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Century Library Resources Holdings: 60,000+ titles Periodicals: 300+ current subscriptions The library catalog includes electronic books, videos, pamphlets and other holdings, in addition to the books in the library collection Subscription Databases

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century library resources
Century Library Resources
  • Holdings: 60,000+ titles
  • Periodicals: 300+ current subscriptions
    • The library catalog includes electronic books, videos, pamphlets and other holdings, in addition to the books in the library collection
  • Subscription Databases
    • Century College subscribes to a wide variety of databases. Start from the library homepage, and click on “Databases from A-Z.” Examples include:
      • African American Studies Center - Articles, images, primary source materials
      • ARTstor - Images of art, architecture, and archeology
      • CQ Researcher - Reports on current events and issues
      • EBSCO - Academic , business, CINAHL, and MLA Bibliography, etc.
      • Gale Virtual Reference Library – Selected electronic reference books
      • Gale - Expanded Academic ASAP, Discovery Collection, etc.
      • JSTOR - Humanities and social sciences full-text articles
      • Lexis-Nexis - News, business and legal resources
      • ProQuest Newspapers
      • Reference USA - Business and residential database
      • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
  • Login – username is the barcode on the back of your Century ID, password is your last name
library card is your century college photo id
Library Card is Your Century College Photo ID
  • Use your library card to:
    • Check material out of the library
    • Log on to subscription databases from off campus
    • Request Inter-Library Loans (ILL)
  • Logging on to library resources:
    • Use the 14 digit number on the back of your student ID
    • Your last name is your password

If you do not have a Century College ID, or the above directions don’t work, call the library at (651) 747-4004.

classic mnpals library catalog
Classic MnPALS Library Catalog

The default is:

  • A Basic Search
  • Searching anywhere in the record
  • Searching Century College Library
  • Any of these options can be changed




catalog search options
A drop down menu under “Select search type” allows you to specify what part of the record you want to search

A drop down menu under “Library to Search" allows you to search parts of the Century Library Catalog, or all MnPALS Libraries

Catalog - Search Options
catalog advanced search
Catalog - Advanced Search
  • Allows you to set up a more complex search
  • And select Limits
catalog results list
Catalog - Results List
  • Results are sorted by date, most recent at the top of the list
  • Change the sort by clicking on the column headers
  • Click on a title to see the complete record
catalog electronic books
Catalog – Electronic Books
  • Select Advanced Search
  • Type Netlibrary into the first box
  • Type your search term(s) into the 2nd and/or 3rd boxes
Clicking on the electronic link in the book record takes you into NetLibrary

When you are off campus you will need to log-on.

Username: 14 digit number on the back of your Century ID

Password: your last name

Click “View this eBook” to get into the book

Move through the eBook:

by searching for terms

by paging through

or by selecting a chapter





loan periods
Loan Periods
  • Books - 3 weeks, one renewal
  • Periodicals & pamphlets - 1 week, one renewal
  • Circulating DVDs – one week, with one renewal
  • Reserves – varies, the loan period is set by the instructor who put it on reserve
  • Reserve Videos and DVDs - students may only use these in the library - can be checked out to faculty
  • Reference Books - in library use only
  • ILL - Set by the library that owns the material
renewals 1
Renew in person, or online

Online Renewal

Start from the Library Home Page http://www.century.edu/library

2. Click on “Patron Info”

3. Click on “Check Library Account”

Renewals -1




renewals 2
Enter 14 digit barcode number

Your password is your last name

Click “Logon”

Renewals - 2
renewals 3
Click the number next to “Loans”

Check boxes to select the item(s) you want to renew

Click “Renew Selected”

Renewals - 3
  • It is important to return things on time
  • Until fines are paid a hold will be placed on you record and you will not be able to register for classes, get your grades, or get a transcript
  • $1.00 per day for items on reserve and circulating DVDs
    • No grace period
  • $5.00 per item for other Century College materials after the 2nd notice is sent
    • This notice bills you for the cost of the item. After the item is returned that charge is removed, but a $5.00 per item fine remains
  • Fines on inter-library loans vary, and are determined by the lending library
interlibrary loans
Interlibrary Loans
  • Books and articles not owned by Century Library can be obtained from other libraries
    • They usually arrive within one week
    • Copies of articles are yours to keep
    • The library that owns the book determines the loan period and renewal policies
interlibrary loans requesting
Interlibrary Loans - Requesting
  • You can request materials in person, or online using the Library Catalog, the Patron Info button, Worldcat via FirstSearch, or MnLink
    • When a logon is requested, use the14-digit number on the back of your student ID card (numbers only)
    • Your password is your last name
    • Be sure you get a confirmation number. Until you have a confirmation number, the ILL request has not been successfully completed.
interlibrary loans articles
Interlibrary Loans - Articles
  • Articles often may be sent electronically
    • If the article can be sent electronically, an e-mail message is sent to your Century College student e-mail account with access instructions

Questions about ILL? Call 651-779-3260

databases are available both on and off campus
Databases are available both on and off campus
  • You need to logon for off-campus access
    • Username = the 14 digit barcode number from the back of your Century College ID (numbers only)
    • Password = your last name
database basics
Database Basics
  • All databases have unique features. For best results, spend a few minutes learning how the database works. Try to answer the following questions:
  • What is in the database?
  • How can I search it?
    • What is the default search method?
    • What are some other ways can I search it?
    • What parts of the record can be searched?
  • How do I work with the results?

Default Search Method

  • Every database has default search methods, usually one of the 5 listed below:
    • And Search
      • Finds records that have ALL OF YOUR KEYWORDS - in any location or order - in any searchable part of the record.
    • Or Search
      • Finds records with ANY OF YOUR KEYWORDS in any location in all searchable parts of the record.
    • Phrase Search
      • Finds only records with YOUR KEYWORDS IN THE EXACT ORDER in which you typed them.
    • Proximity Search
      • Finds records with YOUR KEYWORDS NEAR EACH OTHER, in any order.
    • Browse Search
      • Finds records starting with your first term, and displays an alphabetical list of results.
other ways of searching
Other Ways of Searching
  • Phrase searching
    • Use “quotes around the phrase” to find words in that exact order
  • Boolean searching – use to expand or limit
    • AND: Finds only records containing both terms
    • OR: Finds records containing either word
    • NOT: Finds records with first term, but not second term
  • Limits that you can select before searching
    • Full-text only
    • Scholarly journal articles only
    • Etc.
  • Expanders that you can select before searching
    • Search the full-text of the documents
    • Search for related words
    • Etc.
  • Truncation and Wild Cards
    • Special characters to substitute for one or more letters in your keywords
what parts of record can be searched
What Parts of Record can be Searched?
  • Full-text
    • This can often be selected as an option
  • Selected parts of the record
    • Options vary from database to database, and may include:
      • Title
      • Author
      • Abstract
      • Subjects
      • Etc.
search term tips
Search Term Tips
  • More Terms = fewer results
    • (except for OR searches)
  • Be creative! Think of other terms to describe what you are looking for
  • Use the subjects headings assigned by the database you are searching
working with results
Working with Results
  • Display & selection of records
    • Databases often include features that allow:
      • Saving
      • E-mailing
      • Printing
  • Locating and obtaining materials
    • Call numbers tell you where to look in the library
    • “Journal and Newspaper Titles” link can be used when locating an article from a citation
    • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can be used to get an item that is not available in Century College’s print or electronic collections
  • Not all articles are full-text. Choose this as a limit before you search if you only want articles you can print off immediately
  • Full-text article formats:
    • HTML
    • PDF
examples of databases
Examples of databases

Examples will be given for 4 databases

  • CQ Researcher
  • EBSCO Academic Search Premier
  • Infotrac Expanded Academic ASAP
  • Infotrac Gale Virtual Reference Library

Tutorials for these and other databases are available at http://libdata.century.edu/page.phtml?page_id=33

cq researcher what s included
CQ ResearcherWhat’s Included
  • Founded in 1923 as Editorial Research Reports, CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Reports are published weekly in print and online 44 times a year by CQ Press, a division of Congressional Quarterly Inc.
  • Each single-themed, 12,000-word report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist. The consistent, reader-friendly organization provides researchers with an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.
  • CQ Researcher received the American Bar Association's 2002 Silver Gavel Award for a nine-part series on liberty and justice issues, as well as the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Journalism Excellence in 1999 for a ten-part series on health care.
  • CQ Researcher Online offers access to CQ Researcher reports dating back to 1991. PDF files are available for reports from January 1996; color PDFs are available for reports published after January 2001.
  • As described in: http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/static.php?page=about
cq researcher searching
CQ ResearcherSearching
  • Defaults to a full-text search
  • You can also browse by subject, or change to an advanced search
cq researcher results
CQ ResearcherResults
  • The default sort is by relevancy
  • Click on the up arrow to get the newest results to the top
ebsco academic search premier what s included
Ebsco Academic Search PremierWhat’s Included
  • What is in the database?
    • The world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database containing
      • full-text for nearly 4,500 serials, including more than 3,700 peer-reviewed publications
      • In addition to the full-text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 8,200 journals in the collection
    • This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including:
      • computer sciences
      • chemistry
      • language and linguistics
      • arts & literature
      • medical sciences, and many more
ebsco academic search premier searching
Boolean/Phrase Search

This search mode can be changed to:

Find all my search terms

Find any of my search terms

SmartText Searching

Combine search terms by using the drop down Boolean terms (And, Or, Not) menus

Select parts of the record to search by using the “Select a field” drop down menus

Add any limiters or expanders desired before searching

Ebsco Academic Search PremierSearching
ebsco academic search premier results
Results are displayed in date order

Save to a folder to print later by clicking on “Add to Folder”

Or display an Article for printing by clicking the ”Full Text” link

Narrow results further by clicking on a subject

Click on a Title to display the full record

Or Click on “Full Text” to display whole article

Note: not all articles are full text, unless this limit has been selected

Articles can also be requested through ILL

Ebsco Academic Search PremierResults
gale expanded academic asap what s included
Gale Expanded Academic ASAPWhat’s Included
  • More than 3,500 indexed and full-text articles
  • Including 2,100 are peer-reviewed articles
  • All disciplines with more than 20 years of backfile coverage
  • Balanced coverage on a wide-range of topics including
    • Social sciences
    • Language and Literature
    • Humanities
    • Education
    • Science and technology, and more
gale expanded academic asap searching
The default search is:

An advanced search

A proximity search

Searching the title, citation, and abstract of the record

These defaults can be changed:

You can change the type of search to:

Home (basic search screen)

Browse Subjects

Browse Publications

Override the proximity search default by:

using quotes to create a phrase

using Boolean terms (And, Or, Not) between words and phrases

Select parts of the record to search by using the drop down menu

Add any limiters or expanders desired before searching

Gale Expanded Academic ASAPSearching
gale expanded academic asap results
Results are sorted by type: Academic Journals, Magazines, etc. Click other tabs for additional results

Results are displayed in date order

You can further refine results by searching within the results

Click on a Title to display the full record

Click on “Full-text” to display whole article

Note: not all articles are full text, unless this limit has been selected

Articles can also be requested through ILL

Gale Expanded Academic ASAPResults
gale virtual reference library what s included
Gale Virtual Reference LibraryWhat’s Included

A small selection of reference books on the following subjects:

  • Biography
  • Education
  • Environment
  • History
  • Literature
  • Medicine
  • Nation and World
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Social Science
gale virtual reference library searching
Gale Virtual Reference LibrarySearching
  • Advanced Search Mode
  • You can change to Basic, or Subject Guide
  • Use quotes around phrases
  • Combine with Boolean terms
gale virtual reference library results
Gale Virtual Reference LibraryResults
  • There is only one tab - Reference
  • Sorted by Relevance
  • You can change the sort to:
    • Document Title
    • Publication Date
    • Publication Title
  • You can search within the results
  • All articles are full-text
contact information
Contact Information
  • Library Website: http://www.century.edu/library/
  • Reference questions (651) 747-4004
  • Email: askalibrarian@century.edu