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Library FAQs

How do I contact the library?

How do I obtain a library barcode?

Do I need to get a new barcode every semester?

Why do I need a barcode?

How do I find a book?

What if you don’t have the book that I’m looking for?

How do I access the library’s databases?

How do I find a journal, magazine, or newspaper article?

I’d like to find articles in Ebscohost but there are over 10 different databases to choose from, how do I know which database to select?

How do I search the Connecticut Virtual Library?

I need to search Lexis-Nexis but cannot locate it on the library’s webpage, where can I find it?


I cannot access Lexis Nexis. I’ve tried to get into it several times and I’m always asked for a login ID and password. Why is that?

When I am searching for journal articles, I keep getting just citations or abstracts. Where is the whole article?

My professor wants us to use only scholarly journals. How can I make sure that my results will be acceptable?

I can access the databases from home, but not from work. Why is that?


Answers

How do I contact the library?

You can email the library at library@post.edu or you can call the reference desk at 203.596.4560.

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How do I obtain a library barcode?

If you are a resident or commuter, come into the Traurig library and fill out a card. If you are an on line student, send an email to library@post.edu with your full name, address (please include street, town, state and zip code), phone number and email address. We will return your email with a barcode along with instructions on accessing the library’s resources.

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Do I need to get a new barcode every semester?

No, your barcode will be valid until you graduate.

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Why do I need a barcode?

The barcode is your library card. It is necessary if you want to borrow books from the library. It is also necessary when you need to access databases (Ebscohost, Connecticut Virtual Library, Encyclopedia Britannica Online etc.) from off campus.

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How do I find a book?

You can locate a book in our library by searching the Traurig Library and Learning Resource Center’s Online Catalog.

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What if you don’t have the book that I’m looking for?

If you are an onground student or you live in the Waterbury area, we can attempt to borrow a book from another library through interlibrary loan. We do not borrow text books from other libraries. Ask a librarian for further information.

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How do I access the library’s databases?

You can access the databases two ways. There is a direct link to the library from Blackboard homepage, just click on the link to “Access Virtual Library,” or you can go to the library’s homepage. Choose a database from there and enter your barcode for access.

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How do I find a journal, magazine or newspaper article?

You can locate articles by searching the library’s online databases such as Ebscohost and Connecticut Virtual library.

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I’d like to find articles in Ebscohost but there are over 10 different databases to choose from, how do I know which database to select?

Which database you use is determined by your subject or topic. Following each database title is a brief description of that database. For example, if you are looking for a management article, you would use the “Business Source Complete” database; if you need a sociology article, use Soc INDEX and so on. Note: you can search more than one database at a time.

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How do I search the Connecticut Virtual Library?

The best way to search the Connecticut Virtual Library (also known as ICONN) is to search each database separately. To do this, go to the Connecticut Virtual Library’s homepage, click on the link for “Search Individual Resources” on the left hand side of the page, and then make your choice. There is a brief description below the title of each database.

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I need to search Lexis-Nexis but cannot locate it on the library’s webpage. Where can I find it?

You can access Lexis-Nexis through the Blackboard homepage. It is one the black tabs near the top of the page.

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I cannot access Lexis Nexis. I’ve tried to get into it several times and I’m always asked for a login ID and password. Why is that?

If you are using the web browser Safari, you will not be able to access Lexis Nexis through Blackboard. We recommend that you download the free browser Firefox, and access Lexis Nexis through that browser.

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When I am searching for journal articles, I keep getting just citations or abstracts. Where is the whole article?

Not all journals supply the full text of an article. You can limit your search results to only full text articles by clicking on the “Full Text” box available in all databases.

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My professor wants us to use only scholarly journals. How can I make sure that my results will be acceptable?

To search for scholarly journals,( also called Academic or Peer Reviewed) click on the box titled either “Scholarly,” or “Peer Reviewed.”

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I can access the databases from home, but not from work. Why is that?

Most workplaces have security software that can interfere with remote access. Talk to your network administrator to see if access is possible.

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