Global Campus Library

 

Welcome to your Troy University Library Services! We are offering you here a brief tour of these resources. The services, available to all students, faculty, and staff, are accessible through any Internet computer. The resources range from databases containing full-text journals, books, and other types of information, to instructions on how to use them, and how to ask for individual help. That last item may be the most important information of all: How to ask for help. Library Services users are encouraged to let the Library staff know when they need assistance. It will save quite a lot of time and stress.

A special Library Services Web site, http://trojan.troy.edu/globalcampus/library, is dedicated to the students and faculty of TROY Global Campus, which is made up of all sites, students, and faculty not located on one of the four Alabama Campuses, Troy, Dothan, Montgomery, and Phenix City. This Web site, in addition to providing access to the resources to which TROY subscribes, offers additional helps designed specifically for TROY Global Campus students.

Begin the tour by accessing that site: http://trojan.troy.edu/globalcampus/library. We’ll briefly hit some high spots, and then you can explore on your own. Please do so: There’s a lot to see.

On the main TROY Global Campus Library page, there are two menus, the small one in the column to the left and the one in the center of the page. You should visit the options on the left-hand menu, since all have good information, but we’ll point out a couple of items of particular interest.

If you click on Site Library Information, you’ll see some information about local libraries in your area. At Get Individual Help Now, you’ll find contact information for getting the assistance you need from your TROY librarians. That’s important information! Note that both of those pages have their information divided by the student location.

The menu in the center of the main page has LOTS of good material. The first item, Information and Help, contains a wealth of resources to explain how to do/use just about everything you need to survive the library portion of your studies. Among many other things, the page offers information on how to find your user ID and password; how to cite materials found in the online databases, using the three major citation styles; how to use certain library tools; how to do various library activities assigned by instructors; and how to find, understand, and use the library resources in a particular discipline.

The second item, Databases, may well be the core of your library needs. It has two parts. Before you click on Databases, you may want first to visit Help Me Choose, which is on the same line. This tells you which databases will probably be most helpful in a given study area—international relations, management, etc. Once you’ve visited that site, then go back and click on Databases, where you’ll find an alpha list of all the databases. Notice that those databases containing, or linking to, full text are highlighted in red.

On the Databases page, you can access more than 100 journal and book databases. A special search tool, linked at the top of the databases page, is named to Full Text Journal Search. This is a database that exists only to tell you if a journal you’re looking for is full text in any of the databases to which TROY subscribes, and if so, in which databases and what dates those databases cover.

Click here to see a sample image of journal article retrieved from a Library database.


The third item, Library Catalog, is most helpful for determining if the Troy Libraries subscribe to particular journals in paper, for interlibrary loan of those journal articles that are not full text in the TROY databases.

In the next section, Bibliographies and Course-Specific Guides, are listed books, found in the databases, that pertain to specific courses, as well as the Library Guide germane to that course of study.

Click here to see a sample image of book retrieved from a Library database.

The following section, Search Engines and WWW Links, divides Search Engines by type and provides lists of reliable and helpful Web sites by subject, as related to Troy University courses.

The section, Interlibrary Loan, is used for requesting materials unavailable in the databases. For those students within the Continental United States, this includes journal articles and books from the TROY libraries. For all others, this includes journal articles, since constraints of time and distance make lending books impractical.

The last section, Electronic Reserves, provides information pertaining to any electronic reserves that an instructor may have arranged for a particular class.

 

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Updated 3/7/11

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