Frequently Asked Questions
Library Quick Guides and Frequently Asked Questions
- Anatomy of a Scholarly Article
At the Library
What's available at the QV library in Danielson?
- The library in Danielson houses a collection of @28,000 books, @100 magazines and journals and several hundred DVDs. Specific resources may be placed on reserve for classes as well - ask for these at the front desk. There are 37 computer terminals available for students (including 8 iMacs) - all with internet access and Microsoft Office. There are 5 public terminals available as well with access to the internet. The library also handles all requests for media equipment and services. Library staff are always available to help with your research.
What's available at the QV library in Willimantic?
- The library in the QVCC Willimantic center houses a collection of @900 circulating books and @165 reference titles. A dozen or so journals and magazines are available in hardcopy and a class reserve section is maintained at the front desk. Five PCs are available with Microsoft Office for internet research. In addition, the library utilizes an electronic "callslip" function within the online catalog that allows Willimantic students to request any of the library's resources from the Danielson library.
How many items can I check out at one time?
- A QV student may borrow up to a total of 10 items (of any types - books, magazines, DVDs) although we ask that you not, if possible, borrow all the books on any one topic. In addition, some resources, like DVDs and magazines have their own limits - in this case 2 total. Public patrons may borrow up to a total of 6 items with the same restrictions on the total numbers of DVDs or magazines.
How long can I borrow items for?
- Books from the QVCC library circulate for 28 days with the possibility of one renewal for another 28 days. DVDs circulate for 3 days with one 3 day renewal possible. Magazines and journals circulate for 1 week with one possible renewal. You can renew books online through the patron section of the Online catalog or by calling the library at 412-7272.
How much can I print?
- QV students are limited to print jobs that are less than 30 pages at a time. Duplicate printing (printing more than one copy of an article) is not allowed. The total number of articles you can print is not restricted but we ask you to print judiciously – printing only those parts of an article you actually need. Library staff can help you with printing sections of an article or with downloading or emailing articles. Public patrons are limited to print jobs of less than 5 pages at a time.
Can I use the library if I'm not a student?
- The QV library is open to all residents of Connecticut. There are 5 computer terminals with internet access available for public use. To borrow items from the QV library you will need to obtain a QV library card. To obtain a library card please bring some proof of your address with you.
- What's available at the QV library in Danielson?
- Can I link or embed library resources in my course shell?
- How do I insert a link to a specific article from a library database in my Blackboard shell?
- How do I insert the content of an EbscoHost article in my Blackboard shell?
- How do I insert a Films on Demand video in my Blackboard shell?
- What's a "feed"? And can I insert one in my Blackboad shell?
Citations and Refrences
- Does the library have any resources available to help me with citations?
- How do I cite refrences in APA format?
- How do I cite refrences in MLA format?
- How do I cite refrences in Chicago/Turabien format?
Which citation format should I use?
- Use whatever format your instructor requires. At QV that usually means using MLA Format for classes in the humanities (Art, Business, Communications, English, Humanities, ECE, etc.). Use APA format for classes in the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, etc.). Use Chicago/Turabian format for history classes (unless your instructor requires a different format). Every class is different – always check with your instructor about which format should be used in a particular class.
What's an annotated bibliography?
- An annotated bibliography is a list of citations that includes annotations. That means writing a citation in the correct format, then adding a few sentences that describe what the source is about. Faculty that require annotated bibliographies will give more specific directions about what citation format they want to be used and what the annotation should contain.
- What do I need to download an eBook?
How many eBooks does the library have?
- The library hosts an ever increasing collection of electronic books. As of this posting the collection consists of several separate sets including more than 78,000 books in our Ebrary collection, 17,150 Ebsco eBooks, 605 Credo Reference books, 281 Gale Virtual Reference Books, and 50 books in the Oxford Reference eBook collection.
How do I login to Ebrary?
- At the top right of the Ebrary screen, click Sign In. You will then login to your myCommnet account and then go right back into Ebrary. Once you are logged in, you can annotate and save ebooks to your Bookshelf.
How do I login to Ebsco eBooks?
- Click Sign In at the top of the Ebsco screen. Next, click Create a New Account. Fill out the online form - you can create any username and password as long as you follow the screen protocol. Once you sign in you can save Ebsco eBooks to your Folder. You can also use the same username and password to login and save articles from other Ebsco databases (MasterFile Premier, etc.) to your Folder.
- How do I download an eBook to an iPad?
- How do I download an eBook to a Nook?
- How do I download an Ebrary eBook to a Kindle Fire?
- Are there any eBook apps out there?
Internet and Wireless
How do I get on the student wireless network?
- Students should use the wireless network named "ConnSCU Internet". Use you Banner ID and password to get on.
Can I print from my laptop?
- There are currently no printers available on the College wireless network. To print from your laptop you will need to save your work to a flashdrive or email it to yourself, then print from a desktop computer.
- How do I get on the student wireless network?
Library Electronic Resources
- How do I access library resources from home?
What can I do if I don't see full text in the database I'm searching?
- Have you limited your search to full text only? That is done by checking
the Full Text box on the search screen. Most library databases contain both full text and non-full text.
Checking that full text box eliminates information about articles that are not full text.
Alternatively, if you leave the full text box unchecked, you can print the article citation screen and ask the library to obtain the article for you through Interlibrary Loan.
- Have you limited your search to full text only? That is done by checking the Full Text box on the search screen. Most library databases contain both full text and non-full text. Checking that full text box eliminates information about articles that are not full text.
- What kinds of media resources are available from the library?
Where do I get help if I have a problem with technology in the classroom?
- If the problem you are having is with the projector, sound system, or DVD player in the room come to or contact the Library - just dial 7272 on the classroom phone. If the problem you’re experiencing is with the PC, contact IT at 7242. If you’re not sure where your problem resides, contact either one of us and we’ll figure it out. You can also e-mail the library at firstname.lastname@example.org
- What kinds of technology are already installed in classrooms?
How do I request a piece of media equipment?
- Come to, or call the library in Danielson at 860-412-7272. You may also e-mail us at email@example.com. We do request that you make your request at least 24 hours in advance of your event or class.
Is there someone available to film or otherwise record my class or presentation?
- Unfortunetly no. The library can provide a video camera and a tripod but we do not have staff to do the filming for you.
- How do the touchscreens in the classroom work?
- Microsoft Office
Can I connect my iPad to a projector?
- With a second generation or newer ipad you can connect them to a projector or external display. To do so you will need the Apple 30-pin to VGA adapter or the Apple 30-pin Digital AV adapter. These are available from the Apple online store. You can also check one out on a class-by-class basis from the library.
- How do I take a screenshot of my iPad or iPhone?
- Can I connect my iPad to a projector?