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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.