Reference

Ask a librarian - Books and other materials - Other resources - Instruction services


Ask a librarian

In order to meet the needs of all students, whether off-campus, on, graduate, or undergraduate, as of Spring 2003 we are answering questions via an email from. Email questions to a reference librarian regarding research techniques, resources, or other information needs. You may also still call 417-865-2815 ext. 7268 or come into the library during regular hours.


How to find books and other materials

Where are materials located?

How do I search the catalog?
Depending on what you know about a resource or topic you may search the catalog in a variety of ways, including:

  • Keyword Relevance - like an Internet search, so usually not very exact, but can be a starting place
  • Title Keyword - good if you know a title or think you know some of the words in a title
  • Author Browse - useful if want works by a given author. Type "Last name, First initial"
  • Builder Search - when you know parts of a title, author, publisher, type of material, etc. this advanced search can search multiple keywords
  • Subject Browse - ***best for browsing because it helps you find all the books on a given topic***

What if something is already checked out?
If an item you need is currently checked out, please make a recall request via the online catalog or contact the library circulation desk or 865-2815. (See holds)

What if I can't find what I need?
Please ask for assistance if you are not finding what you need, either in person or via Ask a librarian. If we do not have what you are looking for we can help you find something at another library or help you order materials through interlibrary loan.

How to find articles
The library subscribes to over 800 journals and also has access to online journals through the EBSCOHost, ProQuest, and PsycARTICLES.

How do I find articles on my topic?
Rather than randomly looking through journals hoping to find something relevant to your topic you can use a resource known as a Periodical Index or Abstract. Depending on your topic you may choose to use an online version (aka a database) or one of a variety of print resources found in the Reference room:

  • Art Index
  • Business Periodicals Index
  • Communication Abstracts
  • General Science Index
  • Humanities Index
  • Sociological Abstracts, etc.

Where are the periodicals/journals/newspapers/magazines?
Regardless of what you label them, all serials, whether periodicals, journals, newspapers, or magazines are mainly located in the Reference area of the Klaude Kendrick Library; a few are on the library's south balcony, and in the IRC.

How are the periodicals organized?
In the Reference room periodicals are shelved alphabetically and found in three formats:

  • Most new issues are on the open shelving along the west wall of the Reference room
  • Older bound volumes are in the northwest corner of the Reference room. Sign Reads "Bound Periodicals"
  • Older & nearly current volumes are found on microfilm in the front cabinets also in the Reference room

How do I copy articles?
Although periodicals may not leave the library there are two photocopiers available in the reference room, as well as a microfilm reader/copier. Whether for print or microfilm, copies are 10 cents per page and change is available at the Circulation Desk.


Other resources

Research & Internet resources

Check the Library's subject directory for pertinent and scholarly internet sites on your research topic.

Check the list of Information Resource Guides available to download.

Vertical file
An oftentimes-unknown wealth of information is available in the vertical file cabinets located near the microfilm cabinets at the front of the reference room. This vertical file includes pamphlets, maps, travel literature, some government documents, and other selected clippings on many topics of current interest. These items do not circulate outside the reference room, yet copies can be made.

Newspapers
The library subscribes to eight national and local newspapers. Current newspapers are kept on "reading sticks" in the Reference area. For issues from the previous two weeks ask at the Circulation Desk and for previous years of the New York Times check the microfilm cabinets behind the microfilm reader.

Music CDs, LPs, & Scores
The Music Listening Lab houses all of Evangel's music scores, CDs, and LPs. Also recordings of past music Evangel concerts - choir, band, orchestra - are available. To find what is available go to the Music Listening Lab.

If you want a score or recording as opposed to a book on a composer or composition it is best to use the "Builder Search."
Example: Finding a recording of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony:

  • Go to Builder Search
  • In first box type "tchaikovsky" - "all of these" - "author name"
  • Select "AND" then
  • In second box type "recording" - "all of these" - "keyword anywhere"
  • Select "AND" then
  • In third box type "symphony no. 4" - "as a phrase" - "keyword anywhere"

(These are basic instructions and can be modified. I.e. leave out steps 5 & 6 for all recordings by Tchaikovsky, or replace step 4 with "score." If you are not finding what you need ask someone, expand your search, or try a different spelling or keyword.)

Educational & curriculum materials
The Instructional Resource Center, IRC, in Academic Building #204 is mainly for education majors preparing classroom presentations. However the IRC may also be useful to those teaching Sunday school, wanting tapes of chapel services, needing to learn PowerPoint, scanning, laminating, and much more. Instructional videos and media equipment are also available in the IRC.


Instruction services

Library research clinics are short sessions taught by a librarian to help students learn how to do general and specific research on any subject. These are available on a sign-up basis. Instructors may also contact the reference department at any time to arrange an instruction session that could either be in your classroom or in the library itself.

Research Process
Research is a process and those that do it well start early in order to really explore a topic and then sufficiently focus to an area of interest. Carol Kuhlthau's Information Search Process is an empirically tested model demonstrating the way successful research is accomplished. Information gathering occurs at two main points during the research process and the library is here to be your research advisor.

A reference librarian enjoys showing people library resources and how to use them.
Please, ask us any kind of question at any time, as we are here to serve you.
Reference Desk