THE LEARNING RESOURCE SYSTEM This handbook is designed to help students understand the services provided by the Learning Resource System and the Learning Resource Center. The Learning Resource System (LRS) is a virtual library that students can access at any time, from anywhere. The LRS is an ideal tool for students to use to complete homework, conduct research, or find helpful resources, because students can launch it easily and securely from the Stanbridge College website. The website contains 5 sections: •
LRS Home- The home page introduces the features of the LRS and contact information.
About- To understand more about the LRS services, students can click on the “About” section.
Library Resources- This section links students to the library’s information resources, including databases, e-books, and a catalog of our print collection.
Subject Guides- This section includes information designed specially for students interested in Vocational Nursing, Information Technology, General Education, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Service Learning resources.
APA Formatting Help- This section offers assistance and helpful web resources to students putting the finishing touches on an essay.
The librarian gives all students an orientation to the Learning Resource System at the beginning of their program. Students receive further training in research methods in the particular courses in which they are required to produce written projects.
THE MISSION OF THE LEARNING RESOURCE SYSTEM The mission of the Learning Resource System is to provide the resources required to meet the learning needs of students in support of the faculty, programs, and educational objectives of Stanbridge College. The Learning Resources System facilitates student learning by providing informational resources and services to enhance and supplement classroom instruction. The Learning Resource System is committed to the development of information literacy skills and lifelong learning on the part of all students in the various educational programs offered by the college. To fulfill its mission, the Learning Resource System and its librarian are committed to giving students: • •
Access to a variety of learning resources in a format that facilitates research; Orientations to enhance students’ knowledge of how to conduct research in an academically responsible manger, including -Policies and procedures of the Learning Resource System; -Guides used to retrieve information for research projects; and -Principles for identifying and evaluating the quality of resources in the research process. Experiences to broaden and deepen knowledge of research in their subject area.
CODE OF ETHICS The Learning Resource System and its librarian adhere to the American Library Associationâ€™s Code of Ethics, found at http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/proethics/codeofethics/codeethics.cfm. COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, US Code) protects and regulates copyright holders in regard to copyright infringement. Copyright infringement is a serious crime and can be severely punished. If a person willfully commits an infringement of copyright, the person can be fined up to $150,000. A person who commits copyright infringement, but who is not aware that he or she has done so, is still liable to be punished by a court of law, though the fine may be reduced. POLICY ON CONFIDENTIALITY The Learning Resource System respects the right of students to seek information, and it will not release any documents about users to anyone, unless the user violates college policy.
HOW TO LOGIN TO THE LEARNING RESOURCE SYSTEM Go to the Stanbridge College website at www.stanbridge.edu. Click on “Login to Student Central” in the top right corner. Type in your Student ID or e-mail address and your password. Once you are logged in successfully, scroll over the “Student Services” tab in the upper part of the screen and click on the “Learning Resource System” tab when it appears. 5. You will now have access to all of the electronic resources that the Learning Resource System offers! 1. 2. 3. 4.
ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE NETLIBRARY E-BOOK COLLECTION • • • •
Login to “Student Central” on the Stanbridge College home page Click on the Learning Resource System, located under the “Student Services” tab Under “Library Resources” select “NetLibrary” Click on the link to NetLibrary
From here, students can browse Stanbridge College’s E-book collection or use an “Advanced Search” to find specific books. Tips for effectively using NetLibrary: -After going to the NetLibrary home page, look for the “In Our Collection” box on the right side of the page. Here, you can click on either the “Ebooks” link, which will take you to the Stanbridge College collection of e-books, or you can look at the “Publically-accessible ebooks”. -Once you have found an e-book that you want to browse, you can skip to a chapter by clicking the links in the left sidebar. You can also search for a specific word or phrase in the text and you will be able to look at a list of all of the cases in which this word or phrase appears. -Users can copy and paste portions of the text into other documents, but only up to a certain amount, due to copyright constraints. -E-books can be viewed by one user at a time. If a desired e-book is in use, you can put in a “hold request”, so that once the e-book is available, it will be held for you for a certain amount of time and you will be sent an e-mail notification that the book is ready for viewing.
ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PROQUEST DATABASES • • • •
Login to “Student Central” on the Stanbridge College home page Click on the Learning Resource System, located under the “Student Services” tab Under “Library Resources” select “ProQuest” Click on the link to ProQuest
From here, students can search on the Nursing and Allied Health database, the Research Library database, and the National Newspaper Abstracts database. Students may choose to perform a basic search or an advanced search that uses Boolean operators. Boolean operators allows the user to search more specifically, combine topics and/or keywords and eliminate other uses AND
Find all of the words ex. Kidney cancer AND treatment This will find all articles that include both kidney cancer and treatment. OR
Find any of the words ex. Kidney cancer OR renal treatment This will find all articles that include kidney cancer or renal treatment, but not necessarily both. AND NOT
Exclude the word ex. Kidney cancer AND NOT treatment This will find all articles that include kidney cancer without any mention of treatment.
Specify Limits This allows the user to select a database, a date range, and how he or she wants to view the documents.
allows the user to search all available databases or one specific database: Research Library, Nursing & Allied Health Source, or National Newspaper Abstracts.
sets a specific time period for a published document.
Limit results to
allows the user to find only full-text articles or only scholarly journals.
More Search Options This allows the user to select several options to focus his or her search for example. Publication title
limits the documents to a specific publication.
allows the user to view the documents in all types of formats, including an annual report, a book, a case study, etc.
Sort Results by
allows the user to view his or her search results by what is most recent or what is most relevant.
My Research This allows the user to save useful documents while browsing and to display the most recent searches made or publications visited. Make sure to mark the box next to the documents you want first; then click on the My Research tab. After making the desired articles, users can read, print, e-mail, cite, mark, or copy the link to the abstract or full text of the selected article. Create Your Bibliography This allows the user to download, print, or e-mail citations or document summaries of selected articles. All students should export citations in APA format, which is the format that Stanbridge College uses in all classes. Citations should be double-checked to make sure that it is correctly formatted. E-mail Article Users can e-mail the full-text, citations, or document summaries of selected articles.
ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE LEARNER In order to use the Stanbridge College Online Learner materials, you must first register and then access the tutorials via our web site. For New Students - Enroll in Online Learner: • • • • • •
Login to Stanbridge College Student Central at http://www.stanbridge.edu. Under “Student Services”, click on “”Learning Resource System” Go to the “Library Resources” tab and click on “Online Learner”. Click “Launch Online Learner” On the home/login page, select Sign in. You will be prompted to sign in using a valid Microsoft Passport ID (this is your e-mail address and password used to access the site each time you log in.). Enter your Microsoft Passport account. If you do not have a Microsoft Passport account, select “Register” in the “Don’t have a Passport?” box to create a new account. After the Microsoft Passport registration is completed, sign in with your Passport account. You will then be returned to the home page. On the home page, in the “ENTER ACCESS CODE” box, review and accept the End User License Agreement. Type the access code for the course you wish to take. Access codes are listed below for the courses you can enroll in. You only need to enter the access code one time to “unlock” your course. (Access codes are case-sensitive. Be sure to include the dashes. Text must be entered exactly as displayed.) For each additional course you wish to take, refer to Step 5.
Access Your Online Courses - My Learning: • •
Click on the course title link to access your online course(s). The Description and Content page appears and includes the modules and lessons for the course. To begin, click on the first lesson title link or the “Begin” button.
Returning Students - When Returning to the Site: You will NOT need to use your access code to access existing content you have enrolled in.
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Login to Stanbridge College Student Central at http://www.stanbridge.edu. Under “Student Services”, click on “”Learning Resource System” Go to the “Library Resources” tab and click on “Online Learner”. Click “Launch Online Learner” On the home page, select the Sign In button Input your Microsoft Passport ID – your email address and password. Click the ACCESS SITE button. Your content will appear on the My Learning page.
When you have completed using Stanbridge College Online Learner, you must click the ‘Record your lab time” link located on the top of the page to properly record your lab time with Stanbridge College. •
If you have any questions regarding Stanbridge College Online Learner, please e-mail email@example.com.
APA FORMAT: A USER’S GUIDE This guide provides a brief overview on how to document your sources in the APA (American Psychological Association) format. The APA format has four primary elements: 1. 2. 3. 4.
Title page A header that includes the title of the essay and the page number In-text citations Reference list
Formatting Guidelines All pages and contents of a research paper should be double-spaced and the margins of the page should be 1 inch on each side. In the title page of the research paper, you should include the following information: • • • •
Insert a header with the title of your research paper on the left side and the page number on the right side. In the center of the upper-half of the page, type your research title. Below the title, type your first name and last name. Type the name of the educational institution (in this case, Stanbridge College) on the next line.
In-text citations If you are quoting directly for a work, you will have to include the author’s last name, the year of the publication, and the page number for each in-text reference. For example, According to Jones (2008), “kidneys regulate electrolytes” (p. 32). Or This is because “kidneys regulate electrolytes” (Jones, 2008, p. 32). If you are paraphrasing the content of an article but are not quoting it directly, you only need to provide the author’s last name and the year of the publication. For example: According to Jones (2008), electrolyte balance is controlled by the kidneys. Or Kidneys are the organ that is responsible for electrolyte balance (Jones, 2008). Reference List
At the end of your paper, you will provide a list of references. Your title will be “Reference List”, centered at the top of the page. The references will be arranged alphabetically by the last name of the author. There are different specific formats for databases and other internet resources. Here is a basic example: Author, A. (2011). Title of reference. Title of Journal, 8(3). Retrieved from http://www.reference.com/. Here are detailed instructions on correctly citing a source in the reference list: •
The author’s last name goes first, then a comma, and then the first initial of the author’s first name, and then a period. If there is no author or the author is unknown, list the name of the company or website that produced the content.
Next, list the year of publication in parentheses, followed by a period outside of the parentheses. If there is no apparent date of publication, list it as (n.d.) for “no date”.
The title of the book, article, or web page is next. The first letter of the first word will be capitalized, but the other words will be lowercase unless they are proper nouns.
If the content comes from a journal or database, type the name of the journal or database in italics. All words will be capitalized (besides “a”, “the”, “or”, etc.), and if there is a volume and/or issue number, the volume number will be italicized and the issue number will be in parentheses right next to the volume number, without a space in between. This is followed by a period.
Finally, if the reference was found online, type “Retrieved from” and then the URL, followed by a period.
If a reference is longer than one line, all of the lines after the first line need to be indented 5 spaces, or one tab. If, when you tab, all of the lines become indented, not just the line you want to indent, move all of the lines to the left and press “enter” at the beginning of the line you want to indent. The line should not move, but when you press “tab”, only that line should be indented.
Need additional assistance? Ask the librarian or refer to the APA writing guide at the Purdue Online Writing Lab website: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ E-mail the librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.