Thursday, February 26, 2015

ProQuest databases unavailable Saturday, Feb. 28


On February 28, 2015, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability.  This upgrade means that our ProQuest databases (PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, and Philosopher's Index) will be unavailable from about 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 until about 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 1.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

This website from North Caroline State University displays the common structure of scholarly journal articles.  They might use different headings to describe the sections of the article, but once you learn the purpose for each section you'll begin to recognize that common anatomy.

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

Be aware of these common features so you know you are reading the kind of scholarly research your professors expect!

When in doubt about an article (Is it scholarly?  Is it peer-reviewed?) use Ullrichsweb.com to find out more about the journal.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sage databases are working

As of this morning, access has been restored to the Sage databases.  Thanks for your patience!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sage databases are down

Update on Sage databases, 4:00 p.m.
The vendor reports that their platform is down and hopes to have the problem fixed by tomorrow.  PLEASE NOTE:  BVU Library subscribes to other databases that provide citations to the articles available in Sage databases, however if the full-text resides in a Sage database you will be unable to access the full-text until this software issue is fixed.
For articles from the Education databases, search ERIC.
For articles from the Psychology databases, search PsycINFO.
For articles from the Communication Studies databases, search Communication & Mass Media Complete.
For articles from the Criminology database, try Academic Search Complete, or PsycINFO.

We apologize for this inconvenience and we will let you know as soon as Sage is operational again.  If you need assistance obtaining articles or in finding alternative articles, please contact the Library and we'll be happy to assist you!

Original notice:
We just received word that the Sage Databases (Communication Studies, Criminology, Psychology and Education) are not working.  We are working now to figure out why we are unable to access these databases and will restore access just as soon as we figure this out!  Stay tuned for updates!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Value Line service down for maintenance



Value Line will be performing system maintenance on our website and support servers over the Thanksgiving weekend. This service may cause periodic interruptions to Valueline.com and your subscription access. This maintenance will begin tonight after 6 pm and continue through the weekend.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Web Site Evaluation for Hart English 50

Group 1: Who is the Author?
  • Is it an individual or group?
  • What are the author's credentials, educational background, area of expertise?
  • Has this individual or group published elsewhere?
  • Have other scholar's cited this author's work?
Group 2: Why was the source written?
  • Is the information presented fact, opinion or propaganda?
  • Does the author want readers to take action in some way?
  • What sorts of claims are made?  Do they seem reasonable and in line with other books, articles, web sites?
  • Is the author's point of view impartial and objective?
Group 3:  How was this web site written?
  • Does the author tell how facts were gathered?
  • What types of sources are used?
  • Is there any sort of documentation, for instance, a bibliography or "credits"?
Group 4: What has been written?
  • Do you trust the information?
  • Is there a potential conflict of interest?
  • Is there another source for this same information that could be more trustworthy? 

(KeyWord Challenge)