try some of them out and see if one of them works for you:

Research Project Calculator – although created for secondary school students, this site will save & share your assignments and send email reminders, if you create an account

UW-Madison – The Assignment Calculator

SJSU – Assignment Calculator

Tulane University Assignment Calculator

 

Don’t wait until the last minute to begin your research!

Jill Turner, Librarian

 

 

 

Exporting an Article From Google Scholar to RefWorks

Exporting from a Google Scholar article is very easy.

Find the article you wish to cite, click Import into RefWorks (appears below the article reference).

RefWorks will automatically open to the login page.RefWorks2

Login to RefWorks

Once you have logged in, RefWorks will put the citation in a last imported folder.

Import References

Click View Last Imported Folder to see the citation in RefWorks.

View Last ImportedViola! Your citation is now in RefWorks.  You may now add it to any folder with your other research references.

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Can You Help Me Find This Article?

One of the most often asked questions the librarians hear is, “Can you help me find this article”? The student has a citation and is seeking access to the complete article. The library has a tool labeled “Find online journals by title” that will allow the user to locate full-text journals in the UDM databases. Here is how it works.

Let’s say you have the following citation and you’re looking for the full-text of the article.

Ashkin, Evan, and Anne Mounsey. “A spoonful of honey helps a coughing child sleep.” Journal of Family Practice. 62.3 (2013): 145-147. Sep. 2013.

From the library homepage, research.udmercy.edu, select the third tab, Articles,  Journals + Databases.

About half way down the page you’ll see “Find online journals by title”. Enter the name of the journal in that search box. For this example, the name of the journal is Journal of Family Practice. Click on Search.

We can see that the Journal of Family Practice is in multiple databases from 1989 to the present. The next step is to select one of the databases.

Then, locate the year in which the article you are looking for was published, in this example, 2013.

Then locate the volume and the issue. In this example, volume 62, issue 3. 

Click on that volume/issue then scroll down until you find the article. Click on the PDF link to open it up.

Julia Eisenstein, Librarian

Reading World News Online

newsWhether you’re looking for the latest information on how Detroit’s new mayor is dealing with crime in the city, or you want to know what government leaders in Baghdad are saying about the insurgents in neighboring Syria, newspapers are some of the best sources for information on current events.  The UDM Libraries provide online access to hundreds of local, national and international newspapers.  The Newsbank database includes articles from the Detroit News, Lansing State Journal, and over a hundred other Michigan newspapers, including several university newspapers.  (UDM’s Varsity News is available on its own website.) Newsbank also includes newspapers from around the country, such as the Denver Post, and from around the world such as The Shanghai Times and Brazil’s O Globo.

If you’re looking for the New York Times of The Times of London, check out the InfoTrac Newsstand database, and the Lexis Nexis Academic database provides even more to choose from.

To access any of the newspaper databases:

  • Click on the “Articles, Journals + Databases” tab on the research portalarticles tab
  • and then click on the “ALL” link that appears in front of the alphabet. ALL
  • Scroll down the alphabetical list of databases that appears and click on the database you prefer and start searching!

Jill Spreitzer, Librarian

New Nursing Streaming Video Database – MedCom/Trainex

MedCom logoThe library has changed streaming videos databases. Our streaming videos now come directly from MedCom/Trainex!

 

Most of the same videos are available, plus there are more newer videos. Videos can still be streamed from off campus. That has not changed. Additionally, the new database contains “extra” content:

  • course overviews
  • post tests
  • learning activities
  • suggested readings

There are a few minor “cons” to the switch. First, the interface looks quite a bit different. Frankly, it is not as “slick” in appearance as the former database. Secondly, you must create an account and set up a password, then log in to your account whenever you want to watch a video.

MedCom log in page editted

Access to the MedCom/Trainex streaming video database can be found in the databases list under “N” and from the UDM nursing homepage database list.

Jill Turner, Librarian

 

See What The Library Has For You

Welcome back! It’s a new term and the library is at your service. Come see what we have to offer. Find materials  for your research needs.  Discover the thousands of electronic books accessible right from your computer – you don’t even have to come to the library to use them (though we would be happy to see you)! We also have databases for searching scholarly articles. Need to use a computer? We have over 50 and you can even print too. Explore our vast collection of audiobooks or choose from an array of music. Looking for a movie or two to watch (hopefully not during class)? We have an extensive collection of DVD’s. We have earbuds, scantrons, and flashdrives available for cheap. Make your paper look professional with our spiral binding system. Stop by the Simply To Go Cafe to grab a coffee or a bite to eat. Then find a place to study or hangout with your friends.  And last but certainly not least, the librarians are available to help you 24 hours a day either in person or online. See you soon!

Julia, Sandra, Jill S. – Librarians

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