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What is my login for the library databases?

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You will see the Office 365 login when you click on one of the databases off campus. Use the login you always use for 365 there. The good news is that if you are already logged in to your college email , you won't need to log in again to go from your classroom to your email to the databases! If you need assistance, contact IT Support at (515) 473-8158.

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How do I sign up for or reserve the library's study rooms?

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We have four study rooms in the library. Each is equipped with a white board and a VCR/DVD player. Read more about the policies and guidelines here. You can make a study room reservation online using our study room reservation form. 

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What are the library's service hours?

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Because the majority of our services and resources are available online, the library never really closes! However, below are the hours during which you can print, use a study room, check out a book, or ask for assistance from the library staff. Call (515) 643-6613 to confirm hours during breaks, holidays, and inclement weather.

Regular Hours

  • Monday – Thursday 7:30 am - 9 pm
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 2 pm
  • Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

Break Hours

  • Monday – Friday 8 am - 4 pm
  • Closed Saturday & Sunday

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Is wifi or wireless printing available in the library?

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Wi-fi is available in the library and throughout the Mercy College campus. It permits guest access to the Internet but not to the network drives or printers. 

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Can I use library databases from home?

Yes, you can use nearly all of the databases from home. UptoDate and ClinicalKey require downloading their app and registering for an account. 

ClinicalKey instructions

UptoDate instructions

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How can I request an item through interlibrary loan?

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Use this linked request form.

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How can I get a Mercy College sock monkey like the ones in the library?

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The Evidence Based Monkeys, EBM for short, are named Briggs, Cochrane, and PICO. Cochrane and Briggs are two common databases of systematic reviews and guidelines, and if you've taken a research class, you may have developed and researched a PICO question! The library's sock monkeys were custom made by Sami's Sock Monkeys. You can contact her through her Facebook page

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Who do I talk to about problems logging into my student e-mail account or using wireless Internet with my laptop at the college?

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Contact the college's Technology Specialist at (515) 643-6704 (cell: 515-473-8158) or email ´╗┐it@mchs.edu

 

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Is the library open to the public?

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Yes, we are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We participate in Iowa's Open Access program, which allows the public to check out materials with a picture ID and a library card from a public library in Iowa. The printers/copy machines are not available for public use.

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Can I plug in my laptop in the library, or does the library check out laptops?

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There are electrical outlets next to the study carrels on the north side of the library. For safety reasons we ask users to limit use of power cords to the study rooms, the study carrels, and the tables equipped with outlets. The library has a limited number of laptops available for in-house use. 

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What are the loan periods?

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  • Books – 14 days
  • Journals – 7 days
  • Videos/DVDs – 7 days (although some may only be checked out by faculty)
  • Popular Reading Collection – 4 weeks
  • Renewals allowed - 2

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How many items can I request through interlibrary loan?

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Patrons may have 5 active requests at a time. A request is active from the time you submit it until it is returned to the lending library (for hard copy items) or delivered to your email (for PDFs). 

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Are all my textbooks available in the library?

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Several of the most used textbooks are available as ebooks. Links to those ebooks have been provided to the instructors of those courses, and they will provide them to you in class. we also have a very small collection of paper copies of the most used textbooks. If you have questions or suggestions about future purchases, get in touch with Jennie at library@mchs.edu.

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Is there a cost for interlibrary loans?

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There is no charge for most loans.  If we are not able to borrow an item free of charge, we will contact you for your approval before committing to pay for any item.  Mercy College will not cover the cost for the loan itself.  

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May I bring food and drink into the library?

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Yes. Just take your empty containers and wrappers with you and keep the food and drinks away from the computers.

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May I use my cell phone in the library?

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No. Please silence your phone before entering the library, and make and receive any phone calls in the hallway outside the library.

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When will my interlibrary loan item arrive? How will I know?

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Articles and electronic documents tare typically available in 2 to 5 days. Hard copy items (primarily books) typically arrive within 10 days. Items that are difficult to obtain may take longer. You will receive an email or a call from the library informing you that your items are ready to be picked up.  Electronic documents are delivered directly to you via a link in an email.

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Who can use the interlibrary loan request form?

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Current Mercy College students, faculty, and staff may use the request form.

 

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May I renew materials borrowed through interlibrary loan?

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You may request a renewal by emailing us at library@mchs.edu. The decision about whether items can be renewed is made by the lending library.

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What is a DOI, and how do I find one?

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A Digital Object Identifier, or DOIs, give each article, book, or book chapter a unique, persistent identifying alphanumeric code. It’s not mandatory that publishers register DOIs for all their publications, but scholarly publishers and some governmental agencies have assigned DOIs to the works they publish. (Because publishers or content owners have to pay to register items, many scholarly articles still lack DOIs, and popular publications, such as magazines or news articles, do not have DOIs). APA citation style requires that the DOI be included in reference list entries.

Crossref,  a registration agency for the International DOI Foundation, assigns DOIs to scholarly research publications.

All DOIs start with the number 10 followed by a period.

 **DOIs have nothing to do with the peer-reviewed status of an article.

**CINAHL and Proquest give DOIs in their article results, but they have code appended to them which identifies our college, which seems helpful on their end, but makes the DOI incorrect. Don’t use the DOI given in a library database record—get it from the actual article or CrossRef. Read more below!

The first place to look for a DOI is the article itself. Many publishers will include the DOI somewhere on the first page of the article, ether at the top of the page or in the footer, or in any citation or copyright information. 

The second place to look for a DOI is by searching the Crossref website. If your search for a DOI on their site comes up empty, it’s likely that the publication doesn't have one. 

Go to the Crossref.org website.

Click on the Search Metadata tab above the search box.

Enter the title of the article, in quotes, in the Title, Author, DOI, etc search box.

Look through the list of results for your article. The DOI will be listed at the bottom of the entry. In this example, it’s

 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-018-1616-9 

Searches in Crossref always bring back results, even if the article you are looking for isn't there. If you don't see your article in the first page of results, here are a few things to try.

  • Add the author's last name to your search.
  • Use the Year limiter in the left column to limit results to the year in which your item was published.

 If you still don't find the article you are looking for in Crossref, you’ve done your due diligence, and it doesn’t have a DOI.

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