Now that we are 4 weeks into the semester, paper deadlines, midterms and presentations are on the horizon. Lots of students are coming to the library to try to find a quiet table or carrel to study. Several students have expressed frustration to the library staff that they can’t find any quiet places to work. Here’s how you can help:
The front lobby and reference room are always busy. People come in to use computers to check their email and print papers, make copies, check out books at the front desk, or ask questions at the reference desk. It’s easy to forget that there are also students trying to study at the work tables in the reference room. We ask people to keep conversations at a low level in this downstairs area and be aware of fellow students who are trying to get work done.
The Fletcher Jones rooms behind the main reference room are meant to be quiet areas. The second floor is also a quiet area. Please help us to maintain quiet in these areas so that people can study. If you can turn your cellphone to vibrate while you are in the library, your fellow students will appreciate it!
Thanks for your help!
Have you searched our library catalog recently and discovered listings for videorecordings? The Audiovisual Collection is housed at the AV Center across from the Student Affairs office, but all of the AV materials are being added to the library catalog. Over 2,000 videocassettes have already been added. These materials may be checked out from the AV Center for 24 hours.
Are you anxious to keep up with world news? Here are a few tips:
Visit the library’s print newspaper collection. We have subscriptions to 32 newspapers in French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. We also have The Monterey County Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and International Herald Tribune.
In addition to our print newspapers, we have access to over 500 international newspapers in digital editions through a service called PressDisplay – you’ll find a link to it on our Research Databases page. This collection includes newspapers in over 30 languages.
You can also find newspaper articles through some of our databases. Proquest has full text articles from New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. LexisNexis Academic Universe is a great resource for news research – you can search hundreds of international newspapers and newswires for both current and older articles.
Thanks and kudos to the Library for making electronic copies of all articles from Nonproliferation Review available to MIIS students. Founded and edited at our own Center for Nonproliferation Studies, NPR is the pioneering journal in its field and is an invaluable source for theoretical, historical, and policy studies on nonproliferation. For years, however, the MIIS community didn’t have online access to its own journal…but this anomaly is now a thing of the past. Our students, faculty, and copy machines thank you.
–Fred Wehling, GSIPS and MonTREP
To access The Nonproliferation Review, go to our AtoZ Periodical List from our Print & Online Journals page. If you search for Nonproliferation Review, you’ll see a link to the publisher’s website where you can access full text articles dating from Vol. 1, No. 1 in 1993 to the current issue.
Fall is officially here and the library is here to help you with you new classes. Here are a few tips that might be helpful in this first week of classes:
Finding your reserve readings: If your instructor has put a book on reserve for your class, you’ll find it at our front desk. You’ll be able to check it out for 2 hours. Articles and book chapters will be on ereserve (electronic reserve). Your instructor will give you a password to access the ereserve readings for your course. To find your ereserves, go to Course Reserves and click on Ereserves.
Copy cards: If you’d like to buy a copy card for our photocopiers, you may purchase one for a $1 deposit at the front desk. When you put the card in one of the copiers and then put money in the machine, that money will go on your copy card. You can keep adding money to your card as you need to.
If you need any help with our copiers and printers, please let us know. We are happy to help if you have paper jams or any other problems.
If you’d like to know more about the library, stop by on Tuesday or Thursday at 3PM for a 45 minute general tour.
If you’d like to know which databases and ejournals will be useful for your research, sign up for a databases workshop. Here are the workshop schedules for the month of September:
IPS Databases Workshop Schedule
Business Databases Workshop Schedule
TESOL/TFL Databases Workshop Schedule
If you’d like to sign up for a workshop, stop by the reference desk or email Ann Flower.
Let us know if we can help!