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FAQS: FAQ Collection: Books

1. access and use ProQuest Ebook Central

Access to ProQuest Ebook Central:
Select the Catalog tab and click on E-Book Collections. This will bring you to our eBook Collections page. The first option available will be ProQuest Ebook Central. Off-campus users will be prompted to enter their Emmanuel Portal login information for access.

Note: You may also access ProQuest Ebook Central items through the Online Catalog.
Finding books in ProQuest Ebook Central:

  • In ProQuest Ebook Central, search for books in the Simple Search box (which appears near the top left of each page) or in an Advanced Search. For an Advanced search, click the Search tab in the navigation bar.
  • The Advanced search feature allows you to enter multiple search terms. Click the plus (+) or minus (-) to add or remove search boxes. For each term, select the field you want to search (text, subject, title, author, or publisher) in the box labeled Search in. For more complex searches, use AND/OR to link terms. Note: AND/OR must all be capitalized.

    Example: education AND “curriculum planning.”
  • Alternatively, use the Library’s Online Catalog in the center column of the Library homepage. Click the Books tab, and then select E-Books.
  • E-Books may be identified as [Electronic Resource] after the title, and the holdings will be specified as no item information, available online (ebrary).

    To view an e-book, go to the detailed record of the book by clicking on the title and then click on Emmanuel under the heading Holdings Information.
Printing in ProQuest Ebook Central:
You can print materials from ProQuest Ebook Central. Once you’ve found the resource you would like to use, first navigate to the full text of your e-book by clicking the Read Online button (on the left). Once you’re in this view, you can select the print icon from the toolbar. You can then select current page, pages from, or current chapter from this view.
Saving books to the Bookshelf:
Note: You must first sign in with your portal username and password. To do so, click on the Sign In link in the top right-hand corner of the page.
  • The Bookshelf feature is designed to save e-book titles for later use.
  • Once you’ve logged in, click the Add to My Bookshelf button (a book with a plus sign). It will be above the full text in the Read Online view, or on the left in the Availability view.
  • To access your bookshelf, click on the Bookshelf at the top of the page.

Highlighting and Annotating Text in ProQuest Ebook Central:
Note: You must first sign in with your portal username and password. To do so, click on the Sign In link in the top right-hand corner of the page.
  • Open the full text view (Read Online) of the text you wish to highlight. 
  • Click on the highlighter icon in the tool bar at the top of the page. When you hover the mouse over the icon, it will read ‘Highlight’. 
  • To highlight, click and drag your mouse across the words you want to highlight. You will be prompted with the options to cite the phrase (double box) change the highlighting color, or to add annotation (Add Note icon). 
  • A link to the highlighted and annotated text will automatically be saved in your personal Bookshelf, and will remain until you remove it.

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2. access the Encyclopedia of Religion

The Encyclopedia of Religion can also be accessed by the below methods:

  • From the Library homepage, select Research Guides tab and, then, select Theology and Religious Studies from research guide drop-down options. The link to the encyclopedia is in the list of Reference Books on this guide.
  • From the Library homepage, select Catalog tab and enter Encyclopedia of Religion as a title search.
Note: Off campus, enter your username without "@emmanuel.edu" and password.

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3. browse the shelves by topic

1. Go to the Library of Congress Classification outline at:

2. Click on the general subject area of your topic.

3. Then click on any sub-topic or sub-class within the discipline that most closely relates to your research topic.

4. Note the sub-class number and go to the shelves in the library to browse for books in your area of interest.

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4. evaluate a resource

Consider the following when choosing resources for your paper:

  1. Authorship and Authority (Gibaldi 41-45)
    •  Author Credential information:
      • Educational degrees such as PhD, MD, etc.
      • Affiliations such as schools, research facilities or other organizations
      • Work experience.
      • Note: In some cases, an organization or corporation may be responsible for a work.
    • Publisher and publication information:
      • Scholarly, refereed or peer reviewed journal articles undergo a higher level of screening by experts in the field prior to being published.
      • Publishers may be associated with educational institutions such as universities or national professional organizations such as American Psychological Association.
  2. Accuracy and Verifiability (Gibaldi 41-45)
    •  Bias or point of view
      • Look at the author affiliations or publication affiliation for potential sources of bias.
      • Note the wording of the work including the tone.
      • Note how thoroughly the author explores differing opinions.
    • Verifiability
      • Determine if the author has citations backing up any claims within a work.
      • If there is a question concerning the information, see if other sources are claiming the same thing.
  3. Currency (Gibaldi 41-45)
    • The date of publication may affect how accurate it is. Certain types of information such as scientific writing have a shorter shelf-life than others. An older article on current trends in heart surgery would not be a credible source. However, an older English literature essay may or may not be a good source.
    • The date of publication may have an affect on point of view or bias. For example, an article on feminism from the 1950s may present a biased account.
Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed.
New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003. Print.

See also, How do I evaluate a web site?

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5. find a book on the shelf from its Library of Congress Call Number

Library of Congress (LC) classification system, which is used by most academic libraries, classifies items by broad subject category and then by sub categories. Each item is assigned a unique call number based on how an item is classified, which determines where it will be shelved.

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6. find books using the online catalog

Search the Online Catalog for information about print and electronic books available at Emmanuel College and the other Fenway Library Organization (FLO). You will also find DVDs and CDs through the catalog.
Use the Basic Search (available on the library home page) when you know the title or author, or are using a simple keyword.

  • In a Title search, omit the initial article (e.g., A, An, The).
    For example: Sound and the fury rather than The sound and the fury
  • In an Author search, enter the author’s last name and then first name.
    For example: Shakespeare, William
Use a Keyword (Advanced) Search (access through the link on the Library home page) to broaden and/or limit your results.
  • For topics that involve more than one concept, enter search terms for each concept in a separate textbox. The default setting will search for any of these within one box.
  • Specify the field to search within (e.g., Author). The default option, Keyword anywhere, searches for your term within the author, the title, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and any notes in the item’s record.
  • Use truncation to find results that contain a partial form of your term. Example: genet? retrieves results that contain “genetic,” “genetics,” “genetically,” and so on.
  • If typing a phrase (such as “art therapy”) in one textbox, change the search from any of these to as a phrase
If you have entered terms in more than one textbox, consider how they are connected. The default setting (AND) requires that a term or phrase from each box be present in your results. Adding terms or phrases separated by AND limits your results. Selecting other options (OR, NOT) will affect your results.
  • OR finds items that contain terms from either textbox (or from both), broadening your results.
  • NOT excludes any results that contain terms from the second textbox of the pair.
    Example: (cellular NOT phone) will omit results about cellular phones.
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  Check the availability and locations of items in your results list; the location will tell you if the item is at Emmanuel College or another FLO library, and where the item is shelved (e.g., Main Stacks or Reference).
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7. pay an overdue/lost book fine

See the Overdue items section of the Library Circulation Policy.

8. renew a book

For Emmanuel Books you can renew books a few ways:

  • In person at the Circulation Desk with Emmanuel ID
  • By phone (617) 735-9927
  • By email, ill@emmanuel.edu
  • Online through My Account.
Please note: The library reserves the right to deny a renewal request.

For InterLibrary Loaned Books:
  • Email request to ill@emmanuel.edu

9. request books or articles from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

General Information

  • Only current Emmanuel College patrons are eligible for the interlibrary loan service.
  • Required readings from a course syllabus cannot be requested.
  • A request does not guarantee that the material is obtainable.
  • The receipt of each requested item will vary based on lender.
  • On average requests can take one to three weeks to arrive.
  • There is a limit of 3 requests per day.
  • See the Interlibrary Loan Policy for further details.

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