Hello. My name is Susan and I’m the History subject specialist at the MacOdrum Library. Throughout the Spring term, I’ll be providing you with research support for HIST 3301A taught by Professor Dominique Marshall.
I have prepared 2 short videos to help you begin your research. The purpose of this first video is to introduce you to some of the library services and get you started with finding and requesting material via the Curbside pickup, using Omni and the Hathi Trust database, and using Ares for finding Course Reserves, or RACER for material not held at Carleton.
To begin let’s start with the library’s homepage seen here at lirary.carleton.ca.
During COVID 19 restrictions, the library has made several changes for accessing some of the physical items from the library’s collection. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the step by step instructions.
Also, remember to sign in to your library account using your MyCarletonOne credentials before searching for material on Omni. The login button is located at the top right of the library’s homepage.
To use the Curbside Pick-up and Mail Delivery service for some of our print items, fill out a form on our website after searching for material in Omni. Contactless, curbside pickup of print items is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, in the Dunton Tower Parking lot.
You can also request a Scan of part of a book. At present, 1 chapter or 10% of a book may be scanned and a PDF will be sent to your Carleton email address.
If the library doesn’t have what you need, it can be requested from other libraries, from around the world. To request items, you must first create or login to your RACER account. RACER is the system used to request items from other libraries and will be useful throughout your academic career, so it’s best to create an account as soon as possible.
While searching the library’s collection using Omni, you’ll notice that many of our books have the Full text available via the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access database. Since our physical collection is closed to our users, this database provides digital access to 500,000 items from our collection that are still in copyright, in addition to 6.7 million items in the public domain.
Here is an example of a book from Omni, Fire in the Minds of Men: origins of the revolutionary faith. This item is not available for the Curbside Pickup or Mail delivery service as mentioned earlier but is available from Hathi Trust.
To begin your search for material on Quebec history, use the Omni main search box located in the center of the web page.
Below this box is the Off campus login which is really important because it gives our students access to all our licensed resources, so remember to login using your MyCarletonOne credentials before you begin searching.
Beside the Off campus login are quick links to the Advanced Search option in Omni, our Databases, our Journals, and the Omni Help pages.
Some of our other services are located under Research Support.
The Subject Guides cover all the main areas of research and teaching at Carleton and provide links to many important resources. They are arranged alphabetically. There is a general one for History but several others for more specific areas of research such as Canadian History, which is one that you might find useful.
Course Guides will also help you with the research process. The next time you are logged into Brightspace, you will notice that your professor has linked to the library course guide for easy access to me, especially if you wish to Schedule a Research Consultation.
The Research Help link connects you to all the ways you can contact us, (via CHAT or texting) along with many self-serve Help such as how-to guides, library help videos, below her is a list of our Research Support Services staff and their areas of responsibility.
The Citation Guides provide information on all the main citation styles used at Carleton to reference your essays. The Chicago style is the one used by History students.
Library Reserves are accessed via Ares, the electronic course reserves database where you may find some of your course readings. Login using your MyCarletonOne account.
At the bottom of the library’s web page is the Library News with some Quick Links in the bottom right to popular services such as Ares and Racer that have already been mentioned. The Ask a Librarian pop up tool is for chatting or texting with us.
This is the end of Video 1. Please watch the next video to learn ‘how to search’ for sources.
Thanks for listening.