Check out a book?

Certain physical materials cannot be checked out, such as reference books, magazines, newspapers, or journals, or special collections.  Please use these items in the Library itself, or ask for help.

To find out how long you can check materials out, please look at our Borrowing page.

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Find a title in the textbook collection

These titles are for multiple sections of courses, and can be useful for a quick review before class.  To find what titles the Library has in the collection, you can do two different searches in Albert.

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..

  

Advanced Search

  1. To browse the entire collection, do a title search "textbook collection"
  2. To find a specific title, do a title search and pay attention to the location information in the results.  The location will say: Textbooks - 1st Floor Circ Desk
  3. You can also search in Reserves.  Simply type "text" in the course search box.

 

Course Reserves

Search for course reserves by INSTRUCTOR NAME:

 

Search for course reserves by COURSE NAME:

 

Reserves FAQ

All textbooks are kept at the Circulation desk, first floor of the Library.  Please let us know if you have questions!

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Use "Check SMC Holdings" to find articles

First, look to see if there is a link on the page that says something such as “full-text,” “HTML,” or “PDF.”  If so, follow that link to retrieve the full article. If there is no link to full-text, look for a link that says “Link to Holdings,” “Check SMC Holdings” or an image that looks like this

This will take you to a page that will tell you whether we have access to the journal or not, and provide links to accessing the text.

What does the “Check SMC Holdings” link do?

It does one of 4 things:

1. Takes you into another of our databases that has the article you want.

Click the link to the PDF, HTML or other full-text format for the article if one appears.

2. Takes you to a page that tells you that we only have that title in print in the Library.

When there is a link with text Saint Mary’s College Library Holdings…. Click on Journal to open an Albert catalog window, which shows the subscription date for the print subscription in the Library’s collection.

3. Takes you to a page that has links to other databases. 

Click “Article,” if that link is available.

When there is no Article link….  Click on Journal to connect to a list of the available volumes and dates of a journal; then click on the appropriate date to locate the article.

4. Or, if  “Sorry, no holdings were found for this journal” is displayed….

Click on “Request Articles / Books From ILLiad” to access the form to request an article from another library.

If you have any difficulties, ASK US!

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Cite my sources

Choose from the following options:

MLA (Humanities, including English, Performing Arts, etc.)

The entire MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing is available in the Reference Room (Ref 808.042 G350).  Or see

 

APA (Social Sciences, including Psychology, Communication, and Education)

The entire Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is available in the Reference Room (Ref 150.149 Am35b).

 

Chicago (Politics, Art, History)

The entire Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) is available in the Reference Room (Ref 808.02 Un3e), and is also available online. You can also visit the Quick Guide from the Chicago Manual publishers.

 

Turabian (History)

The entire Turabian's Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations is available in the Reference Room (Ref 808.02 T840c).

Also, A Pocket Guide to Writing History (7th edition), also known as "Rampolla," is available in the Reference Room (Ref 907.2 R148).  This writing guide uses Turabian, which is similar to the Chicago style of citation. Examples of the Turabian style.

 

Sociology

ASA American Sociological Association 

 

Anthropology

AAA American Anthropological Association 

 

American Chemical Society (Chemistry; Biochemistry)

See the Quick Guide from Pennsylvania State University or consult the full guide in the 1st floor Reference Room: The ACS style guide: effective communication of scientific information.   (Ref. 540.02 D661a) 3rd ed. Washington, DC : American Chemical Society ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.

 

CSE (Sciences)

The entire Scientific style and format: the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers 7th ed. is available in the Reference Room (Ref 808.0665 C832)

 

National Library of Medicine (Medicine/Health)

The entire National Library of Medicine Recommended Formats for Bibliographic Citations is available in the Reference Room (Ref 808.02 P274).

Law

The entire The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is available in the Reference Room (Ref 340.02 H261a). You can also check online (subscription) at http://www.legalbluebook.com

 

Electronic Citation Services

EndNote   - Collect references for your citation. From the Web of Knowledge.

Consider getting the Firefox (browser) extension called Zotero to better manage your online citations.  It is free! 

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Find other libraries

Link+

If an item you want is not in Albert, check Link+, a combined catalog of our 50+ partner libraries around California and Nevada.  You can borrow most items in LINK+ and have them delivered to SMC within 4 business days. For more information, see Interlibrary Loan

 

Melvyl

The online catalog of the University of California libraries.

 

California State University Libraries

Search by individual campus or all at once through SEIR.

 

WorldCat

WorldCat searches thousands of libraries around the world simultaneously, then checks to see if something is found in a library near your location.

 

CalCat

CalCat searches hundreds of California libraries, then checks to see if what you're looking for is in a library near your location.

 

Or, as always, ASK US!

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Find a thesis or dissertation

All SMC theses and dissertations are shelved in the circulating collection within a specific call number range and can be accessed on the second floor in the Library by call number.

The best way to find a thesis or dissertation is to search within Albert for those items specifically.  When you are in Albert, choose the drop down menu labeled "Entire Collection", and select Theses and Dissert's.  You can then search by keyword, title, author, or subject to find a list of theses.

 

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..

  

Advanced Search

 

Using Dissertations and Theses (Proquest) database

The Library subscribes to the Dissertation and Theses (Proquest) database, which contains over 2 million citations and abstracts, ranging from the first U.S. dissertation accepted in 1861 to those accepted just this semester. Titles published since 1997 are available full text in PDF format. To access Dissertations and Theses.

  • Please note that both theses and dissertations are included in this collection.  You can limit your search to only doctoral dissertations or just those submitted in fulfillment of a masters level degree.  Instructions on how to do this are found in the help guide.

 

Other Dissertations

Students sometimes find citations to dissertations not available full text through Dissertations and Theses (Proquest) and ask how they might get these. Here are some suggestions:

  • First, try to request the dissertation through ILLiad, the Library’s Interlibrary Borrowing Service. To access ILLiad, go to the Library home page at http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/library/ and click the link for Interlibrary Loan. Although not all Libraries lend their theses, some do, and if they do, ILLiad can get that for you.
  • Frequently by searching for articles or books by the author that were published within a few years of the dissertation date, you find information that builds on the original dissertation research work, sometimes this can be as useful as the original dissertation.
  • Finally, if you have not been able to get your hands on a copy of a dissertation that you think is vital to your own research, you can try to find contact information for the author on the web and ask him/her for suggestions on how you might get your hands on a copy. I have students report back that authors have emailed a copy within minutes of their request. This is a great example of people, fellow researchers, as vital resources helping the future research in their field of interest.

 

Any questions, please contact a Reference Librarian at (925) 631-4624 during reference hours.

 

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Find a movie

The Byron Bryant Film Collection includes award winning and significant feature films released in movie theaters. The Instructional Video collection includes documentaries, theatrical performances (dance, opera, theater), interviews, some television series, etc -- everything except feature movies. Videos from both collections are located at the Circulation Desk.

You can do a keyword, title, or author search for movies or films (which searches directors) easily within Albert by choosing the Film/Video choice in the drop-down menu next to the search box. 

If you wish you can also browse the collection using the following links. There are multiple ways to browse:

 

Byron Bryant Film Collection (entire list)

Byron Bryant Film Collection (DVDs only)

 

Instructional Videos (DVDs only)

Instructional Videos (VHS only)

 

For any of these groups, you can sort the lists into a different order by changing the pulldown menu from “System Sorted” to the order you choose. For example, “Reverse Year” will show the most recent movies first.

You can use the “Limit/Sort” button to specify that you want movies in a particular language (eg Spanish, French), or in a range of dates, or with specific actors/directors.

 

If you're a student or staff member the loan period for videos is one week; for faculty, the loan period is two weeks.    

Most videos that have been placed on Reserve for a class can not be taken from the Library, but there are viewing options within the building. 

  • Groups of 2 or more people can reserve an available group study room.  Each room is equipped with a DVD/VHS player and monitor.
  • Individuals can watch videos on one of the eight media carrels on the second floor. Each carrel is equipped with a DVD/VHS unit and flat screen monitor.

 

Online Video Collection

 The Library also subscribes to two large online streaming video collections.  These include:

 Browse the selections-- you may find just the right thing to view from the comfort of your own computer. 

If you don’t find what you’re looking for in Albert, click the LINK+ icon to check the combined catalog of our partner libraries.

 

Or, as always, ASK US!

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Find a journal titles from an abbreviation

First try typing the abbreviation in the Periodicals tab search box, and click Submit.  This will find the correct Journal title, but only if SMCLibrary owns any holdings for the title.

 

Periodicals

Search journals, magazines, or newspapers by title, ISSN, or abbreviation

   

Browse periodicals by doi or subject

 A new window pops up and provides you with information on this journal.

 

 

 

If we don't own any holdings for the title, you will need to look up the abbreviation in a reference source, of which there are several choices.

Gale Virtual Reference Library includes

Acronyms, initialisms & abbreviations dictionary

 

For titles indexed by PubMed / Medline:

PubMed Journals database

 

For journal titles indexed by Chemical Abstracts Service:

CASSI Search Tool

 

 

 

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Renew materials

Step 1)  Go to the patron information page on Albert to begin.

Step 2)  Enter your SMC Login and password

Step 3)  Click on the link "x Item(s) checked out"

Step 4)  Check the box for each item you want to renew, and click "Renewal Selected"

Your new due date will appear on the screen, or you will see a message if you were not able to renew the materials.  Call the Circulation Desk if you have any problems or questions, at (925) 631-4229.

IMPORTANT:  If renewing Link+ books, check back the next day to make sure the renewal was completed.  Unlike materials in Albert, Link+ books must be reviewed by the lending institution before they are renewed.  If a book is on hold or recalled at the lending institution, the renewal will be denied and the book must be returned immediately.

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Find an item from a citation

Here's an example: 

Macan, Therese Hoff; Shahani, Comila; Dipboye, Robert L; Phillips, Amanda Peek.  "College students' time management: Correlations with academic performance and stress." Journal of Educational Psychology 1990 Dec Vol 82(4) 760-768.

Article title: "College students' time management: Correlations with academic performance and stress."

Article authors:  Macan, Therese Hoff; Shahani, Comila; Dipboye, Robert L; Phillips, Amanda Peek. 

Journal title: Journal of Educational Psychology

Journal information: 1990 (year) Dec (month) Vol 82(4) (volume and issue number) 760-768 (page information). 

Next, find the article by searching for the journal title.  Search by title in Periodicals for "Journal of Educational Psychology" and click "submit."  Note that you can search by abbreviation and ISSN number as well.

 

Periodicals

Search journals, magazines, or newspapers by title, ISSN, or abbreviation

   

Browse periodicals by doi or subject

A new window pops up and provides you with information on this journal.  It will look something like this:

 

Pay close attention to the dates. As you can see, SMC has both print and electronic holdings.  Print versions are located on the 3rd floor of the library.  You can click on the link to connect to the database to find your article electronically.  If you click on the Saint Mary's College Library Holdings link, you'll see something like this:

 

 

 

 

 

Here's another example: 

Sobol, Joseph Daniel .  The storytellers' journey : an American revival. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1999.

Dissect the citation:

Book title:  The storytellers' journey : an American revival.

Author:  Joseph Daniel Sobol

Book publication information: Urbana (city of publication) University of Illinois Press (place of publication) 1999 (year). 

Find the book by searching under "title" in the Albert tab.   You do not need to type in the initial "the".  Click on "submit."

 

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..

  

Advanced Search

If we have the book in the library, you'll see a result that looks like this: 

 

 

 

 

Pay attention to "location" and "call #"; this means that this book is located on the second floor of the library, and the call number is 398 So12.

 

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