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 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 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)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blodgett University Seminar Website Exercise

Rate a web page below based on currency, relevancy, accuracy, authority, and position (or objectivity).  Would you feel confident using this web page as a source of information for your paper? Why or why not?

 Webpage #1

Webpage #2

Webpage #3

 Webpage #4

Webpage #5

Friday, August 29, 2014

Update on Library Access from Off-Campus

The solution to fix the remote access problems with new student accounts was not successful.  Apparently our old computer system (Poise) is preventing our new students from accessing the system and overriding the changes we make in the new computer system (Jenzabar).  Breaking the link with Poise has turned out to be more difficult than anticipated.  The new solution posed by our computer center staff is to run a new update from Jenzabar each day early in the morning to reset everyone's account to allow access to the library resources.  This solution means that there may be time between midnight and 6:00 a.m. when you are not able to access the library resources from off-campus.  If you try again after 6:00 a.m, you should have access.

The BVU Library is open Saturday afternoon and Monday evening for the Labor Day weekend.  I will monitor the email address over the weekend and will attempt to help those who contact us.

I apologize for the technical difficulties we are experiencing and beg your continued patience as we try to find a permanent solution to rectify this situation.  If there are particular assignments that you are trying to complete and having difficulty because of sporadic access, please email