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WHAT IS AN ILL?

Posted by: on December 16, 2013   |Comments (0)|Tips and Tools

An ILL is an Interlibrary Loan OUTSIDE the Helin catalog system, or Brown University.  What happens if you can’t find a book or an article that you need?

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Don’t cry!  Just request an ILL!

Who can request an Interlibrary Loan?  All current PC students, faculty and staff.

How much does it cost?

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Don’t worry, we always look for free lenders, and if we can’t find any we’ll let you know.

How long does it take?

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Articles arrive via email usually within a couple of business days.  Sometimes this takes longer…  once we send out a request, we have no control over how long it takes.  Don’t count on it being in the next day!  Books come by “Library Mail”, even more slowly than regular snail mail, so probably a week or more…  so PLAN AHEAD!

How do I make a request?

There are a couple of ways…

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One way is from the Library’s Homepage, under “Get It!”, you will see the links for either books or articles.  Or…

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if you are searching in a database or journal finder, you will see the links on the lefthand side, in yellow.

When you get to it, it looks like this:

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Just fill out as much information as you can, and hit the “Send Request” button.

How do I know if it went through?

Check your library account, and there should be and ILL “awaiting arrival”.  You will get an email notification for a book, or the article attached.

How long is the loan for?

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Usually about a month with a one month renewal possible.  Articles are yours to download and keep.

So, happy ILLing.  If you have any questions, email us at ill@providence.edu or call 865-1994.

 

 

An ILL is an Interlibrary Loan OUTSIDE the Helin catalog system, or Brown University.  What happens if you can’t find a book or an article that you need?         Don’t cry!  Just request an ILL! Who can request an Interlibrary Loan?  All current PC students, faculty and staff. How much does it […]MORE

The Winter Days of Providence College

Posted by: on December 12, 2013   |Comments (0)|Events

The first day of winter is just around the corner and though it has been rather brisk with some nasty weather thrown in, the library is a great place to be!  Kick off your shoes, relax and snuggle with a good book in the “pit” as you breathe a sigh of relief, for you are that student that has completed your exams and looking forward to the winter break and the festivities of the holidays.  Perhaps anticipating traveling a distance to join your relatives or the family gathering at your home as all are anxiously awaiting the Christmas Goose, Figgy Pudding and Tiny Tim!

All that aside; in celebration of winter and the Christmas/New Year season, the Library has a new display in the foyer.  Stop, Look and Listen…ya, I said it!!  Please make it one of your stops today or when you return to school; adjusting to your busy days of hustle and bustle of new courses, new students, new Professors, and take that moment to peruse the amazing photos of students from previous years having a rousing good snowball fight or shoveling the snow away from their cars to make a quick get-away in their Ford Pintos and VW Beetles!!

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Let the warm and fuzzy memories of childhood take you back to the days of frolicking in the snow, building snow forts, creating snow angels and your brother shoving snow down your back…maybe your brother, not mine! Or snowstorms from previous years, which brings to mind, last year’s nor’easter, Nemo, which bombarded the northeast with large accumulations of snow.  The storm hit Rhode Island on Feb. 9, 2013, dumping up to two feet of snow. Classes were cancelled and students enjoyed a weekend free for sledding, snowball fights and building snowmen. Student volunteers shoveled out St. Pius Church and homes on Eaton, Pembroke and Radcliffe. Good for the community and good for you!

Blog_in_Wordpress_Dec_16_2013_E_ (1)Or be dazzled by our brilliant display of beautiful Christmas ornaments hand selected by a committee of craftsmen and dedicated library staff and randomly chosen from the John V. Brennan ’59 Collection, one of many Special Collections tucked away in the Providence College Special and Archival Collections Department.  Take a close look, no closer, seriously, to examine the holiday trinkets in this exhibit. The word is, no not The Bird, but rumor has it that while staring at these beautiful decorations, unsuspecting library patrons, have been known to develope an overwhelming, hypnotic effect causing one to experience symptoms of shock and awe…please close your eyes, click your heels three times and step away from the exhibit.Blog_in_Wordpress_Dec_16_2013_D_ (1)

Don’t you fret none, this exhibit will be on display when you return from your winter break.

Have a healthy and Merry Christmas! Be responsible, stay warm and safe, and enjoy the New Year with family and friends.   I know I will…

We will be waiting with baited breath for your return on the 21st.

 

 

 

The first day of winter is just around the corner and though it has been rather brisk with some nasty weather thrown in, the library is a great place to be!  Kick off your shoes, relax and snuggle with a good book in the “pit” as you breathe a sigh of relief, for you are […]MORE

Take-a-(Study) Break at the Library

Posted by: on December 5, 2013   |Comments (0)|Events

Final exams can be stressful – we know.  That’s why the library staff at Club Phil are working hard to help you out!

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What’s going on:
  • 24/7 Hours
    • We’ll be open 24/7 starting Friday Dec. 6th through Monday Dec. 16th (library hours)
  • Research help open late
    • Help is available at the researcHub desk until MIDNIGHT (instead of 10:00pm) from now until the end of finals
  • Take-A-(Study) Break area – Give your brain a rest with some of the study break activities we have planned, located in “The Pit” on the 1st floor of the library:
    • Puzzle Station – jigsaw puzzles will be out for you to work on for as long as you want (available 24/7)
    • Game Station – games & cards available for you to play (available 24/7)
    • Knitting Station – knit a lot, or a little – all scarves produced will be donated to the homeless at Crossroads RI (available from 9-5 during the day)
    • Make-A-Card Stationget crafty and create your own Christmas cards for your friends & family or for VA Hospital patients (available from 9-5 during the day)
  • Snack Cart
    • We’re bringing the treats to you this year with a mobile Snack Cart loaded with FREE goodies donated by library staff members.  The Snack Cart will be making the rounds on Monday Dec. 9th & Wednesday Dec. 11th.  Keep your eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates as to what times
  • Tea Station
    • Relax with a hot cup of tea – available on Tuesday Dec. 10th & Thursday Dec. 12th
Schedule of Events:
  • 12/6 (Friday) – Library starts 24/7 hours
  • 12/6-12/16 – Take a Break Station is open
  • 12/9 (Monday) – Snack Cart
  • 12/10 (Tuesday) – Tea Station open
  • 12/11 (Wednesday) – Snack Cart
  • 12/12 (Thursday) – Tea Station open

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GOOD LUCK ON YOUR EXAMS!

Final exams can be stressful – we know.  That’s why the library staff at Club Phil are working hard to help you out! What’s going on: 24/7 Hours We’ll be open 24/7 starting Friday Dec. 6th through Monday Dec. 16th (library hours) Research help open late Help is available at the researcHub desk until MIDNIGHT (instead of 10:00pm) from […]MORE

Research Guides: The Best Place to Start Your Research

Posted by: on November 21, 2013   |Comments (0)|Tips and Tools

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Have a big paper or project to get done before the end of the semester?  Not sure where to start?  Our Research Guides cover over 60 subjects and are the perfect place to begin your search for library materials.  Consider them to be one-stop-shopping places to start your research.

Our guides:

  • Give you tips for finding books & e-books in the catalog;
  • Suggest the right databases for your topic that will help you find articles, primary sources, multimedia & more;
  • Highlight the best web sites to use for research.

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Of course, you can always text, email, call or visit us in the library with any questions you may have!  Happy searching!!!

 

Have a big paper or project to get done before the end of the semester?  Not sure where to start?  Our Research Guides cover over 60 subjects and are the perfect place to begin your search for library materials.  Consider them to be one-stop-shopping places to start your research. Our guides: Give you tips for […]MORE

Finding Quiet @ Club Phil

Posted by: on November 18, 2013   |Comments (0)|Tips and Tools

The library is a quiet place, right?

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Except sometimes it’s not.

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Students working on group projects, printers printing, copiers copying, library staff answering questions–all of these things make some parts of the library a very noisy place to be.

So what is a diligent student to do?

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Just like in life and school, you do your research.  There are many designated Quiet Zones in the library.  These are typically tucked behind bookshelves, which helps deaden the sound.

Look for these signs.

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There is one Quiet Zone on the first floor of the library, but the second floor is where the real quiet happens.  If you need to find some silence, head up to the second floor and tuck yourself into a corner of the Deep Quiet Zone away from foot traffic and people doing group work. deepquiteZone (1)trimmed

If that doesn’t work, and you find  people talking or texting noisily in a designated Quiet Zone, silently text a librarian at (401) 484-7004, and we will shush the chatterbox so you can get your homework done.

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Similarly, if you’re looking for collaborative group space, head down to the basement to the Tech Hub.  You can move the chairs around, use the shared monitors and be as loud as you need!

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Remember the handy Quiet Zone-ometer

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And find your perfect place to study.

The library is a quiet place, right? Except sometimes it’s not. Students working on group projects, printers printing, copiers copying, library staff answering questions–all of these things make some parts of the library a very noisy place to be. So what is a diligent student to do? Just like in life and school, you do […]MORE