Learn a Foreign Language

October 29, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Posted in new resources | Comments Off on Learn a Foreign Language

You’ve been able to learn a new language inside Galvin with our popular Rosetta Stone CDs, and now you can now learn a language at home using Mango Languages!

Mango Languages is an online language learning system. Learn everyday greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time. The courses are currently available in more than 20 foreign languages and more than 12 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, all of which can be accessed from off-campus. Click here for a list of available languages.

Access the database from this link. You can create a profile that will track your progress, or simply use the “Start Learning” button to access the tutorials without registering.

You can also access Mango Languages through our databases page.

Note: Mango Languages requires a javascript-enabled browser and Adobe Flash Player.

All About E-books

October 20, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Posted in library catalog | Comments Off on All About E-books

You may have noticed more and more big red ‘e’ icons in your catalog search results. That e icon means that book is an e-book. E-book results look something like this:


We have more than 20,000 e-books across a wide variety of subjects. Simply open the record for the book you want to read and click on the link next to ‘online access’:

…or click on the link in the ‘connect via http’ field:

You can read them off-campus too; just enter your IIT information when prompted.

Some frequently asked questions:

“I only want to search for e-books, how can I do that?”
After you have conducted a search in the library catalog, click on “electronic” under the format option on the right side. You could also set that option before searching using the advanced search option, and selecting electronic. Or, you could search specific e-book databases, such as Safari or Books 24×7.

“The record has a book icon and an e icon. Does this mean we have both electronic and hard copy versions?”
In general we do not have both hard copy and electronic versions of the same book. That book logo you see indicates that the item is a book, and not a DVD, journal, CD, etc. The e next to it means the book is electronic. If we have two copies, you would see that inside the record.

“When I search in I-Share, I see libraries that have e-books I want to read that IIT doesn’t have. Why can’t I read them?”
The answer to the question can be complicated. Briefly, e-books are often available as part of a larger subscription to the particular e-book’s publisher. This means they fall under the same restrictions databases fall under; only current students, staff, and faculty at that specific university can view them.

As always, if you ever have any questions you can contact the reference desk in person or from http://library.iit.edu/ask. We are here to help you!

University Archives Annual Lecture

October 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Posted in archives, events | Comments Off on University Archives Annual Lecture

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The IIT Archives Annual Lecture will be on Thursday Oct. 28, 2010 and will feature Charles L. Owen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Institute of Design, giving a presentation titled “Systems and Systematic Design:  Tracing the Evolution of Design Methodology at the Institute of Design 1965-2010.”

The lecture will be held in the McCloska Auditorium in the MTCC and will begin at 3:30 PM. A reception with light refreshments will be held after the presentation.  All in the university community are invited to attend. For more information, contact the university archives at archives@iit.edu.

Information about the university archives can be found at http://archives.iit.edu

Research Papers Explained Nov 5 (Registration Closed)

October 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Posted in classes, workshops | Comments Off on Research Papers Explained Nov 5 (Registration Closed)

Registration has closed for this class because it is full. For questions on writing, visit the Writing Center. For research questions, come to the library.

Do you have to write a research paper this semester?  If so, you won’t want to miss Research Papers Explained, an hour long class co-taught by doctoral candidate in Technical Communications Halcyon Lawrence and librarian Jannelle Ruswick. This class will help demystify the research paper writing process.

Halcyon and Jannelle will show you every step in the research paper process, including how to…

  • define your topic
  • craft a strong thesis statement
  • find the types of sources your professors require
  • organize your paper

All students at all experience levels will learn something new in this class.  Research Papers Explained will be held Friday, November 5th on Galvin Library’s lower level in the Library Learning Center from 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm.

Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print Combine

October 6, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Posted in databases | Comments Off on Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print Combine

Tests in Print, a database containing information on psychological tests and measurements, and Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY), a database with reviews of tests and measurements, have merged into one database, Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print. Previously you would have to look in Tests in Print for a test, and then check Mental Measurements Yearbook to see if the test had a review. Now the tests that have been reviewed by the MMY will contain those reviews in the record for the test. Check out the Tests and Measurements tab of the Psychology research guide to learn more.

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