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The Great Conversation: Using Jenks

NOBLE Catalog

Searching the NOBLE Catalog

Watch this video to learn how to search the NOBLE Catalog to find print books and other material at Jenks Library.

The Stacks

Understanding Call Numbers

ANATOMY OF A LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CALL NUMBER
Book title: Welcoming justice : God's movement toward beloved community
Author: Charles Marsh & John M. Perkins
Call Number: BR 115 .J8 M38 2009

The first two lines describe the subject of the book.
BR 115 = Christianity in relation to special subjects

The third line often represents the author's last name.
M = Marsh

The last line represents the date of publication.

TIPS FOR FINDING BOOKS ON THE SHELF

Read call numbers line by line.

BR
Read the first line in alphabetical order:
A, B, BF, BR, BS, BX, C, D... 

115
Read the second line as a whole number:
1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 115, 1000, 2000, 2430...

.M38
The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, eg:
.M38 = .38 .M724 = .724

Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.

2009
The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order:
2005, 2009, 2012...

Searching Library Databases

Watch this video for instructions on how to find and search library databases. The database featured in this video is Academic Search Complete.

Library Databases

DATABASE A-Z LIST
Jenks has over 100 different library databases available. Many of these databases contain full-text access to scholarly journal articles. Check out the full A-Z Database list. Filter this list by subject area to see the top databases in your field of study!

Below is a list of some of the most popular databases Jenks has available. 

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY DATABASES
A multi-disciplinary database covers a wide range of subject areas. Begin your research with one of these so you can explore your topic from multiple perspectives. 

SUBJECT DATABASES
Subject databases focus searches around a particular subject area. Any keywords you enter in the search will atomically be scoped to that subject. Most frequently used subject databases include: 

Tips for Searching in Library Databases

WHAT CAN I FIND IN A LIBRARY DATABASE?
Library databases are best used for searching for peer-reviewed journal articles. A great database to begin searching is Academic Search Complete. 

KEYWORDS
The building block of a library database search is keywords. Keywords are central ideas or terms within your research question or problem. For example, if we were exploring the topic: are "integrated" schools in urban public school systems offering the same opportunity for all students, whites, blacks, Latinos, etc.?, we might extract the following keywords: integrated schools, urban, public-school, diversity.

BOOLEAN SEARCH OPERATORS
Once you have your keywords identified (2-3 is a good place to begin), you then need to connect them together in a way the database understands how to search. This is done using the Boolean search operators AND, OR, and NOT. Connecting keywords using these search operators creates a search string. For example: integrated school AND AND urban OR city AND diversity.

  • AND - narrow search, used to combine terms together and focus search results
  • OR - broad search, used to includes results that contain similar or like words, such as synonyms
  • NOT - narrow search by exclusion, used to exclude results containing a particular keyword


ENTER KEYWORDS IN DATABASE SEARCH BOXES

Enter each keyword onto its own search line. If you have an OR string, include the entire string in one search box. 

Journals

Jenks Library has many journals available in print and online. Browse journals in print in the 4th Floor Periodicals section or online using BrowZine. Looking for a specific journal - search using Journal Finder

Search Journal Finder

What do you do when you see a citation in an article and you want to try to find that article for your own research? Watch this video to learn how to find academic journals or magazines available in print and online at Jenks Library.

Accessing Articles from the Web

Watch this short video for how to get access to articles you find from a web search like Google Scholar. Remember, never pay for content, the library can get it for you!

BrowZine App

Download the BrowZine App!

  1. Download BrowZine by simply going to the app store for your device and search for "browzine".  It's a free download.
  2. Next, select "Gordon College - Jenks Library" from the library list. 
  3. You will be prompted to log in with your Gordon ID barcode (14-digit number on the back of your Gordon ID card) and your password. This is the same password you use for logging into Blackboard, Gordon Mail, etc.
Available on the app store     Android App on Google Play Available at Amazon App Store for Google Android
 All iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches with iOS v7.x+ Android Tablets and Smartphones with OS v4.1+  Kindle Fire HD Tablets

Beyond Jenks

INTERLIBRARY LOAN
Need to look beyond Jenks for books or articles? Use our Interlibrary Loan service to request materials from outside Massachusetts.