Tech Gear so basic?

Meriam Library now has technology equipment for loan. Most equipment circulates for 3 days or 4 hours.

Here a partial list:
Computer & Accessories
• Laptops
• Apple Superdrive
• ASUS ChromeBit
• Brother portable color scanner
• Raspberry Pi 2

• Intuos creative art tablet
• Intuos professional art tablet

Video Equipment
• Canon Rebel camera
• GoPro Hero 4
• Hausbell camcorder

Projectors & Accessories
• Casio Slim projector with Wi-Fi
• Casio Slim projector without Wi-Fi
• Logitech presentation remote

Audio Equipment
• Blue snowball microphone
• Tascam audio recorder
• Sennheiser professional studio-monitoring headphones
• Sony professional folding headphones

• TI-83 Plus
• TI-84 Plus CE

And much more!

See the LibGuide for more information:

Or contact Meriam Library Circulation, Interlibrary Services & Reserve:
First Floor: (530) 898-6501

Research and Subject Guides Updated

The Meriam Library is in the process of updating and modernizing our Research and Subject guides – the popular subject, course, and topic guides created by librarians and staff at the Meriam Library. These guides help patrons locate articles, books, and other research as well as assist in evaluating information, assessing research credibility, and citing.

The transfer from the old guides to the new guides will happen on Thursday, January 21st. The guides will not be accessible on Thursday due to the transfer, but the new guides should be available on Friday, January 22nd.

The new version of the guides improves the navigation, streamlines content, and modernizes the look of the guides. Librarians and staff have been working to get all of the guides updated, but if you are looking for a guide and cannot find it, please email Jodi Shepherd to find out the status of the guide.


New Catalog Search Options

The Meriam Library recently completed a project to “re-scope” our collection. What this means is that by using the dropdown menu to the right of the search box in the Library Catalog, the patron can now easily limit their searches to a variety of online materials such as eBooks, eReference, eMedia, and eGovDocs.

Whether you are a distance education student, or a student or faculty member working from home,  the ability to limit your search to what is immediately available to you can simplify, streamline, and improve your search experience.

Below is a full list of scopes you can use to limit your searches.

  • Books
  • eBooks
  • Journals/Newspapers
  • Reference
  • eReference
  • DVD/Videos
  • eMedia
  • Theses
  • Gov Docs
  • eGov Docs
  • Special Collections
  • Reserve




Article Quick Search vs Google

Article quick search

At the top of the new Library ReSEARCH Station you will see a banner that reads Need To Find An Article On Your Topic? The box below is our new Article Quick Search. Type your keywords into the box and retrieve articles from over eighteen different EBSCO databases. Results are sorted by relevance but you can easily resort by date or limit to academic journals. It’s quick, it’s easy, and the full text is free! Try it and tell us what you think.

Posted by Sarah Blakeslee

Staying Alert Without Caffeine

Would you like to keep up to date with journals and articles in your areas of interest?
The Meriam Library subscribes to a number of indexes and databases that offer electronic alert services. Many different types of alert services are available including:

Table of contents alerts: Table of contents alerts are email updates of the table of contents of the current issues of the journals you specify.

Saved search alerts: Saved search alerts are email or RSS notifications of new articles matching previously submitted searches.

Alert services vary between databases. To find out what databases offer alert services, consult our Guide To Journal Alert Services. For specific instructions on how to set up an alert within a particular database, go to the help pages within the database and follow the instructions for saving searches and/or setting up alerts and/or RSS feeds.

If you would like help setting up alerts, you can also contact your Subject Librarian.

Stay alert!

Contributed by Sarah Blakeslee

A New Way To Search The Library Databases

The Library is pleased to introduce Multi-SEARCH, a new tool that helps you save time by searching multiple databases simultaneously. The top 30 results from each database are merged into one list and displayed by relevance. The same full text linking features you have enjoyed in our individual databases are integrated into Multi-SEARCH allowing you to either directly access the html or PDF full text, or use Find It, the SFX technology to display other options for full-text retrieval.

You can use our general Multi-SEARCH off the main ReSEARCH Station page for quick searches (searches the Library Catalog, Academic Search & JSTOR), or, if you are doing more comprehensive research within a subject area, select your subject under Research Guides or Find Information About and search up to nine databases relevant to that subject using subject Multi-SEARCH . The subject MultiSEARCH feature allows you to customize the databases selected and to search by title, author or subject, as well as keyword. You can also change the order your results are displayed from the default relevancy ranking, to date, title, or author.

Try Multi-SEARCH today and let us know what you think. We hope it makes your research easier!

Contributed by Sarah Blakeslee

Do Scholars Let Scholars Use Google Scholar?

Librarians and faculty like to bemoan the fact that students use Google for their research. Who are we kidding? We all use Google if we can get away with it. It’s easy and intuitive and more often than not we get fast results that, if not perfect, “will do”. But, as seasoned researchers, we also know that when we are looking for scholarly articles we need to use the library’s commercial databases, right? Not necessarily. While it’s true that the regular Google search engine is generally not good at finding scholarly material, Google’s specialty search engine, Google Scholar, which searches an academic subset of the Google database, often results in useful peer reviewed articles and books. Critics of Google Scholar will complain that Google Scholar is not clear about its source content and indexing, does not offer sophisticated search options, and that the database favors the sciences and social sciences. These criticisms may be valid, and it is certainly true that Google Scholar does not include the majority of articles found through our library’s databases, but nonetheless it can be a good starting point, especially if you don’t need to do a comprehensive search or find the “best” article in the scholarly literature on a topic.

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