Santa Monica College Library

 

Guide to Library Research

 

Library I class - 1 unit

Transfer: UC and CSU

 

 

 

 

Academic Libraries – colleges and universities focus – instructing and serving students, faculty and staff –

focus on the subject areas of the curriculum. Support teaching and research programs of the institution.

 

 

Community College Libraries

 

 

·        Relatively small collections

·        Very closely tied to the college’s course offerings

·        Focus on current materials.

 

 

 

University Libraries

 

·        Much larger collections,

·        Support undergraduates and graduate students

·        Support faculty research.

 

 

 

Other Types of Libraries

 

 

1.     Public Libraries – serving the community – popular reading.

2.     School Libraries – serving K-12 students and teachers.

 

3.     Special Libraries – serving businesses and organizations – staff, employees.

 

4.     National Libraries 

 

 

 

 

Three things most libraries have in common

 

1.     Reference Librarians – professionals - assist with research

 

2.      Call Numbers: books arranged on shelves by Subject. 

 

Academic Libraries: Library of Congress (L.C.) Call Numbers

Public Libraries or School Libraries: Dewey Decimal Numbers.

 

3.     Catalog – card catalog or  online catalog

Access Points (searchable fields):

  • Author

  • Title

  •  Subject

 

 

Library Services

 

Most libraries offer the following services:

1.     Library Instruction

2.     Reference - separate collection - cannot be borrowed

3.     Reserve- textbooks and other materials set aside by an instructor

4.     Interlibrary Loan -  (not available at SMC)

5.  Circulation 

  • Check out books

  • Reserve - Textbooks

  • Money changing - collect fines

  • Group Study Rooms

  • Print and microform issues of Periodicals.

 

Link to: Glossary of Library Terms

 

 

SMC Library Collections

 

1.     Electronic Books

2.     Popular Books

3.     Stacks – circulating collection

4.     Reference Books – non-circulating

5.     Archives – history of the college

6.     Reserve materials

7.     DVDs and Videos

8.     Library Databases

 

Faculty are encouraged to bring their classes to the Library for a one-hour orientation. These sessions are conducted by faculty librarians in our computer-classroom, providing students with hands-on experience. To schedule your orientation, please use our online form.

Return to:  Call Numbers (L.C.)

Return to: Citing Sources MLA Style

Return to: SMC Library Frequently Asked Questions

Return to: Glossary of Library Terms

Return to Guide to Library Research

Return to: Library I

Return to: Library of Congress Call Numbers Outline

Return to: Primary vs Secondary Sources

Return to: Sample Works Cited Page

Return to: Youtube Screencasts

 

 

Links to Worksheets

 

Academic Search Premier - Worksheet

Almanac - Worksheet

Atlas - Worksheet

Boolean Search Library Catalog - Worksheet

Find Book - Search SMC Catalog - Worksheet

Call Number - Worksheet

Country Watch Worksheet

Current Biography -Worksheet

Database - Worksheet

Dictionary - Worksheet

Encyclopedia - Worksheet

JSTOR - Worksheet

Newspaper Article - Worksheet

Reader's Guide Retrospective Database

Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature

Website - Worksheet

Faculty are encouraged to bring their classes to the Library for a one-hour orientation. These sessions are conducted by faculty librarians in our computer-classroom, providing students with hands-on experience. To schedule your orientation, please use our online form.

 

Santa Monica College Library

1900 Pico Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90405

Tel. 310-434-4254

 


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