New Position – Blog Discontinuation

Posted on June 16, 2014 in Personnel by Sonya Shepherd

After 19 years of service to Georgia Southern University, it is with pleasure and sadness that I announce I will begin a new role at Gordon State College as the Director of Hightower Library as of August 1, 2014. More information can be found here – http://blogs.georgiasouthern.edu/zachsnews/2014/06/03/position-change-sonya-shepherd-to-be-new-director-of-library-services-at-gordan-state-college/.

As a result, this will be my last post and this blog will no longer be updated. If you would like to know more about Hightower Library or read future postings about our library resources and services please visit the soon to be revamped “In the Know” at drshepherd.edublogs.org.  It has been a pleasure serving you and I hope that I have been able to share some knowledge with you.

Dr. Shepherd

 

ERIC Documents in FDSys

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Library Services & Resources by Sonya Shepherd
If you do not find the document you need using ERIC for 1995-2004, try FDsys. According to a couple of colleagues on GOVDOC-L:
There is a limited ERIC collection on FDSys at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=ERIC. Here’s the descripton:
EDUCATION REPORTS FROM ERIC
Find reports on federally funded education research topics from the U.S. Department of Education’s Educational Resources Information Center. Reports on FDsys begin with those received by GPO in October 2002. The documents received from the Educational Resources Information Center have dates that range from 1995 to 2004. Prior reports are available from select Federal depository libraries nationwide in microfiche. A larger selection of ERIC reports is available from the ERIC program web site. Files are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) only.
(Provided by Lori Gwinnett, Government Documents Librarian)

Research Assistance Available

Posted on March 27, 2014 in Need Assistance? by Sonya Shepherd

If you are in need of assistance with search strategies and terminology, citing sources using APA, navigating library resources, basic SPSS questions, or ETD formatting,  please feel free to contact me. I am your COE library faculty liaison available to help answer your questions.

sgaither@georgiasouthern.edu

(912) 478-7820 (office)

Skype: senithia

 

GALILEO Outage scheduled

Posted on March 27, 2014 in Library Services & Resources by Sonya Shepherd

Dear GALILEO Users,

EBSCOhost will be performing network maintenance on Friday, March 28, 2014, from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.  During the maintenance EBSCOhost databases and services may be intermittently unavailable.

If you have any questions or need more information, please use GALILEO’s Contact Us feature or contact the ITS Helpdesk at helpdesk@usg.edu.

GALILEO announcements and status updates are available at: http://www.usg.edu/galileo/status/.

(provided by GALILEO Helpdesk)

Information about the GALILEO mailing list is available at: http://www.usg.edu/galileo/about/news/list.phtml

Note-taking Tips for Graduate Students

Posted on November 14, 2013 in Getting Started by Sonya Shepherd

Do you have trouble figuring out how to take notes and organize them especially while your working on your thesis or dissertation? No worries. Help is available. Read this article to obtain some useful ideas. Before purchasing any suggested references, check the library catalog to see if it is available for check out from Henderson Library or consider GIL Express or Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery.

ERIC Documents Unavailable Due to Government Shutdown

Posted on October 2, 2013 in Library Services & Resources by Sonya Shepherd

The Problem: I have searched ERIC@EBSCOHost via GALILEO or the Discover Service but I  click the link to access a full text article only to receive an error message.

Question1: In the citation, did  the link to the full text article display as http://eric.ed.gov and it has an ED######? If so, you are not able to access your desired item at this time. Do not worry because there may be a solution.

Question2: In the citation, did  the link to the full text article display as http://eric.ed.gov and it says the item is an ERIC Journal? If so, you may be able to search the E-Journals listing or the library catalog on the library’s web page to determine if the item is available full text in another database other than ERIC. Note: The library does have ED###### on microfiche from 1966 until part of 2003 if you would like to visit us.

The Reason: ED###### are made available from the eric.ed.gov server which is hosted by the federal government then passed to other databases like ERIC@EBSCOHost. Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host eric.ed.gov were shut down. Access to ED###### has been temporarily discontinued. The services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted. In the meantime …

The Solution: You will need to submit an Interlibrary Loan request via ILLIAD. When filling out the request form be sure to include wording in the comment section that explains the ED###### is not available at this time due to the federal government shut down. The ILL staff will determine if the item is available from another institution then let you know if they can obtain a copy for you.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this may pose to your research process. Please do not wait until the last minute to locate the necessary items if time is of the essence. If you have any questions about or need alternative research strategies then please contact me – your library liaison for the College of Education – sgaither@georgiasouthern.edu or   (912) 478-7820  .

new LibGuides available and more

Posted on September 23, 2013 in Getting Started,Library Services & Resources by Sonya Shepherd

We are now 5 weeks into the semester and lots of changes have taken place in the library. We’ve added new resources aside from the Discover Search Service like the Digital Commons with Select Works, Digital Special Collections, and LibGuides. We even have an updated library web page. You can even use the Discover Education@Georgiasouthern just to search for resources in Education, Psychology, Library & Information Sciene, and Law. Handouts and tutorials related to Education research has been placed on an Education LibGuide page. Take a look and let me know what you think. If you need anything just let me know. More information will be added so check back often. There is also a page available for those needing help with SPSS. All of my LibGuide pages are accessible from one location. Additionally, using a password to search GALILEO from off-campus is no longer needed. More information is available on the library’s web site. As always if you need assistance please feel free to contact me.

IMPORTANT GALILEO Password Update

Posted on May 21, 2013 in Getting Started,Library Services & Resources,Need Assistance?,Technology by Sonya Shepherd

Going forward, you will no longer need a GALILEO password to access library databases from the GALILEO website.You now have two options that allows you to access all library databases with your email/MyGSU username and password.

1. Search databases using the Discover@GeorgiaSouthern tab on the library’s website
2. Search GALILEO once logged into MyGeorgiaSouthern portal (GALILEO link is on left side)

Additionally, if you would like to search a subset of the GALILEO databases (Education related only) then you may do so by going to Going forward, you will no longer need a GALILEO password to access library databases from the GALILEO website.You now have two options that allows you to access all library databases with your email/MyGSU username and password. 1. Search databases using the Discover@GeorgiaSouthern tab on the library’s website 2. Search GALILEO once logged into MyGeorgiaSouthern portal (GALILEO link is on left side) Additionally, if you would like to search a subset of the GALILEO databases (Education related only) then you may do so by going to http://georgiasouthern.libguides.com/drsonyashepherd. If you have questions or would like for me to come to a department meeting or meeting with your class (in-person or virtually via Adobe Connect) please send a library instruction request – http://library.georgiasouthern.edu/forms/requestform.html..

new site for Education guides

Posted on February 5, 2013 in Library Services & Resources by Sonya Shepherd

The library will soon be retiring the EagleSource web site used to find resources by subject. We will be launching LibGuides at the beginning of Summer 2013. As a result, I will begin to move the Education resources listed in Eagle Source over to LibGuides. The resources available on the “In the Know” blog will continue to be available but I will also link them to my LibGuide page. In the meantime, take a look at my LibGuide profile. I’ve listed my contact information as well as some QuickLinks related to Education. I’ve also added the Discover Education search box for those wanting to search all the Education databases at one time. If you have any questions please let me know.

Spring 2013 Underway

Posted on January 31, 2013 in Getting Started,Library Services & Resources,Need Assistance? by Sonya Shepherd

We’re well into the semester now. Projects, assignments, tests, and more. Remember if you need assistance, it is available. You have not because you ask not! Services such as the Writing Center and Academic Success Center are available to help with writing, study skills, or tutoring. If you need help with conducting research please contact a librarian and we’ll direct you in the right place.

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