LIBRARY WELCOME LETTER

 

 Dear Online Student:

We would like to welcome you to the Bellevue University Library.  We recognize that it is harder for you as an online student to access information so we have designed a package of services with this in mind.

Perhaps the greatest access service that we provide you is a highly-motivated, well-trained staff dedicated to meeting your information need with the highest level of service possible.  That staff includes five librarians with Masters in Library Science degrees.  Working in conjunction with your professor we pledge to help you successfully negotiate the ever-increasing amounts of information.

In addition to our excellent staff, we have made available to you, as a currently enrolled Bellevue University student, a package of services to facilitate your online study and interaction with the library. To access our Library Home page go to http://www.bellevue.edu/resources/library.asp

You will find most of the information you need on this site.  If you have any questions or need assistance of any kind, do not hesitate to contact us.

When accessing any library resources from off campus, all users must log into the B.R.U.I.N. proxy server first.

How to access B.R.U.I.N. from home:  

From the library web page scroll down to the list of Internet Subscription databases.   

Below this list you will find a link:

* - To access these databases from off campus - click here for connection to B.R.U.I.N. Please have your access ID and password ready.    

Your access ID is your seven-digit student number. The first time you log into B.R.U.I.N. your password will be your birth date (mmddyyyy).

Please note:  B.R.U.I.N is down from 2-4 am CST every morning for a system back up.  If you have any problems with access please use the link from the main B.R.U.I.N screen.

Once you are in B.R.U.I.N you will find a row of blue icons across the top of the screen, click on the third one from the right, “Library” to access the Library Subscription Databases.  This link will allow you access to all of the online library databases, including our Electronic Reference Services.

The library online catalog (iLink) is available to all users.  This is a listing of all books and materials available from the Bellevue University library.  Books can be sent to you in the mail for a $1.00 delivery fee. 

BUILD IT: This online tutorial uses a building theme to introduce students to all the services and resources available from the University library, as well as guiding them through the research process.  It is made up of five modules, each focusing on a different aspect of research, and includes interactive quizzes and database searching.

The Virtual Reference Librarian VRL Plus allows you to converse directly online with a Librarian any hour we are open. This service allows real-time interaction with real-time responses.

Our Electronic Reserve System (Eres) allows students to access required reading materials placed on reserve by specific professors.

Periodicals Holdings List A-Z:  This comprehensive list of the library’s electronic and print titles provide a simple way to find information from among all of the databases and journals Bellevue University has access to.

NoodleBib:  Web application that allows you to create and edit MLS and APA style source lists (i.e. MLA Works Cited Lists, APA Reference Lists, etc.)

Turnitin.com: Recognized worldwide as the standard in online plagiarism prevention. You must have a class ID number and class enrollment password from you instructor. It instantly identifies papers containing unoriginal material.

Internet Based Tutorials:  Alcohol and Drug Awareness, Computer Use Policies, Copyright Law for Educators, Expectations Over the Course of a Lawsuit, FERPA(Family Education Right to Privacy), Interviewing Skills, Sexual Harassment, Videoconferencing Success Strategies. 

Databases available:
AICPA: Provides online access to essential AICPA accounting and auditing resources.
Ancestry Library: “Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more.”
Books in Print:  Listing of all books currently available in print, some with reviews.  Videos are also available within this database.
Buckmaster Annual Stockholder Reports:  Online company reports of the top 500 corporations. It is based on the Fortune 500.
Chronicle of Higher Education: online access to “Chronicle of Higher Education” from January 6, 1995.
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO):  This database contains full text publications on policy and current affairs on international topics.
The Cochrane Library: Includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more.
The Conference Board:  A business database offering research, global outlook reports, and analyses of trends.
CQ Researcher:  A source for in-depth, analytical reporting on the most current and controversial issues of the day.
Credo Reference (Formerly Xrefer) - This database gives access to a variety of reference sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and books of quotations.
Ebrary Business and Economic Book Collection: Provides access to books on business, management, economic history and theory, global business and economic development and business practice.
EBSCOhost – Provides access to publications on a broad range of topics from business to health, many are in full text. The databases include Academic Search Premier, Business Source Complete, PsycARTICLES, and International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center. Academic Search Premier covers the areas of social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, and many more. Business Source Complete covers nearly every area of business including management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, SWOT analysis, and more.  PsycARTICLES covers general psychology and specialized, basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research. International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Counter covers information on security and counter-terrorism.
eLibray:  A wide variety of publications, many in full text.
Encyclopedia Britannica:  Full text encyclopedic entries online.
ERIC:  A database from the Educational Resources Information Center. It is the premier database of journal and non-journal education literature.
Factiva: Provides company information as well as industrial ratios.
Facts on File:  Selected news articles in full text.
Faulkner’s Advisory for IT Studies (FAITS):  Provides full-text access to over 1,000 reports about technology and technology companies.
First Search:  An online system providing access to over 60 databases and indexes. Items are not full text; however, it will give you citations on your topic and which library holds the items. Items not available through the Bellevue University Library may be obtained through interlibrary loan.
Gale Virtual Reference Library: A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
GovSearch: An online resource for locating information on government people, programs, and places which includes federal, state, municipal and county.
Grant Select:  An online resource for locating information for grants and funding.
HeritageQuest Online:  A collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture.
Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL):
Provides access to the latest on homeland security policy and strategy related documents. Most of the documents are from 2002 or later.
Human Resources Library:  Provides access to the latest information on statues and regulations in the field of human resources and employee relations; updated monthly.
HW Wilson OmniFile and Biographies Plus:  Full text bios and articles.
Issues and Controversies
:  Presents opposing viewpoints on over 250 current topics.
Kiplinger Business Forecasts:  Information on management and business issues.
Lexis-Nexis:  Provides access to a wide range of news, business, legal and reference information
Library of Congress Classification Web:  This database, created by the Library of Congress, allows you to browse, access and search all of the Library of Congress Classification Schedules and Subject headings on the web.
Lois Law:  Provides access for legal research.
Medline Plus: This database searches health information for the consumer or professional from the National Library of Medicine.
NetLibrary:  Premier provider of electronic books.  You will need to set up an account to use this service.  Click on the create account link from the top menu bar.  Fill out all areas designated by red type.
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: This database provides essays and articles on different views of current issues.
Oxford Reference Online:  This database contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.
ProQuest Direct:  One of the world's largest collection of online magazines and journals, many in full text and full image formats. Databases includes ABI/Inform Global, Trade & Industry, and Dateline, Accounting & Tax, Criminal Justice Periodicals,  Career and Technical Education,  Ethnic Newswatch, Gender Watch, Hoover’s Company Records, National Newspaper Abstracts, ProQuest Newspapers, ProQuest Asian Business and References, ProQuest European Business, ProQuest Health Management, ProQuest Social Science Journals, Psychology, Education, Computing, Research Library, and Wall Street Journal.
RIA Checkpoint:  This database provides information and tools for tax research and preparation including tax laws and regulations, tax court decisions and commentary, and tax periodicals.
Security Management Practices: Provides valuable resources for the security executive.
Springer Business Book Collection: Provides full text journals and books published by Springer.
Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage: A financial information resource with access to S & P Industry Surveys.
Ulrich’s Periodical Directory:  This is a bibliographic database providing detailed, comprehensive, and authoritative information on serials published throughout the world.
WorldCat.org Search Box: Allows you to quickly search for an item in a library near you.

To give you ideas and appropriate resources for your area of study, the Library pathfinder and guides link on the web page provides you with a list of resources to the library’s print and electronic resources in a diverse selection of subjects. This link also contains guides on how to use our online resources.

More Than Books - By clicking on the latest issue link, you will have full-text access to the Bellevue University Library newsletter, which contains valuable and interesting articles on internet sites, online services, and tips for doing research.

Library FAQ’s – A list of frequently asked questions regarding the facility, services, and policies of the Bellevue University Library.
Additional links found on the web page are:

Library Handbook – Information on the procedures, policies, and services of the Bellevue University Library.
Ask a Librarian – A direct link to ask us a question electronically.
Library Staff, Hours and Phone Numbers - Information to get you directly in touch with our highly-motivated, well-trained staff.
Reference Services - Subject specific web sites that you can use to cut down on unproductive surfing time.
Interlibrary Loan - All you do is fill out your loan request online, and send it to us.  We find the book or journal article and get it to you. There is a small fee charged for this service.  For detailed information contact the reference staff at library@bellevue.edu.
Outreach Services - Using this link, you may request a search for article citations or research assistance.  There is a small fee charged for this service.  For detailed information contact the reference staff at library@bellevue.edu.
Other Libraries - This link allows you to search the catalog of a number of other academic libraries in Nebraska.
Purchase Request Form – This link allows you to request that the library purchase a book, reference resource, newspaper, journal, DVD, etc. by filling out the form and submitting it electronically.
Suggestion Box Form – Let us know what you think about library services.
Virtual Library Tour – One click takes you inside the library’s walls for a look at daily activities.

You may reach us by phone at (402) 557-7313, e-mail: library@bellevue.edu or fax: (402) 557-5427.  The toll free number is 1-800-756-7920 (dial x7314 after business hours to get the library). As soon as we hear from you we will immediately begin the process of meeting your information need.  If you are not contacted within twenty-four hours, please feel free to contact Robin Bernstein, Library Director, at (402) 557-7300 or email: robin@bellevue.edu. 

If the library is closed you may choose to leave a message in voice mail or utilize the e-mail options.  Please identify yourself as an "online" student.

We wish you the very best in your academic and career endeavors.  Bellevue University is the 'Information Age University' and we look forward to helping you interact with information in the most efficient and effective way.

Sincerely,

Bellevue University Librarians

9/20/2007