Faculty Services

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Finding Books, DVDs, Videos (Normandale MnPALS)

  • Search Normandale's Library Catalog (MnPALS) to find books, DVDs, CDs, videos, and more.
  • Use your Normandale ID card to check out books and materials at the Circulation Desk.
  • You may check out up to 100 items total. Faculty and staff can check books out for 130 days and videos for 1 weeks.
  • Contact the Circulation Desk (952.358.8290) to reserve a video or DVD for your class.
  • Library materials can be renewed online by logging in to your library account using your StarID.
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Finding Journal, Magazine, and Newspaper Articles

  • We have access to over 10,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers. The majority of these are online through the library. We also have about 400 current subscriptions in print/microfilm/microfiche.
  • We have over 90 different library databases to search for articles from your office, your home computer, or any computer with Internet access. Click on Find Full Text to see if we have the articles electronically in another database, in print in the library, or you may request it through Interlibrary Loan.
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Linking to Database Content

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Accessing Article Databases from Off Campus

Only Normandale students, faculty, and staff can access the library's article databases and electronic reference resources from off campus. You will be prompted to enter your StarID and password when accessing these resources off campus.

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Course Reserves

  • Reserves can help to ensure that intensively used, required and recommended reading assignments for a class are available to all students in the class. Reserve materials can also be in audio, DVD, or video formats.
  • To place materials on reserve, simply bring them into the Circulation Desk and fill out a "Library Reserve Request" form.
  • Materials requested through interlibrary loan or obtained from another library cannot be put on reserve.
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Online Reserves

  • The Library subscribes to thousands of full-text electronic journals and these materials can be linked directly from your course Reserve list. Using online reserve as an alternative to print means that students do not have to compete for access to one or two copies of a printed item. Online reserves are available 24/7, from any web browser on or off campus. Links to full-text articles from library databases, e.g. JSTOR, Academic Search Premier, etc. can be created for Online Reserve access.

    To place online articles on reserve, submit an Online Reserves Request Form or contact Mayya Rabinovich.
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Copyright and Fair Use Information

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Getting Materials not available at Normandale

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Requesting Materials for the Library Collection

  • Requests for purchase may be submitted through your department library materials procedure.
    • To request a journal please contact Rosalie Bunge (x8296).
    • To request the purchase of a book, audio-visual material, or subscription-based electronic resource, please contact Rosalie Bunge (x8296). Allow at least 2 months for ordering and shipping. There may be additional time needed for cataloging and processing. If you have special requests, for example orders for course reserves, let Rosalie know at the time you make the purchase request.
    • To request a trial of an online resource, please contact Rosalie Bunge (x8296).
  • CHOICE Reviews Online is a great resource to use when developing the library collection in your discipline.
  • Booklist and Books in Print are also useful review tools.
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Periodical Routing

Current faculty and staff may have periodicals routed to their campus offices. For a complete description of this service, instructions on how to sign up, and a list of titles available, consult these links:

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Course-Integrated Library Instruction

  • Course-integrated library instruction will help your students learn effective research and critical evaluation strategies. We tailor each session to meet your students' needs and your assignment. Call or email Lacey Mamak (x8310) or submit the online form to set up a session.
  • A Research Guide web page will be created for your course identifying the article databases, print resources, and other resources students can use when completing assignments for your course.
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Research Tools

  • The Assignment Calculator gives students a 12-step process based on their research assignments and their due date and topic: steps include understanding the assignment, developing a topic, finding and evaluating books and articles, creating an outline, writing the first draft, and revising/rewriting.
  • Research Guides give students a head start to completing research. Each guide is tailored to a specific subject area or course. The guides include links to article databases, print resources, and important websites faculty want students to use when doing research for their course. (Note: Please contact Lacey Mamak (x8310) if you would like a guide created for your course or research area.)
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Current Awareness (Auto - Alerts and Tables of Contents)

  • Current Awareness refers to new features of many of our databases that allow you to sign up for free personalized services such as e-mail delivery of tables of contents, e-mailed subject searches and more. These features generally require you to create your own login and profile within each database or within a given journal.
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Research Assistance

  • Reference librarians are available to assist library users with research questions most hours the Library is open. The Reference Desk is located in the main room of the Library. You may also call (952) 358-8290 to talk with a reference librarian or send an email.
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Plagiarism Resources

  • This list of plagiarism resources collected by The Institute of Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership at SUNY-Albany includes examples, tutorials, and quizzes.
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