City of Chicago Datasets

January 13, 2015 at 5:31 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, databases | Comments Off on City of Chicago Datasets

City of Chicago   Data PortalYou can now access the City of Chicago’s Data Portal through our databases page. The CCDP was created to promote access to government data and encourage the development of creative tools to engage and serve the Chicago community. The site hosts over 200 datasets about City departments, services, facilities and performance and includes information about energy use, budgets, crime statistics and more.

Have questions about accessing or searching one of our databases? Don’t waste your time; ask us!

Welcome Back

January 5, 2015 at 5:32 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, e-books, e-journals, hours | Comments Off on Welcome Back

thermometerWelcome back to campus! Don’t look at the thermometer for confirmation but the Spring semester starts with classes next week on January 12. This week we’ll be open for you and for new students just arriving. We’re still on break hours this week (closing at 5:00pm everyday and not open on Sunday, January 11) but we are fully staffed to serve you with whatever you need, so drop by.

Too cold to venture out this week? You can phone, email or IM us with your questions and you can always read books online or access journals.

Make Your Research Appointment Now

October 21, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, instruction, reference services, research, services | Comments Off on Make Your Research Appointment Now

frustrated studentYou’ve received your research paper assignment. Now you’ve: (pick one or more of the following)

  • read some
  • researched some
  • written a little
  • gone back and googled more
  • and now you’re just procrastinating (you know, ignoring the whole project)

So, if you’re feeling stuck, like you can’t progress on your research, we can help!

Schedule a research appointment with a librarian and receive specialized help with your research.  Librarians can assist you with any level and any type of research you need to do.  Appointments can last from 15 minutes to an hour.  Email to make an appointment and move forward to completion.

4 New Libraries Added to I-Share: Borrow Their Books

April 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, I-Share, library catalog | Comments Off on 4 New Libraries Added to I-Share: Borrow Their Books

book_imageIn March, four new library collections were added to I-Share, a shared online book database that Illinois Tech students, faculty, and staff can use. The new libraries joining  are College of DuPage Library in Glen Ellyn, JKM Library in Chicago, McKinstry Library at Lincoln College  in Lincoln, and Henry Pfeiffer Libraryat MacMurray College in Jacksonville. The collections are now fully accessible for borrowing and with the addition of these libraries, the I-Share union catalog now contains the holdings of 86 member institutions. Items range from the scholarly to bestsellers and patrons can request online for delivery at an IIT Library, or IIT patrons can walk in and borrow directly off the shelf from any I-Share member library.

Are YOU using I-Share? You should because if you’re not using I-Share you are missing out on borrowing more than 38 million items.  Unsure how to get started? Watch a video, read instructions, give us a call or stop by the Research Help Office on the upper level of Galvin Library for assistance. Get started today and enjoy access to unlimited reading material.

National Library Week April 13-19

April 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, events, National Library Week, Research Specialists | Comments Off on National Library Week April 13-19

heart of the book's pagesApril 13-19 is National Library Week and this year’s theme is Lives Change @ Your Library. Libraries are integral to their communities and the Paul V. Galvin Library is YOUR library. Galvin Library has expert and helpful staff, online books and articles NOT found on Google, and 24 hour spaces, both collaborative and quiet, making Galvin Library an integral part of YOUR university experience. Celebrate National Library Week with us in various ways.

Our student Research Specialists will be on the MTCC bridge from 12:40-1:50 Tuesday and Wednesday with prizes, testing your knowledge or seeking your opinion.

  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16  – Show Us What You Know (Galvin Library trivia game)
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 17 – Your Opinion Matters: Tell Us about YOUR library

Tuesday is National Library Workers Day so if you’re in the library, let library staff know how much you appreciate what they do!

All week inside the library we’ll be inviting you to our “graffiti wall” to Share Your Favorite Things @ Galvin Library, or share them on our Facebook page, and we’ll be passing out Lifesavers, because two weeks before IPRO and 3 weeks before Finals, librarians at Galvin Library might be just the “Lifesaver” you need to find statistics, quotes, peer reviewed articles and surveys that bolster your research and impress your professors. Stop by the Research Help Office on the upper level or contact us by IM, email or phone.


Avoiding Plagiarism: What Do I Need to Cite?

April 11, 2012 at 3:24 am | Posted in Ask a Librarian, classes | Comments Off on Avoiding Plagiarism: What Do I Need to Cite?

Attend a session on Thursday, April 19th from 3:15pm to 3:50pm at Galvin Library in the Library Learning Center located on the lower level to learn more about citations and plagiarism.

Sign up here

1. Which of the following is considered plagiarism? (Choose all that apply)

  • A. Change a few words in a sentence and use it as your own
  • B. Quote a sentence or phrase with a citation
  • C. Piece together ideas from more than one source without citing them
  • D. Submit a paper you bought online
  • E. Use someone else’s ideas in your paper

2. Which of the following is never part of a citation? (Choose all that apply)

  • A. Author’s last name
  • B. Title of the article or book
  • C. Title of the journal
  • D. Author’s date of birth
  • E. Page numbers

What kind of information do you need to cite? What don’t you need to cite? How do professors check plagiarism?

Do you know answers to these questions?  If not, then this class is perfect for you.  In this class, we will use real-world examples to answer all these questions.  Bring your own questions about plagiarism if you have any.

Questions about this session? Ask a librarian 

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