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And the winner of our pumpkin is: Jackie Soukhaseum, who belongs to Astral Fantasy Ink Productions and the Coalition of Studio Arts!
The campus, including the Library, is always looking for ways to cut waste and recycling costs. One new way is by installing Print Release Stations for campus printers.
At closing, the Library usually finds a number of pages that were printed by mistake, or without thinking, which are never even picked up. All these pages cost money (especially for expensive printer toner!) and even when recycled, take up time and energy. Toner (the biggest cost) is not recyclable once used.
Your new campus i.d. is loaded with $10 worth of printing-only credit at the start of each semester for which you are registered, and you can add more money for printing yourself by going online with a credit card, or using the new payment station in the Library, to add credit with cash or a credit card. You can also add credit at the Cashier’s Office in the Campus Center.
Just slide your card’s magnetic strip through the slot at the Printer Release Station and select your print job. Enter your password for it, and the small charge is automatically deducted and your job prints.
You can see how many pages will print for each job, and how much it will cost. (The amount shown there on your card is your total in all your accounts on the card, not just your printer account. For details, go online to check your accounts.)
If the number of pages is unexpectedly large, check with the Library staff. It may be that the print job has a bug that will cause a misprint, so you may want to find a way to send it in order to avoid that.
At this time, printing on campus is priced lower than the Fort Smith Public Library and many other places.
Jobs not printed will be deleted automatically after 2 hours, or after the Library closes each day.
If you have any problems with printing, please talk to Library staff.
Anyone not registered can buy a generic card and put money on it for printing only at the payment station in the Library.
The flash memory drives that plug into USB ports on computers are a fast, reliable way to carry your data around. They’re small, light, and usually faster and more reliable than diskettes or CDs, and we use them here at the Boreham Library for some of our staff work, too.
They’re called USB drives, flash (for the type of memory chip they use) drives, ThumbDrives (which is a brand name), pen drives (even if you don’t write anything on them), jump drives (not to be confused with jumping beans), keychain drives (but you don’t need to put them there!), memory sticks, and “those little gimmicks” (we use a lot of technical terms at the Library).
U3 Drives are an exception to a few rules
One particular kind of flash drive is the U3 type, which will have U3 marked on it someplace.
U3 drives have pre-loaded software on them, and you can add more at places like http://www.u3.com/ . This allows you to run programs off these special flash drives, if the computer permits you.
U3 drives, however, are usually divided (partitioned) into 2 drives. Plug in a U3 drive and check My Computer, and it might look something like this:
The U3 drive shows up as drive E (which is locked, to protect the software stored there), and drive F, which is where you can save new software and your own files. Save your documents and such to drive F and leave the drive marked U3 alone (it’s only a small part of the total space, anyway).
For more information on USB Flash drives, check the information on our Computer Helpers blog.
Oh — you don’t have a U3 drive but still want to run software from it? Check the blog for those, too — there are also places to get software that doesn’t require a U3 drive to work.
We highly recommend using these for saving your work when using Library computers.
We have the Word from the campus Help Desk:
“The best thing to do to prevent lost documents is to tell students to
NEVER open documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) directly from their
email. Students should always save the document to their R: drive
BEFORE opening it to edit the document.”
Lots of things can go wrong in going through a browser to email. It’s safer to save a document to your R: drive space, and then use Office to open the saved document (so the browser is left out of the transaction of opening the document).
When the nice officer leans in the window of your vehicle, you hope you won’t get a citation. But when your instructor requires you to give a citation, it’s another thing altogether.
When you see the little TM or C in a circle, that’s a way of acknowledging that term or name has been trademarked or copyrighted, and by doing that, you show that you recognize that legal right of the owner(s). In the same way, you are expected to show a proper citation in footnotes and bibliographies when you write, to acknowledge the use of someone else’s work when directly quoting it, with or without quote marks.
While you might not always need to do this in other circumstances, you can save yourself a lot of legal grief in the future by being sure you handle quotes and citations correctly in your course assignments now. Without a proper acknowledgment for the use of somebody else’s work, you can leave yourself and your employer open to both criminal charges and civil lawsuits, if it even appears that you are trying to claim their work for your own original writing. That’s plagiarism, even if it was only avoiding the extra chore of a citation, and it’s something you should be sure to avoid in coursework and in your job.
The Library has style manuals available in the catalog for the specific style that your instructor requires. Some instructors want you to use APA (American Psychological Association) style in citations, while others might prefer MLA (Modern Language Association) style, or something else. Whatever the style, you can find style books by searching the catalog by Subject for “style manuals”. This will give you a number of manuals for various styles. The one your instructor assigned should be there. Some of these are also available in Reference (2nd floor) or in the Reserve Room (1st floor) so they’re always likely to be in the building.
If you’re not on campus, however, you still have a handy alternative online. The Library has a web page called Citation Style for Research Papers which has links to online resources to help you find the right style.
With these resources, you can find out how to create a proper citation for whatever your article, book, web site, etc., may be, in the style your instructor prefers. These are available to any one, any time.
Currently registered students may also use RefWorks, but that’s a subject for another post.