Thursday, October 29, 2009

Library Drop-in Classes

Library Services will be holding drop-in classes for individuals that want to learn more about some of services and tools provided by the library.

Here is what you need to know:
  • Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from November 3rd to 26th, starting at 11:00 a.m.
  • Duration: 20-30 minutes.
  • Where: Library Classroom (B130)
  • Registration: Sign-up at library Information Desk or drop in.
Topics/Schedule:
  • November 3rd - APA citation.
  • November 5th - Finding journal articles.
  • November 10th - Finding books and audiovisuals.
  • November 12th - MLA citation.
  • November 17th - Finding journal articles.
  • November 19th - APA citation.
  • November 24th - Finding journal articles.
  • November 26th - Finding books and audiovisuals.
Participants are eligible to enter a draw for one choice of the following grand prizes on Nov 26:
  1. printing credit: $15
  2. bookstore gift certificate: $15
  3. cafeteria gift certificate: $15
If you have further questions, please see the Information Desk or call: 403-529-3867.

We hope to see you there.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Flu Season & Working from Home

With the H1N1 global pandemic and other season ailments floating around, it is advised that you stay home if you are feeling ill. Staying home will prevent the spread of the ailment and help you recover faster.

Many library services can still be accessed from home . . .

LIBRARY CATALOGUE
DATABASES/PERIODICAL SEARCHES
  • If your library account is up-to-date, you can access the databases to search for periodical (journal, magazine, and newspaper) articles. Click here to access databases.
INTERLIBRARY LOANS (ILL)
ONLINE ASSISTANCE

As ever, we have a wide variety of means to contact the library to get assistance. Some of the ways that you can contact us include:

Friday, October 23, 2009

APA Update: Wikis & Corrections

WIKI ENTRY UPDATE

The APA has clarified how to cite a wiki entry. Our APA Style Guide cited a wiki entry to conform to the online community standard. It has now been changed to conform to the method that is used for an online reference book.

Previous our entry looked like this (click image to enlarge):




Now it will be more correctly displayed as (click image to enlarge):



To cite the previous example in-text, it would appear as follows:
  • . . . ("APA Style," 2009). OR
  • The "APA Style" (2009) article suggests . . . .
If a single author is given, order your entry as follows:
  • author > date of posting/update > article title (sentence case, normal font) > wiki name (sentence case, italicized; preceded by "In"--using a plain font) > date of retrieval and URL.
If no single author is given:
  • Article title (sentence case, normal font) > date of posting/update > wiki name (sentence case, italicized; preceded by "In"--using a plain font) > date of retrieval and URL.
The corrected version of the guide will carry the revision date of: October 2009 [Rev. A]. To view the revised style guide, click here.



GENERAL UPDATE TO PUBLICATION MANUAL

The APA has also posted its first list of corrections and clarifications to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Click here to view the list.

Header and margin boundaries are still poorly defined by the manual and are inconsistently displayed in the sample papers. These concerns have not been addressed by the APA, so we continue to rely on the more clearly defined 5th edition header and margin boundaries.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Materials Lists Updated - September 2009

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of September 2009. The lists can be found at: http://www.mhc.ab.ca/library/New Materials/.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Thanksgiving Prize Winner

Congratulations to Rosie Saurette. She is this year's winner in our Thanksgiving Day prize draw, which included a gift package of Autumn and Thanksgiving themed goods.

Monday, October 05, 2009

APA Style Updates - October 2009

As we stated in earlier posts, the current 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Publication Manual) has a number of inconsistencies and oversights in it. We are trying to correct and update our guides as information becomes available from official APA sources—click here for past revisions. To this end, we have posted our latest revisions of the APA Style Guide, 6th ed. and the APA Sample Paper. You can download each by clicking the following links:
The To Quote, Paraphrase, or Block Quote? – APA Style guide remains unchanged.



CHANGES MADE:

RUNNING HEAD
Previously it was documented that the running head would start on page 1 (title page) and appear on every succeeding page in the following format:

Running head: THIS IS MY ABBREVIATED ESSAY TITLE

This was incorrectly documented in the APA Publication Manual it should appear:

Page 1: Running head: THIS IS MY ABBREVIATED ESSAY TITLE
Succeeding pages: THIS IS MY ABBREVIATED ESSAY TITLE


FIGURES & TABLES
• Notes are now correctly double-spaced—not single-spaced.
• Notes for these sections indicate that tables can be single to double spaced.
• Figure label and caption/title of figures are supposed to follow the figure on a page—not precede it. Examples in both documents have been updated to reflect this clarification.
• The table example on page 8 of the sample paper remains double spaced; this is to demonstrate the spatial relationship between a heading and its associated information.

BLOG CITATION (p.9 of APA Style Guide, 6th ed.)
An example of how to cite a blog was added to the APA Style Guide, 6th ed. handout. The example is the first one at the top of page 9.

ANATOMY OF A REFERENCE (p.4 of APA Style Guide, 6th ed.)
For the journal example, a noted was added to direct readers to page 6 of the guide for more information on citing the electronic versions of journal articles.

MARGINS
It is still unclear what the exact parameters for the margins are. APA says that text appears within a 1 in. margin at each side of the page. The lack of clarity regards whether or not the running head and page number are inside the 1 in. margin (which would effectively push essay text to the 1.5 in. mark from the top edges of the pages). Adding to the ambiguous nature of margin parameters are the APA’s sample papers—where margins vary throughout the presentation. We are still relying on the more clearly define margin and header boundaries from the 5th edition manual. This could, however, change once the detail is clarified by the APA.



If you have any comments, concerns, or questions regarding this latest round of amendments, please e-mail us at: reference@mhc.ab.ca.

The revised documents carry the October 2009 revision date.

For a complete list of all of our guides, click here.

Thanksgiving Day Closures - 12 October 2009

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus Libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving Day on Monday, October 12th. Both libraries will be open normal hours on the days preceding and following the 12th.

For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Library User of the Month - October 2009

Library Services is pleased to announce that Dylan Anderson is our Library User of the Month for September 2009.

You can read a statement by him by clicking here.