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

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Access to BVU Library from Off-Campus

A problem has been identified that is preventing any new students from logging in to the library resources from off-campus.  A fix for this problem will be put in place this evening and then we will test the fix in the morning to make sure that this solution really does indeed address the issue.  Thanks for your patience, and thank you for letting us know when you ran into problems!  We very quickly realized the scope of the issue when we had many people contacting us the first few days of classes to tell us they were unable to log in to the library.  Now that the problem has been identified and a potential solution put in place, we hope to have all new students up and researching to their heart's content very soon.

If you need immediate access, before the file is run, let us know.  It is possible to fix individual accounts "on the fly."  We just need your username. is your best address for letting us know.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

I'm posting this for use by the General Psychology class today, as they learn about different types of publications.  Thanks to NCSU Libraries.

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Database Use in 2013-2014

We just compiled the final statistics for database use for the last academic year.  A few of our databases do not let us track usage, but most of them do and we keep an eye on that throughout the year. Here are some interesting numbers for the FY 13-14.

Total database searches, July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 : 457,468
Most used database:  Academic Search Complete, 78,545 searches
Heaviest database use month: April 2014, 72,003 searches
Total full-text articles obtained: 103,588
Total e-book use: 5,537 titles
Total Films on Demand video views: 1,335