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Seven reasons that students give for using the library and its resources.


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Pushing a pumpkin!

And the winner of our pumpkin is: Jackie Soukhaseum,  who belongs to Astral Fantasy Ink Productions and the Coalition of Studio Arts!


And here’s the result:2013-10-pumpkin_Manyseng_Soukhaseum

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Printing goes green!

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.

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[updated 2009.1.22]

WARNING: Be sure you have a CD and not a DVD disc.  Not all Library computers have drives that can write to a DVD, even though they can read it.  You may need to use a newer computer to burn to a DVD-RW or DVD-R disc.

How to burn to a CD:

1.    Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW into the drive

2.    Right-click the file you want to copy, and select Send To

3.    Select CD-RW Drive or CD-R Drive

4.    Open My Computer (if it’s not open from the step above)

5.    At the bottom of the screen, a message bubble “You have files waiting…” appears.

Click anywhere on the bubble…do not click on the x to close it.

6.    The “Files Ready to Be Written to CD” screen appears.

7.    Highlight the file(s) to copy.  Note:  If you want to keep the files already on the CD, you must

select them also by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the files.

8.    Under CD Writing Tasks, click on “Write these files to CD”

9.    The CD Writing Wizard screen appears.     Click on Next.     Note: This may take a while.

10.    Click on Finish.     The CD ejects automatically.

If you want to check to see whether the files copied:

Close the CD tray

Close all windows

Click on My Computer

Click on the D: drive and open the file

[– by Martha Coleman]

What if it won’t burn to my CD?

[by Dennis Van Arsdale]

Sometimes it works, and sometimes — not too often — it doesn’t.  Work, that is.

  1. Check to be sure that you have a CD-RW disc (RW for ReWritable) and not a CD-R disc (R for Read only).  Once you finish a CD-R disc, that’s usually all you can put on it, even if it wasn’t full.  A CD-RW can have more added.
  2. Be sure you have room on the CD-RW.  Check the amount of space left on the disc and then see if you’re trying to add file(s) which are too large.  You may need to delete something first to make room.
  3. You cannot save to the same file name as one already on the disc.  You have to delete the old file on the disc before saving the new version.  (Yes, this is different than on the computer and on USB flash drives.  You cannot save “over” or “update” an old version on a CD.)
  4. Sometimes even a Big Brand Name company can put out a lemon.  Maybe the disc itself is just defective.  If you bought several, try another one.  And another.  If you can use some of a pack, but not others, then the unusable ones are defective and you should mark them as defective so you don’t waste time on them again.
  5. Wait — is that a CD or is it a DVD disc?  There are DVD-RW discs, but they may not work in many DVD drives which can write to a CD but not to a DVD.  Many older Library computers do not have DVD-writing drives, even though they can play DVDs.  (DVD writing drives were a later feature.)

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example of a U3 flash drive

example of a U3 flash drive

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:

U3 drive listed with other drives

U3 drive listed with other drives

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.

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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).

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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.

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