Galvin Library Wants Your Feedback

February 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Posted in library web site | Comments Off on Galvin Library Wants Your Feedback

Galvin Library is taking part in the LibQual survey for the month of February. More than 1000 libraries around the world have taken the survey offered by the Association of Research Libraries.

Access the Survey

By taking our survey, you will give us feedback we can use to enhance services, collections, and space–now and in the years to come. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Respondents will have an opportunity to win one of four (4) $25 Amazon gift certificates. Enter your IIT e-mail address at the end of the survey to be included in the drawing.

The survey is available for all students faculty and staff. Your responses are confidential; any identifying information will be removed.

Many thanks for your help with this important project.

About the Survey:

The LibQUAL survey evolved from a conceptual model based on the SERVQUAL instrument, a popular tool for assessing service quality in the private sector. The Texas A&M University (TAMU) Libraries and other libraries used modified SERVQUAL instruments for several years. ARL, representing the largest research libraries in North America, partnered with TAMU to develop, test, and refine a newly adapted tool to serve the particular requirements of libraries: LibQUAL+®. After years of revision based on data collected from thousands of library users, the LibQUAL+® survey has evolved into a protocol consisting of “22 items and a box.”

The 22 core survey items measure user perceptions of service quality in three dimensions: Affect of Service, Information Control, and Library as Place. For each item, users indicate their minimum service level, desired service level, and perceived service performance. The survey contains additional items that address information literacy outcomes, library use, and general satisfaction. An open-ended comments box provides a wealth of information for qualitative analysis. Participants also have the option to select five additional local questions to add to their survey.

More information about the survey is available from the LibQual site.

Research Guides for Every Subject

July 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Posted in instruction, library web site, new resources, searching | Comments Off on Research Guides for Every Subject

Feeling lost in a sea of information? Have to find articles but have no idea which databases to look in? Want to quickly find out what the library has in your discipline? Check out Galvin Library’s new and improved Research Guides to answer these questions. Every major subject area has its own guide that shows you which databases are best and how to best search them, provides tips for researching, contains lists of free quality websites, and much more.

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Research Guides give you the freedom to learn how to research on your own at a time and place that is convenient for you. The content found on each guide was selected by librarians that are research experts, so you can have confidence that the information provided is of the highest quality.

Use the search box to do a keyword search for your topic. For example, entering “company information” will bring back a list of every guide that has that phrase somewhere in it:

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The first few results:

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The Business & Economics guide that has a Company & Industry Research section:

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Guides with a plus sign next to them can be expanded into sub-topics. Computer Science is an example:

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We are adding new research guides all the time, so check back regularly! Visit the Ask a Librarian page if you have any questions.

Welcome to the New Galvin Library Website!

August 14, 2008 at 10:27 pm | Posted in library web site | Comments Off on Welcome to the New Galvin Library Website!

Galvin Library’s website has a brand new look and layout for fall semester. We’ve also added a number of improvements that will make it easier than ever to conduct research online.

  • The tabbed search tool allows you to search for books, articles, journals, or library web pages right from our home page.
  • My Library links to your library accounts and course reserves appear on the right-hand sidebar of every page.
  • Today’s hours are always listed on the home page.
  • Guides to relevant research resources for each academic department. Links to the guides pop up on the home page when you roll over the “Info by Subject” link.
  • Guides to finding non-traditional information sources like dissertations, patents, maps, standards, videos, reference materials, and more. Links to the guides pop up when you roll over the “Info by Format” link on the home page.
  • Expanded and improved help pages. Click on “Research Help” to see all the options, including printable research guides, FAQs, research workshops, and our Ask a Librarian service.
  • New databases. The library has made over 50 new research databases available.
  • Improved database searching. You can now search for research databases by keyword, or browse the list of databases alphabetically or by subject.

Take it for a test drive, and let us know what you think! Add a comment below.

NewsBank-America’s Newspapers added to Galvin Library databases

December 4, 2006 at 6:07 pm | Posted in databases, library web site, new resources | Comments Off on NewsBank-America’s Newspapers added to Galvin Library databases

NewsBank - America's NewspapersNewsBank-America’s Newspapers provides online full-text for more than 750 local, regional and national U.S. newspapers in one easy to use database. Search for articles on current events, business, sports, culture, entertainment, and more. The interface allows you to easily narrow your search to a specific geographic region. Major newspapers like the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, and Washington Post are all available, as well as news magazines like Time and U.S. News and World Report or popular titles like InStyle and Sports Illustrated. NewsBank-America’s Newspapers can be accessed via the Library’s e-resources page, along with many other research and news databases.

IIT Library Catalog search plugin

November 21, 2006 at 10:02 pm | Posted in library web site, plugins, searching | Comments Off on IIT Library Catalog search plugin

Searching the library catalog for books, e-books, videos, government documents, and print journals at IIT just got a whole lot easier! We’ve created a search plugin for Mozilla/Firefox and Internet Explorer 7 browsers that allows you to search the catalog directly from the search box at the top right of the toolbar. The incredibly simple installation process only takes a few seconds—click here to learn more. After installing the plugin, you’ll be able to do a keyword search of our catalog from anywhere in the World Wide Web, no matter what page you’re currently viewing.

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Search plugins are a great way to make one of the most common web activities—searching—faster and more efficient. Plugins are available for many popular sites such as Google, Wikipedia, Amazon,, and now Galvin Library. Want to learn more about search plugins? Check out this page from

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