Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Students with off-campus database problems

If a students contacts you that he/she cannot log in to the databases from off-campus, please provide the following response:

I can give you a temporary password to use today. It will allow you to access the databases until 2am. However, you should make sure that your G# and password are working to log in to Lion's Den. If you can log in to Lion's Den but not the library databases, you should contact the MIS helpdesk, or 908-526-1200 ext. 4357 and let them know about the problem. Unfortunately the library has no control over password issues.

If you are unable to log in to Lion's Den, you will probably need to go to the MIS helpdesk in person with your college ID card to have your password reset.

For today, you can use the temporary log in below:
Username: ezproxyguest
password from the daily email in reference inbox

Make sure you are giving students the password from the EZPROXYGUEST email, not the libguest or libclass email.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Enhancements to Ebsco Interface

Ebsco will be releasing interface enhancements in the next few weeks. The most significant changes, in my opinion, are to the results page display, and they look like good changes.

The limiters on the results page will be consolidated to the left side of the screen, instead of having "Academic Journals" on one side and "Scholarly Journals" on the other, the way it is now (gee, that makes sense!). They've also pulled the Subject terms back out. Recently they've been hidden away in a drop down menu, but there will be a list of subjects visible and the option to check off multiple subjects, instead of just clicking one.

You can get a glimpse of the new results screen here.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Computer Skills Placement Assessment Resources

A student was looking for a study guide for the Computer Skills Placement Assessment. While I haven't found a simple study guide or cheat sheet yet, there is some information on the test's vendor website that might be helpful to students looking to know what topics are covered by the test. In particular: - Objectives for Word Processing - Excel Spreadsheet Objectives - Objectives for Databases - Presentations objectives

Our testing center is still using Microsoft Office 2003 for this test, as far as know.

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