How do faculty create a book list of titles for students to check out and read?

To set up your book list, go to the library home webpage under electronic resources and select Online Catalog.  A link is also located at the top of the Curriculum library webpage.

  • On the right side of the page, select My Items. 
  • Enter your user name:  (first initial and last name all lower case)
                   pin number : (contact a librarian)
  • Select Create New Book List. 
  • Enter the title for your booklist.  To reduce confusion we recommend that you use the class name as listed in the following example:  RL 200 New Testament I. Click Save.
  • Select View to go to the search screen to start your list.
  • Enter your search terms.
  • Select titles by clicking on the box to the left of the title.
  • Click Add to Book List at the top of the page.
  • To deselect items, select items and click Remove Selected.
  • You can click View to double check your list.
  • Select Back or My Items to return to your results page.
  • Select Display Book List and Printable Version to print final list.
  • Select My Items on the right to return to your library account page.
  • Select Enable to activate your book list.
  • Select Book Lists on the right side menu to view the book lists for class courses. 
    Students will be able to click Book Lists and select View by the class title to access recommended resources for your classes.

How do I request an Interlibrary Loan?

If a book or article is not available, the Library can often get it through interlibrary loan from another library. This service generally takes about two weeks and is not guaranteed. The best advice is to request an item as soon as possible. Before requesting an item check the library's online catalog and periodical holdings to be sure the library does not already own the item. Many items may be available on Academic Search Premiere[EBSCOhost]. Interlibrary loan forms may be submitted electronically using the Interlibrary Loan Book and Interlibrary Loan Journal links on the library home page.  Librarians will contact patrons by email regarding the status of the loan.

How do I create a bibliography of materials from the library?

On the library webpage, click Online Catlog to go to the online catalog search screen. 

Click bibliography on the right side of the screen.

Perform a Quick Search by entering search terms in designated box and clicking search.

Select items for bibliography by checking the box beside the items listed.

Click Add to Bibliography.

Click Printable Version.

Select print range.

Click print.

The bibliography will include the title, call number, and status of each item.

How do I renew library materials online?

To renew a book, go to the library home webpage under electronic resources and select Online Catalog.

Click My Items on the right side of the page.

Enter your library user name in the patron barcode box. (First initial and last name in all lower case, or first name and last name in all lower case)

Enter your patron pin. (Student I.D. Number or Library I.D. number for Faculty and Staff).

Click log on.

The screen with your account information will appear.

Select the items you would like to renew.

Click renew.

If you have any questions please contact the librarian.

How do I share EBSCOhost folder articles with other library patrons?

To share a folder of articles from EBSCOhost with other library patrons, you must first set up your EBSCOhost folder.

  1. Follow the directions for selecting articles from EBSCOhost Web Resources.
  2. When you select an article, click add to folder.
  3. Begin by adding just a few articles.
  4. Then check your folder by clicking on Sign in to My EBSCOhost.
  5. Select the appropriate button across the  menu bar -- I'm a new user. I forgot my password.  I forgot my username and password.
  6. Fill in the form to access your folder and log-in.
  7. Select the articles for specific folders and click move to highlighting the appropriate folder.
  8. Click on the toggle button next to the folder to reveal the folder contents.
  9. Select the share button if you want to share the whole folder and complete the email form.  Place a semi-colon in between each recipients email address.  Mark the box if you want to limit access to one visit per recipient. Make sure you include subject information or the email system may reject the email as spam. 
  10. Click the invite button.
  11. The recipient will receive email instructions for accessing the folder.
  12. Please contact a librarian by selecting Ask A Librarian at the top of the screen if you have any questions or select the help button for additional information.

 

How do I find an electronic book?

To search for an electronic book, select EBSCOhost Web Resources on the library home page.

You will need the EBSCOhoste username and password. Contact a librarian by email at library@bmc.edu or call 662.685.4771 X147 to speak to with a librarian.

Select EBSCOhost Web, then Choose Databases, select eBook Collection (EBSCOhost), and deselect Academic Search Premier.  Enter the search term or place a phrase in quotes in the search box. Click search

To open the book, click eBook Full Text.

To search for a particular word of phrase, click the icon with the magnifying glass in the upper right corner. A list of pages with some of the surrounding text will appear on the top of the screen.  You can quickly browse through the list to locate the page that will be relevant.

Use the scroll bar on the right to move down the page.  Select the arrows to view another page. Right click on your mouse to find tools to print or zoom in and out on the page.  

Click on the Dictionary to locate the definition of a term or use the drop down box to access the Thesaurus, change Spanish to English, or English to Spanish.

You can also add notes or email notes by clicking on the notes box and then the add note button.

To return to your results, click Search Result list under my shortcuts at the top left corner of the screen.

Additional instructions are available using the help button, or contact the librarian.

How do I know if the library has a journal I need?

Go to the Guyton Library home page.

Click on Print Periodical List under Find An Article. (Recently removed from the website for updating.) Please contact the library with your journal request by email:  library@bmc.edu or by phone:  662.685.4771 X147.

Click on the first main word in the title of the journal you are looking for (usually ignore articles -- a, an, the).

On the right will appear the list in alphabetical order with the title, holdings available, and location of the journal. 

The two most recent journals will be displayed on shelves in the reading area at Guyton Library or the Curriculum Library in Fisher-Washburn. Back issues are available at the Guyton Library and for the current 2 years in the Curriculum Library.  Fill out the green periodical call slip to give to the library worker and they will retrieve the article from storage.  Journals must be used in the Guyton Library or Curriculum Library but a copier is available for student use.

Sometimes titles are available full-text through EBSCOhost Databases. Follow the directions for locating an article using EBSCOhost Databases.

How do I find a book in the library?

To search for a book, go to the library home webpage under electronic resources and select Online Catalog.  A link is also located at the top of the Curriculum library webpage.

The opening screen has a general search box at the top with drop down options for specific searches of certain material types and search boxes designated keyword, title, and author appear on the right side of the page. Enter the search term in the box. To locate all library materials on a topic, use a keyword search which checks all areas of the record for the term.  On the right side of the page, you can select from a variety of search screens.  The combo search includes fields for author, title, and subject.  The expert search includes the Boolean connectors and, or, and not as well as the ability to limit the search to specific materials: books, E-books, videocassettes, video discs, CDs, etc. Using “and” limits the results to items with both search terms. Using “or” expands the results to items with each term and both items.  Using “not” eliminates results using the term. Click search or enter on your keyboard for results.

If no matches appear, double check the spelling by searching the similar terms listed.  If more than one search term was used, remove one term and/or try a different term.

The results list may be sorted by title, author, copyright, or call number. You may also search within results using the search box at the top of the page.

Clicking on the title reveals the detailed record with the author, title, ISBN Number, statement of responsibility, notes (when available), subject terms, and location.  Click on the subject term to access similar items.

Record the full call number from the location information to find the book.

Materials identified as an E-Book are located in Net Library.  Refer to FAQ: How do I find a book in the Net Library collection? 

A call number beginning with the letter E will be located in the Fisher-Washburn Curriculum Library. If the call number begins with B (Biography), Fic (Fiction), J (Juvenile), S (Spanish), SC (Short Story Collection), or R (Reference); the book will be located with that collection.  Call numbers with just the number are organized according to the Dewey Decimal system in the stacks.  Please ask a library staff member for assistance with locating materials.

Many books will have content enrichment data underneath the detailed record allowing one to access the table of contents, first chapter or excerpt, summary, author notes, cover image, and Kirkus or school library journal reviews.

You may reserve the book by clicking on reserve this item.  Then enter your patron username (in the patron barcode box) and student I.D. in the patron pin box. Confirm reserve by clicking reserve this item.

You may also create a bibliography to print out the results of your search.  Refer to FAQ: How do I create a bibliography?  for additional instructions.

Additional instructions for the online catalog are available using the help button, or contact your librarian with questions.

How do I find newspapers?

Newspapers are located at the front right corner of the library near the Mo Kwong Room entrance.  Guyton Library receives the Clarion Ledger, Commercial Appeal, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, New York Times(Sunday edition), USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New Albany Gazette, and Southern Sentinel. Current issues are located on the newspaper rack. Please replace when you finish.

Back issues are housed downstairs and retained for four months. Fill out a green periodical call slip for each issue and a staff member will retrieve. Return periodical to circulation desk when you finish.  A self-service copy machine is available for photocopying. Be aware of copyright restrictions.

EBSCOhost Databases, proides online full-text periodical databases accessible from the Guyton Library Webpage and Academic Search Premier indexes the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Instructions are available under FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) as well as online under Help.

How do I reserve library materials to pick up at the main desk?

To reserve a book, go to the library home webpage under electronic resources and select Online Catalog .

Click My Items on the right side of the page.

Enter your library user name in the patron barcode box.

Enter your patron pin. (Student I.D. or Library assigned number for Faculty and Staff)

Click log on.

Enter information in the search box to locate the item.

Click search.

Click on the title of the item selected.

Click reserve this item. 

Confirm reserve by clicking reserve this item.

Stop by the library to pick up your item.  You may also call the library to confirm that your item is ready to be picked up at the main desk.

How do I access my account?

To access your library account, go to the library home page.

Click on Online Catalog under Electronic Resources.

Click on My Items in the side bar menu on the right.

Type in your Username, which is your first and last name. Occasionally several students will have the same first initial and last name.  Then the students middle initial will be used as well -- Amy Renee Smith would arsmith.

Type in  your student I.D.for BMC Students or your Library I.D. number for faculty and staff as your pin

From your account screen, you can renew and reserve items as well as print a list of the items checked out to your account.  Please contact the library if there are any questions about your account. 

If you have any problems accessing your account, contact Guyton Library at 662.685.4771 X147. 

How do I accept an invitation to share a folder in EBSCOhost?

Go to the Guyton Library Home Webpage

Select EBSCOhost Web Resources

Enter Username: Ask Librarian for Username

Enter Password: Ask Librarian for Password

Click login.

Select EBSCOhost Web.

Select databases by marking the box on the left side.

Click continue.

Sign-in to my EBSCOhost. 

Click on the My Folder icon. 

Click on the folder Add icon on the bottom left side of the screen. 

Copy your invitation passcode in the passcode box. 

Click on Submit. 

Click on the name of the folder that is being shared to display the search results. 

To place search results in a different folder, you must copy not move the information. 

A shared folder can only be modified by the individual hosting the folder.   

You may unshare the folder by deleting the folder from your list.

 

How do I locate an article using EBSCOHost Databases ?

Go to the Guyton Library webpage http://www.bmc.edu/library_minisite.asp
Select EBSCOhost Web Resources
Enter Username: (ask librarian, if you do not know)
Enter Password: (ask librarian, if you do not know)
Click login.
Select EBSCOhost Web.
Select databases by clicking ‘Choose databases’ and choose the ones you want.
Click OK.

For a topic search of articles in the database
Type the search term for the article in the search box.
Select ‘Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals’, ‘Full Text’. Option, select ‘Apply related words’.
Enter the publishing date with the month and year if a time frame is needed.
Click search.
If it cannot find the term with the search terms used, it will often offer a smart text search which might find the article you need.

For a specific article from a specific journal

Click ‘Publications’ in the upper left corner.
In the browsing section enter the name of the journal. Hit ‘Browse’. When you find the periodical, check the title in the box to the left, and hit ‘Add’. You can add as many journals as you want.
Type the search term for the article in the search box after the journal names that should already be listed. Hit ‘Search’.
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Time saving tips
To limit the number of pages, by ‘Number of Pages’ select ‘less than’ from the drop down box and enter the number of pages.

Email the article by clicking the envelope, select the correct citation style, and click send. (If you do not include a subject, the e-mail might reject it as spam)

Sign in to EBSCOhost to create an account for storing research records. After selecting sign-in to my EBSCOhost, select ‘I’m a new user’. Complete the form. REMEMBER YOUR PASSWORD. If you forget it, no one can help you. Sign in each time you research your project.
How do I remove an invitation to share a folder in EBSCOhost?

Go to the Guyton Library Home Webpage

Select EBSCOhost Web Resources

Enter Username: Ask Librarian for Username

Enter Password: Ask Librarian for Password

Click login.

Select EBSCOhost Web.

Select databases by marking the box on the left side.

Click continue.

Sign-in to my EBSCOhost. 

Click on the My Folder icon.

Open the shared folder by clicking on the toggle beside the folder.

Click on Share.

The invitation email screen will appear with a list of users on the right side of the screen.

Check the box next to the users name and click the delete button.

Where can I find a copier on campus?

Guyton Library has a self-service copy machine available for patron use. Photocopies and printouts are $.15 per page. The copy machine provides change for $1 and $5 bills. Please have change or bills of small denominations, since the library does not keep large amounts of money for change. For best results check paper size and other indicator lights before making photocopies. When printing be sure you are printing only the section that you need. Be aware of copyright restrictions.

Transparencies suggested for use with the photocopier are available for $.50. Instructions for use are provided.

What if I have not found what I need?

Please contact your librarian for assistance.  Contact information is available under the Staff tab and the Ask A Librarian feature on the home page submits directly to a librarian.  Please be sure to include contact information so we can contact you as soon as possible. We are here to help you locate the information you need. 

We also have an Interlibrary Loan program.  Refer to FAQ:  How do I request an Interlibrary Loan?

How do I use the Gale Literary Index?

Each Literary Index author entry contains the author’s primary name, with listing for any known
pseudonyms or variant names under which the author has published. Names and titles are
cross-referenced for easy and thorough searching.

Search Paths
Several search paths have been designed to help you locate the information you are seeking from Gale's literature products:

Author: Type in an author's name to find out what Gale literature products include an entry on the author. You can search by the author's real name, or any pseudonym under which he or she has written. If you know the author's first and last names, either option will work for your search. If you know only the author's last name, select the "Start of Last Name" option.

Title: Type in a full or partial title of a work of literature to find out what Gale literature products discuss that work. If you know the exact full title of the work you are searching for, select the "Match words exactly as entered" option to return the most specific result, or enter either the full title or keywords from that title and choose the "Match all words entered" search option. This second search option is recommended for the best all-around search. If you only know a key word or two, select the "Match any word(s) entered" option; note that this option will result in the greatest number of hits. Please note that keying "Moby Dick" and selecting the "Match words exactly as entered" option will not return Herman Melville's Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Melville's Moby Dick will come up if you choose the "Match all words entered" or "Match any word(s) entered" options. For best results, avoid using punctuation in title searches.

Custom Search: You can narrow your author search criteria to a specific nationality, birth year, or death year by selecting a nationality from the Author Nationality pull-down list and by entering dates in the Birth Year and Death Year fields. For example, selecting "Italian" from the Author Nationality pull-down list and entering 1926 in the Birth Year field and selecting the "is" and "A.D." options will return a list of Italian writers born in 1926.

What Your Search Results Mean
If you conducted an Author Search or a Custom Search, your results list will contain the names of authors who match your search. Click on the name of the author you are interested in to view his or her full index record. The record will show you the author's birth and death years (if available), the pseudonyms the author has written under (if applicable), and a listing of the Gale literature products that contain an entry on the author. The author record also contains the titles of works by the author that are discussed in Gale's literature products. For each title, the product name, volume number(s), and page number(s) on which the work is discussed are listed.

If you conducted a Title Search, your results list will contain the titles of works and the names of the authors who wrote them (if applicable) that match your search. Click on the name of the title you are interested in to view the full index record for that title. The index record will show you the title of the work, the name of the author (if applicable), and which Gale literature products contain an entry on the title. You may click on the name of the author to go directly to that author's index entry.

 

How do I create a bibliography using OPAC?

To prepare a bibliography using OPAC:
      

  1. Open Library web page by clicking on Internet Explorer

  2. Click on Guyton Library Online Catalog
        3.     Log on (Top right)

                  a.     Username is the first part of your email name.

                  b.     Password is your ID number. (

         4.     Search for your books by typing in the search box.Top left)

         5.     Add your books that you want added to your bibliography by clicking on the green plus sign.

         6.     Click on My Items. (Top right)

         7.     Click on the Bookbag tab. (Center of page)

         8.     Name your bookbag.

         9.     Choose - Save Permanently.

         10.   Choose citation format. (MLA, APA or Chicago)(on left) This puts them in order by name.

         11.   Click on author.(In the Sort by   Menu)

         12.   Uncheck Basic and check Citation. (on right)

         13.   Click on Printable version.

         14.   Print.

 

 

 

Always check your citations. Mistakes will happen.

To add items to an existing bookbag:

Open your bookbag,

click on green plus sign for that book.

 

Other things you can do while logged in to My Items, is to recheck your books, check to see when they are due, and see if you have fines

            Remember to log off.