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FAQ's

I don't know anything about the library. What should I do?

The library offers library or information literacy classes to individuals or groups. These
sessions cover everything from basic library orientation (such as where can I find this book)
to basic and advance search techniques. Also, we show you how to evaluate information sources including the Internet. Please contact our Reference Staff who will be happy to assist you.

How do I access the library home page?

There are three ways to gain access:

  1. Link from Misericordia's page at http://www.misericordia.edu then clicking on Academics and then on Library from the drop down menu.
  2. Logging on to e-MU portal at http://emu.misericordia.edu/cp/home/loginf and then clicking on MU Library tab.
  3. Directly at http://www.misericordia.edu/mu_library/

How do I find the online library catalog?

From the library home page under Library Catalogs, click on Online Catalog.

How do I search the online catalog?

You can search by subject, keyword, title and/or author for books or other materials. The Help tab at the top of the screen can help you search for items.

How do I find something on Reserve?

From the library homepage, you can click on Course Reserves tab and search by instructor's name or click on the link Other Search Options, right below the search box to search by Course Name or Course Number.  You may also use the Course Reserves link listed under Services for Students category.  Reserve items are kept behind the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

How do I access the electronic databases?

To access the electronic databases for journal articles and other materials, go to the library homepage.  Click on Databases A-Z list or Databases by Subject list and select a database to run your searches. If you are not sure about which database to select, use the search box on the library's homepage, click on the Database tab and then run searches on your topic of interest. This search box searches EBSCOhost databases only.

How do I search the databases?

After selecting a database, you can search by keyword, subject, title and /or author for articles. You will retrieve a citation of the article or a full text version of the article. Please contact the reference desk @ 674-6352 for further assistance.

Can I access the databases from off campus?

The library provides off-campus access to databases, e-books, and journals through the use of a proxy server. To access these resources from off-campus, enter your Misericordia user name and password when prompted. (Note: this is the same user name and password that you use to access e-MU and your email account.) If you need assistance, contact the Reference Desk at 570-674-6352 or email reference@misericordia.edu. I f you don’t have a Misericordia user name and password, contact the e-MU Help Desk at 570-674-6345.

What kind of instructional services does the library offer?

The library has a variety of instructional services to meet students' specific needs.
We offer:

  • Library tours
  • New Freshman orientation
  • General and specific library instruction to meet individual needs
  • Information literacy classes including evaluating information sources

Will you be able to show me how to research a particular topic for class?

Yes, we do offer individualized instruction on that. We will also develop for you a research guide to information sources you can use for your topic. You can schedule a class or just drop by; a reference staff member will be there to help you.

What should I do if I need articles or books that are not available either online or at the library?

If the library does not own the journal article that you need, and it is not available online, you can obtain the article through Interlibrary Loan (ILL), i.e. we will get it for you from another library or information center. ILL requests can be made online, by clicking on the Interlibrary Loan link on the Library Home Page.
 

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