Library Session for New Graduate Students of English

Francesca Giannetti

26 August 2020

Poll 1: Library Services

When it comes to accessing Rutgers University Libraries’ resources and services, my greatest interest(s) is/are…

(Zoom poll)

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  • Alexander Library houses most of our humanities and social science collections, and it is probable that your print resources will be located here. Douglass Library holds the media collection, as well as materials on women’s and gender studies, music, and cinema studies.
  • In your field, you will find that many current and past issues of scholarly journals, as well as reference manuals and books are available in electronic format.

Libraries’ Website

Use QuickSearch (discovery tool on RUL home page) to find resources in all formats

Search specialized databases when QuickSearch results are messy or incomplete. Nota bene: MLA International Bibliography is NOT indexed by QuickSearch!

Use Interlibrary Loan to request print vols from other RUL locations, and PDFs of articles, book chapters, and print books from other academic libraries.

More on Interlibrary Loan

  • Use E-ZBorrow (local consortium that includes NYU, Penn, PSU, etc.) to request books and media that are not available in RUL.
  • Search UBorrow for books available from Big Ten partner libraries such as the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan.
  • Interlibrary loan is our last-ditch option for requesting physical media, but unlike the other two options, it is additionally possible to request scans of articles and book chapters via ILL.

Special Collections and University Archives

  • Our special collections tend to focus on New Jersey history and include personal papers, graphical material, manuscripts, published resources, and ephemera. Materials in the rare book collection can mostly be found in QuickSearch and adhere to no particular collection development policy. At Smith Library in Newark, we also have substantial collections in the history of medicine.

Research During a Pandemic

Click and Collect

A little or no-contact method for retrieving requested materials at a specified library location

All Rutgers students, faculty, and staff are eligible

Click and Collect 2

Three steps:

Find your item in QuickSearch

Select your pickup location

When it’s ready, we’ll email you with instructions for booking a pickup time

Click and Collect Video

Link to video

Personal Delivery

An alternative for users not able to retrieve their materials on campus

All Rutgers students, faculty, and staff are eligible

Steps are similar to Click and Collect. Select “Home Address” under Personal Delivery and we will email you to confirm your shipping address.

Personal Delivery Video

Link to video

Returning Materials

  • Users can return materials on campus, but hours or locations might be restricted. Check for further details.
  • Users can return materials by mail to the following address: Rutgers University Libraries \ Technical Services Building – PR \ 47 Davidson Road \ Piscataway, NJ 08854
  • In early September, further information about renewals and prepaid shipping options will be sent out to users with active requests.

About Me

I can help you to get stuff (ebooks, streaming video) for your research and teaching. I can also help to get up and running with your digital project idea and consult with you on tools and standards for humanities data.

Francesca Giannetti, Digital Humanities Librarian
Liaison to Classics, Comparative Literature, French, and Italian
Interim liaison to English
Alexander Library

Poll 2: Love your librarian

What is the best way to show your appreciation of your librarian(s)?

(Zoom poll)

Poll 3: Citation Management

Would you be interested in a brief demo and discussion of Zotero, a free and open source citation manager? N/y

(Zoom poll)

Optional Coda on Citation Management


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