Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Evaluating Websites

Below are links to two web pages on the topic of vaccination.  It is a controversial topic with strong feelings on both sides.  Analyze these two websites using the CRAAP test to identify which source you feel would be most useful to college level research.

Website #1

Website #2

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

University Seminar Links (Bartholomew-Feis)

Use the Web Evaluation checklist link to determine if the following websites are trustworthy and appropriate for college level reseach.  Use your "Deconstruct a Source" sheet to record your group's thoughts.

Web Evaluation checklist

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Group Five

Monday, August 29, 2016

Welcome back!

If  you've stumbled across this blog while clicking around, welcome to BVU.  Or welcome back!

We've made a few changes this summer.   First, our URL has changed, (although the old URL still works to refer you seamlessly to the new one).  We are now at

Also, our web page gurus have figured out a way to display each day's hours on our web page!  You'll see that right above the search window for the catalog.

And we've made some changes to our line-up of article databases.  If you aren't finding what you need let us know.

The BVU Library stands ready to serve you with about 124,000 physical books and 145,000 ebooks, all of which can be discovered in the Library catalog.  Another amazing fact for you--through a combination of our own subscriptions and the full-text in databases we purchase, you have access to the full-text of over 40,000 magazines, journals, and newspaper!  And if you still can't get your hands on what you need, remember to try out our interlibrary loan service to obtain books and articles at no cost to you.

We'll have a booth at the Work-Study fair later this week, so if you need to earn the work-study money you've been awarded, find out more about working at the Library from our staff at the fair.  We have lots of slots to fill in on our schedule, including nights and weekends.

Happy Researching in 16-17!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Update on Ebsco E-book Access using Firefox

We have received this update from Ebsco Technical Support:

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience of eBook PDFs not loading in Firefox 45 and above. This issue is a result of an update to the Firefox code base which is incompatible with our eBook viewer. We are working to fully resolve this issue as soon as possible and in the meantime have implemented a fix that has restored access to eBook PDFs in Firefox. A byproduct of this fix is loss of page-to-page vertical scrolling for eBooks in Firefox, though all other navigation options remain available: table of contents links, page back and forward arrows, and entering a page number into the page number box.

So be sure to use the page arrows at the center bottom instead of the scroll bars.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hart English 100 Information Analysis and Annotated Bibliography links

CRAAP test and five characteristics of good information

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Group Six

Cornell University Annotated Bibliography links: Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Wrap-Up and Reflection: Post your thoughts about today's session

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Packer English 100 web site evaluation

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Link to the CRAAP Test.  Click on tabs to analyze how well your website fits this test.

WRAP-UP: One thing I learned, one thing I will try.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

E-book Access problems

We have noticed that the full-text of e-books is not loading properly for IE users and is not loading at all for Firefox users.  It does seem to be working well with Chrome, so if you need to access an e-book in PDF format, try using the Chrome browser.  The downloading feature still works in all browswers.

We have a call in to Ebsco Technical Support to get this figured out.  Sorry for the inconvenience!