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Literary Resources

You should check with your instructor to see which citation style you are expected to use for your class assignments. On this page, you will find call numbers for the style manuals in the Library's reference collection, and links to related Internet resources.


APA (American Psychological Association) Style - used for social sciences 

Book available in the Library: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (Library location/call number: Reference 808.06615 P976 2010)

APA Style Workshop
From the Purdue University Online Writing Lab, this site includes information on general paper format, examples, and specific tips.

APA Tutorial (Univ. of Southern Miss.)
Test your APA knowledge with this interactive tutorial.

Basics of APA Style
Video tutorial from the APA Homepage. "It shows users how to structure and format their work, recommends ways to reduce bias in language, identifies how to avoid charges of plagiarism, shows how to cite references in text, and provides selected reference examples."

CBE/CSE Style - used for scientific writing

Book available in the Library: Scientific Style and Format: the CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 6th ed. (Library location/call number: Reference 808.0666 S416)

Writer's Handbook: CBE Documentation
A helpful guide from the University of Wisconsin

Citation Generators

The following are automatic citation generators. You should always check the accuracy of the citations generated by these sites before using them in your academic work.

This generator features an "auto fill mode" that searches the Internet to fill in your citation information for you.

This Web resource automatically generates MLA-style citations. APA format is also available for a small yearly fee.

Generates APA, MLA, and Chicago-style citations. From the Calvin College Library.

Landmark Citation Machine
Generates APA and MLA style citations for print and electronic resources.

NCSU Libraries Citation Builder
Similar to Easybib, but generates APA and MLA formats.

NoodleBib Express
Free version of NoodleBib that asks questions to help you generate the correct citation.

 MLA (Modern Language Association) Style - used for humanities

Book available in the Library: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. (Library location/call number: Reference 808.02 G437 2009)

MLA Overview and Workshop
A comprehensive guide from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab. Includes tips on handling quotations, footnotes and endnotes.

MLA tutorial (Univ. of Southern Miss.)
Test your MLA knowledge with this interactive tutorial.


Database FAQ

I can't login to the database I want to use from off-campus?

Some things to try:

  • Make sure you type in your complete 7-digit student ID number including the leading zeros. If you don't know your student ID number, you can retrieve it by logging in to Self-Service.
  • If you get a "problem with your record" message, please call the library at 740-753-6332. You may have a fine, an expired patron record, or you may not be entered in our database.

How do I get an article that isn't full text in the database I'm currently using?

There are several possibilities:

  1. When an article is not available in a particular library database, look for the "Find It" link associated with that article. When you click the "find it" link, you may find another database from which you can access the full text article. View a screen capture of the Find It/OLinks screen here.
  2. If #1 doesn't work, look to see if the Hocking College Library or another OhioLINK library subscribes to that magazine/journal in print (you can check this from the "find it" link). If our library has the issue you need, you can come to the library and make a photocopy. If another library has it, we can request a photocopy from them. Contact  Allison at nowaka@hocking.edu to request an article from another library. She will need (at minimum) the author's name, the title of the magazine/journal, the month/year of the issue, and the page numbers. Please include as much information as you can in the e-mail.
  3. If you're VERY lucky, the article may be freely-available on the Internet. Try putting the title of the article you're looking for in quotes (i.e. "nursing care of the elderly") in Google or whatever search engine you like to use.

I don't know where to start looking?

If you're not sure where to start, Academic Search Complete is a good choice. It's the most general database available through OhioLINK, and has articles related to every technology taught at Hocking.

You can also look at the database list related to your technology or topic, and read the descriptions of each one to see where you might have the best chance to find information.


How do I cite articles that I get from a library database?

From the Purdue OWL site:

  • MLA format (look for the bold heading "An Article From an Online Database").
  • APA format (look for the bold heading "Article From a Database").

I can't open any .PDF full-text articles?

You may need to download a .PDF reader such as Adobe Reader.


I'm having trouble printing .PDF articles from my Web browser?

Make sure to use the print button from within the browser screen, not the print command from the "file" menu of the browser.


Where can I get help finding articles?

I'm a nursing student and I need to find a nursing journal for my class?

The best database to use for nursing is CINAHL. You can find it in either the Health and Nursing database list or the full text list (from the "research databases" link from the library menu). Once you access CINAHL and before you do your search, make sure to check the box next to "full text" and select "nursing" from the Journal Subset option under the heading "Limit your results" (view screen capture).

Library FAQ

Can I bring food/drinks into the library?

Yes, we allow food and drink but we ask that you do not drink or eat around the computers. Drinks should preferably have a lid. Please be sure to clean up and throw any trash away.

Does the copier print double-sided copies?

No, unfortunately it does not.

Does the library have a cell phone policy?

We do not have a formal cell phone policy, however we strongly encourage you to put your phone on its vibrate setting when using the library. Please be respectful of other library users when making and receiving calls. We may ask you to take your conversation outside the library if you are disturbing other patrons.

Does the library have a fax machine?

Yes, and students can send faxes at the library. Cost is 10 cents per page for a local call, 50 cents per page for long distance calls and $1 per page for international calls.

To receive a fax, students are encouraged to use the fax machine at the Students Center. The Student Center's fax number is 740-753-6538.

Does the library have children's books?

Yes, the library has a free Little Lending Library for children's books. Parents, students, educators and faculty are welcome to give and take children's books as desired. Additional children's books can be checked out via OhioLINK or SearchOhio.

Does the library have group study rooms?

We have one group study room available. To reserve the room, stop by the library and ask for Allison or contact her at 740-753-6338 or nowaka@hocking.edu. You must have at least two people in your group to place a reservation, and the room can be reserved for up to three hours. The group study room can be used without a reservation, but groups with reservations get priority.

Does the library have quiet study space?

While all of the library should be relatively quiet, the quiet study room is designated for students who need silence to work. All students, staff and faculty who respect the whispers only policy of the quiet study room are welcome to use the space.

How do I know if the Library has my class textbook on reserve?

You can use the Course Reserves tab on the TechLINK to search by instructor, course name or course number. If you're in the library, you can also ask at the circulation desk.

How do I search for books, videos, etc. in the Library?

Use TechLINK to search for materials owned by Hocking College Library.

How long can I keep OhioLINK items?

For students:

Checkout for OhioLINK books is 3 weeks, with 6 renewals (maximum of 21 weeks). Renewals can be denied if a patron from the lending institution places a hold on the item.

Checkout for OhioLINK media is 7 days with 3 renewals. For more information about borrowing materials through OhioLINK, please click here.

For faculty:

Checkout for OhioLINK books is 6 weeks, with 6 renewals (maximum of 42 weeks). Renewals can be denied if a patron from the lending institution places a hold on the item.

Checkout for OhioLINK media is 7 days with 3 renewals. For more information about borrowing materials through OhioLINK, please click here.

How many items can I have checked out at one time?

You may have up to 15 items checked out.

How much does it cost to print/make copies?

Black and white printing is $.05 per page. Photocopying is $.10 per page. Color printing is $.25 per page. These are all subject to change.

I need to return a book, but the library isn't open. What should I do?

There is a "library book return" outside the entrance to Davidson Hall. We check the book return every morning when we open.

I'm having problems using the library's databases?

See the Database FAQ.

I've ordered an item from OhioLINK. When will it be here?

OhioLINK delivery generally takes 3-5 business days. Delivery time is largely dependent on the distance of the lending library from Hocking College. You can check the status of your delivery by logging onto your patron record.

Your item will progress through three stages. Requested means your order is being processed. Within 2 days, your item should be in transit, which means it's on a truck and on its way here. When the library receives the item and it's ready for pickup, your item will show ohiolink rcvd (received).

The library requires a student ID for checkout. Where do I get one?

Student IDs are made in the concourse on the 1st Floor of the John Light (JL) Building. You will need to bring a photo ID and a copy of your class schedule.

What are the Library's typical hours?

These hours are typical fall and spring semester hours. To see current hours (such as for summer semester or other atypical circumstances), refer to the library's homepage.

Monday - Thursday:
7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday:
Noon - 5 p.m.

What goes in the recycling bin?

White/color paper, newspaper, aluminum/steel cans, cardboard, and plastic bottles (#1 and #2). Any other waste should go in the trash cans.

What is OhioLINK? How do I use it?

OhioLINK is a statewide consortium of (mostly) academic libraries that share resources among member institutions. You can search for materials available at other OhioLINK member libraries by using the OhioLINK catalog.

OhioLINK also provides several online databases from which you can access free magazine and journal articles and electronic books.

To order items from OhioLINK or use OhioLINK databases from off-campus, you need to be a currently registered student or current faculty/staff. You will also need your Hocking College ID number. If you don't know your ID number, you can get it by logging into Self-Service.

Where are the restrooms located?

Restrooms are available in the hallway outside of the library.

Where do I pick up pages that I've printed out?

You can pick up your own printing at the printer. The printer is located at the front of the library. You will need your Hocking ID to queue your print job. Refer to the blue signs for help, or ask the circulation deks.

Which items from the library can I check out?

Books in the stacks (general collection) can be checked out at the circulation desk. You will need to present a Hocking College ID card or photo ID(such as a driver's license).

Media (VHS/DVD/CD) and reference books can only be checked out by faculty/staff.

Textbooks/closed reserve materials and magazines are not available for checkout. For more detailed information about borrowing materials, please visit our policies page.

Will the library let me know when my OhioLINK item arrives?

Yes, we send circulation notices by e-mail. Your default e-mail address is (usually) your Hocking College e-mail. If you'd like to receive library e-mail at another address (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.), log in to your patron record and click the "modify personal info." button.

I need to renew a book. How do I do that?

The easiest way to renew your books is by accessing your patron record. You can also visit the library to renew items (ask at the circulation desk), or call us at  740.753.6333.

Can you proctor my exam?

No, but you may be able to have an exam proctored in the Testing Center (DVD 108). Contact Roger Barrows for help. Contact Roger by email at barrowsr@hocking.edu or by phone at 740-753-7195.

Where is the lost and found?

Our lost and found is located behind the circulation desk. Unclaimed valuables (keys, etc.) are turned in to Campus Safety.

Does the library have tax forms?

No, but you can download forms from the IRS, or visit your local post office or public library.

Does the library have any tutorial videos?

Yes we do. When you reach google docs, click the "download" link and view with quicktime for best results.

CINAHL tutorial: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwcvvH8s0IxYMDliOTA5M2UtOTQ2MC00MjYzLWEwZTEtNGMyNDJhYTVkNjlj

Academic Search Complete tutorial: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwcvvH8s0IxYMTQwYzg0NTUtZjZjNy00MjhhLTk4ZGUtYzM1ZjE4OTkyOWJk

How do I log into the Library's computers?

The login is the first part of your Hocking email (e.g. doej, for Jane Doe), and the password is your Hocking password.

Periodical FAQ

Can I check magazines out of the library?

Current issues are for library use only. There is a photocopier available if you'd like to make copies of articles, or you may be able to find the same article online through the OhioLINK databases. Back issues can be signed out for up to a week for patrons with a library account.

How are magazines arranged?

Our current subscriptions are arranged alphabetically by title. The current issue should be on the shelf. If you lift up the shelf, we keep 1-3 years of back issues in addition to the current issue (varies by magazine/journal). Some back issues of paper copies are kept at the end of the magazine shelving (if we no longer receive that particular title or if additional storage space is needed).

We also keep older magazines and journals in bound volumes. Bound volumes are kept behind the circulation desk (although a few can be found in the stacks).

How do I use the bound magazine/journal volumes that are behind the circulation desk?

Go to the circulation desk and ask for the magazine/journal title and year (or volume number) that you need. Bound volumes must stay in the library (except those that are shelved in the library stacks).

What if I need a magazine or journal that the library doesn't own?

You can find many additional magazine and journal titles in the library's online databases. If you'd like to see if a specific title is available online (in a library database), use the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Finder.

If a title isn't freely available online, there's a good chance that we can order a photocopy from another OhioLINK library. You'll need to print or copy the publication information, including the author, article title, magazine/journal title, volume/issue, year, and page numbers. Please see Allison to order an article or nowaka@hocking.edu.

I need help using the online databases?

Please choose the Database FAQ tab at the top of this page.

What's the difference between a magazine and a journal?

Magazines are aimed at a more general audience. Magazines usually have several advertisements, short to medium-length articles, and are published weekly or monthly. Examples of magazines are Newsweek, Ebony, and Martha Stewart Living.

Journals are aimed at a scholarly audience (usually professionals/faculty in the same field). Journals have little to no advertising, longer in-depth articles with bibliographies/references, and are usually published bi-monthly or quarterly. Examples of journals are Journal of Wildlife Management, Holistic Nursing Practice, and Criminology.

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