Monday, January 23, 2012

When to Include a Page Number in an APA Citation

In response to some recent confusion about when page numbers should be included in an APA in-text citation, please see the following instructions from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association:

Paraphrasing Material
“When paraphrasing or referring to an idea contained in another work, you are encouraged to provide a page or paragraph number, especially when it would help an interested reader locate the relevant passage in a long or complex text”  (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 171).

Thus, including a page number is not required but could be helpful when the paraphrased material comes from a lengthy and/or complicated source such as a textbook.

Example :
It is suggested that management theories, developed in the mid-1980s, put forth the idea that branding is as important to corporate success as the actual product that is produced (Klein, 2000).

Direct Quotation of Sources
“When quoting, always provide the author, year, and specific page citation or paragraph number for nonpaginated material” (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 170).

Klein (2000) noted that some management theorists suggest, “that successful corporations must primarily produce brands, as opposed to products” (p. 3).

When in doubt, consult the assignment guidelines and/or contact your instructor or Library Information Desk Staff.

Friday, January 13, 2012

"Like Us on Facebook" Draw

You don’t have to love us, but please Like us on Facebook! Help us reach our goal of 500 “Likes” by liking Medicine Hat College Library Services on Facebook.

Afterward, check our Facebook wall to find the link to our contest entry form.  Simply enter your name & e-mail address for a chance to win a fabulous prize! 

Click here to access Library Services' Facebook page!

*Draw to take place on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012.

*You must like us on Facebook AND enter your name and e-mail address in the contest entry form to be eligible for the draw. Please note: your personal information will only be used for the purpose of this draw and will be deleted after the contest ends.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

New Database: JSTOR

Library Services has added JSTOR to its list of database resources!

This multidisciplinary database indexes nearly 2000 scholarly journals, many of which are available in full-text.  Additionally, nearly 500,000 articles published prior to 1923 in the U.S. and prior to 1870 elsewhere are freely available.

JSTOR can be accessed on and off campus by faculty, staff, and students of Medicine Hat College. To directly connect to the resource, click here.

JSTOR, as well as other databases, can be located on the Library Services website in the Databases section. It will be listed alphabetically under the Complete Database List and the General/Multidisciplinary links.

If you have any questions, please contact the library's Information Desk via email, instant messenger, text message (403.866.5872), telephone (403.504.3544), or in person.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

New Materials Lists Updated - December 2011

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of December 2011. The lists can be found at:

228 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month!

Default Login for Blackboard, Computers, and Email

When logging into most online services (Blackboard, computers, and e-mail) at the college, you will initially use the following pattern:

For new students and returning students who have had the logins reset recently:
  • User name: firstname.lastname
  • Password:
    • First 3 letters of month of birth with first letter capitalized
    • 4 digits of your year of birth
    • Last 3 digits of student ID #

For more information about Campus ID card, please click here.

For password assistance, please see the library's Information Desk or the Information Technology Services' Help Desk (located near B223 on the second floor of the B-wing).

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Library User of the Month - January 2012

Ryan Toews, Nursing/UT Science student

“I am currently in my third year of the Bachelor of Nursing program at the Medicine Hat College. I have incorporated a variety of UT Science classes into my degree, as upon completion, I plan on furthering my education through a Doctor of Medicine program. Apart from coursework, I am involved in multiple volunteering events and am president of the Science and Engineering Undergraduate Society (SEUS).

The Vera Bracken Library has been my home for the past three years, and without it, I would not be where I am today. I have utilized many of the resources available through the library, such as online databases, A.V. equipment, referencing guidelines and above all, the studying areas. I would like to express my gratitude towards the library staff for creating a positive learning environment through their accommodating and compassionate attitudes.”