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Research in Education
As part of your coursework in the Teacher Education Department, you will need to consult articles from scholarly or professional journals or magazines; you may need to use books and e-books; you may need to request journal articles or books from other libraries through interlibrary loan. And you will be working online much of the time. This guide will help you decide what services to use to locate the research materials you need.
When the Prim Library is open, often a professional librarian is available to assist you. Please ask at the desk to speak to the librarian. Student employees are very helpful with printing and copying issues and are able to direct you to specific areas within the library shelves. If you need research assistance please do not hesitate to talk to a librarian or send an email.
All Teacher Education Department faculty require the use of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition), as the standard for citations and references in your papers. APA provides free online tutorials. You may call on any librarian for assistance as well. MAT students should consult the Education Department for specific professional project guidelines. Information may also be found on the SNC website.
What is Interlibrary Loan?—The Interlibrary Loan Service provides Sierra Nevada College students, staff, and faculty with library materials from other libraries.
- If the Library does not have an article or a book a user needs, we can borrow books or journal articles from another library. When we receive a journal article or a book chapter, we immediately scan it to a PDF and e-mail that file to the user. If we borrow a book for an Incline Village or Reno user, it will be made available for pickup from the Prim Library's Circulation Desk. When necessary, we will send books to Las Vegas users by UPS.
What can I borrow?
- In general, you can borrow books and copies of journal articles or book chapters.
- The Library cannot borrow textbooks that are currently required for classes at the College.
- Some types of materials will not be loaned by other libraries, in accordance with the provisions of the National Interlibrary Loan Code of the American Library Association. Entire volumes of journals, "rare" materials, oversized and bulky materials, fragile materials, basic reference materials, and video and audio materials usually cannot be borrowed.
Who can use Interlibrary Loan? — You are eligible to use Interlibrary Loan if you are a currently registered student or a member of the faculty and staff of the College. If you are a Las Vegas student, it may be quicker for you to request interlibrary loan through a local public library. Please ask for assistance if you are having a hard time finding appropriate resources.
Is There a Charge? — Generally, there is no charge for interlibrary loan service.
How do I place an Interlibrary Loan request? — Interlibrary Loan request forms are available from the link in the EBSCO interface. You may send an email to the library to request items as well. Please include as much information as possible so that the library can easily identify your requested item correctly.
How long will it take to receive my request? — This usually depends on the type of the material requested
- Journal articles or book chapters obtained from another library typically take 2-7 business days to arrive. We e-mail PDF's as soon as possible thereafter;
- Books borrowed from another library:
- Books borrowed for SNC users typically take 5-10 business days to arrive.
- When your book arrives, we will promptly e-mail you as your requests are received. Library users can pick up ILL books at any time the Prim Library is open.
How long can I keep the book borrowed for me? — The lending period of a borrowed book is determined by the lending library, not by Sierra Nevada College Library. Typically, borrowed materials may be used for 2–3 weeks. Borrowed materials must be returned by the due date written on the paper band on the book.
Can I renew my borrowed book? — You may request renewal , but it is totally at the discretion of the lending library whether or not written on the ILL band on the item. The Library then requests renewal from the lender, which may take up to 48 hours. You should not presume that renewal will be approved by the lending library. If renewal is not allowed, you must return it by the due date.
What if I keep my borrowed book beyond the due date, or lose it? — All users – students, staff, faculty – are expected to be responsible to return interlibrary loan items promptly. If an item is lost, the full cost as determined by the lending institution, will be required. Non-return of materials may result in registration and/or transcript holds on the user's account.
Copyright Restrictions Warning Notice
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.
One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the Copyright law.