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Materials that are not available in the Mount Aloysius College Library collection can easily be requested from another library.
You should use inter-library loan to request books that are not available in MountLink.
Copies of periodical articles that are not available in the Mount Aloysius College Library may also be ordered through ILL. Check Journal Finder on the Library Databases page before submitting your request.
Please supply your college email address when filling out the form as this is how you will be notified that your materials have arrived. Items may be picked up at the Library Circulation Desk.
Interlibrary Loan Form
The Mount Aloysius College Library provides interlibrary loan access to the holdings of other libraries nationwide through a vast electronic network. This service is available to Mount Aloysius students, faculty and staff only. Although there is no charge for this service, costs levied by supplying libraries will be passed on to the person requesting an item. Every effort is made to obtain items from libraries that do not charge.
Most interlibrary loan requests are filled within a week to ten days although in individual cases the time could be longer. Plan ahead and place requests as soon as possible.
Interlibrary loan requests can be submitted either electronically or in hard copy. Request forms are available in the Library at both the Circulation and the Reference Desks and can be returned at each of these service points. Whichever format you use, it is a good idea to retain copies for your own records.
NOTE: Mount Aloysius College Library does not borrow or purchase dissertations for library patrons. Please use Dissertation Express in order to purchase a copy of a dissertation.
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How to Cite
|If you have questions about the proper citation of any source types, consult with an appropriate style manual. The manuals listed below are available at the Reference Desk:|
|•||Chicago Manual of Style: 16th Edition|
|•||A Manual for Writer of Research Paper, theses, and Dissertations: Chicato Style for Students and Researchers: 7th Edition (Turabian)|
|•||MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers: 7th Edition|
|•||Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: 6th Edition.|
We have Research Guides available on the following subjects
1. Brainstorm possible topic ideas
- Consider your personal interests.
- Engage in conversations in class or with classmates.
- Read articles in encyclopedias or dictionaries and review class readings.
- Browse recent issues of journals or magazines from the Current Periodicals shelves, located to the left of the Circulation Desk when you enter the Library.
- Browse the shelves for books on your subject (see the Library of Congress Classification System listing to know where to look).
2. Review assignment requirements
- What kind of assignment is it – 5 minute oral presentation, 10 page paper, 50 page paper?
- How much information do you need?
- Does it need to be recent information?
- What types of publications do you want to read – newspaper articles, books, journal articles, diaries, trade publications?
- What formats do you need – visual, audio, printed, electronic?
- Is point of view an issue? Do you need opinions?
- How much time do you have?
3. List keyword to define your topic
- State your research topic as a question.
- Think about the significant terms, concepts, and keywords that describe your topic. These terms will become the key for searching for information about your subject in library catalogs, online databases, and other resources.
- Sample keywords for research topic “How did New Deal programs influence the arts in America?”:
- New Deal
- United States
- Federal Aid to the Arts
4. Gather background information on your topic
It’s hard to get started if you don’t know much about your topic. Do some general reading in things like encyclopedias and subject-specific dictionaries to get an overview of the topic. This is also a great first step towards refining your topic.
This guide has been adapted, with permission, for Mount Aloysius College from the Duke University Libraries “Choosing a Topic.”