Frequently Asked Questions
How do I search for a book?
You can limit your results using the links on the left side of your search results page. If that still leads to too many results, try using some of the search limits in the Advanced Searching option.They also have written some great search tips available on the right-hand side of that page. Watch a short video demonstrating an Advanced Search from the library homepage.
Are you not finding any results? Try broadening your search (for example, searching for “social network” instead of “Twitter”) or expanding to the “All Libraries” search in the drop-down box below the “Find” button to look at other library’s collections.
How do I renew an item?
- Log into your library account in MnPals.
- Enter your User ID/Barcode (14-digit barcode on your college ID starting with 20219...) and Password (your last name).
- To display the items you have check out and their due dates, click on Checked Out Items.
- You may also renew items through this screen.
- To renew Interlibrary Loan items that are not past their due date, click on the ILL Requests tab.
- Click on the "Renew ILL" button in the ILL Actions column. (Note: The library where you borrowed the book from is the place that decides whether or not the item will be renewed, not our library.)
How do I search from off-campus?
How do I request an Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
- Go to MnPALS to search of the Bethany collection.
- If you do not see the item you are looking for in the results list, select All Libraries from the Library and Collections drop down list and run the search again.
- If the item is listed in the results list, look at the Library (Owned/Out) column to identify the MnPALS library where the item is located. If the item is available from more than one library, find the one geographically closest to Bethany (usually Minnesota State University-Mankato).
- After identifying the library, click on the title of the item. This brings up the item record.
- Click the ILL Request button (located just above the record information), and sign in with your User ID/Barcode (14-digit barcode on your college ID, starts with a 2) and Verification (your last name). Click Log On.
- Once logged in, you will be returned to the item record. Click the ILL Request button again.
- Indicate the date by which you will need the item by selecting a date. You must indicate agreement with the copyright statement, and then click Go.
- Though there are spaces to request a photocopy of a section of the book, that is up to the loaning library. Most libraries prefer to simply send the entire book.
How to I request a book from the seminary library?
- Email the title and author to email@example.com. Books are delivered to Memorial Library on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
- If you would like to visit the seminary library, open hours are 1-5pm Monday – Friday. Special arrangements can be made by contacting the seminary librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Which Resource Should I Use?
- Education: ERIC
- Most Subjects: EBSCO MegaFILE, Academic Search Complete, JSTOR
- Business: Business Source Premier
- Communication/Arts: JSTOR, MegaFILE for current events topics
- Health: Health Source, Consumer Health Complete, AltHealth for alternative/integrative medicine, PubMed for some topics (a bit tricky to use-library staff can help you!)
- Spanish-language articles: Informe Spanish Journals, advanced search in JSTOR using “Spanish” as a language limit
- Proquest Newstand Complete (includes current New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and local papers!)
- Regional Business News
Streaming Video (Free)
- Twin Cities Public Television (Excellent MN History, local, and multicultural topics)
- National Public Television (Arts performances, documentaries, and the latest Masterpiece dramas)
- Khan Academy (Amazing free video lessons on a wide range of topics-very strong in math/science)
- You Tube Academic (You Tube: Not just for videos of sassy toddlers! Check out these videos from universities and other academic centers)
How do I Search for Book Reviews?
Book reviews are actually much easier to search for using library databases than a general Google search! Not only is it a short process, but the reviews in our databases are sure to be the full review (not an excerpt) and from trusted sources.EBSCO (Databases marked with an “E” logo such as EBSCO MegaFILE and Academic Search Premier):
- Go to Advanced Search (link is under main search box).
- Under “document type,” select “Book Review.”
- Enter the the name of the book you’re searching for in quotes in the main search box (example- “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”)
- You might also wish to check the “Full Text” option in the “Limit Your Results” section if you want to be able to read your article immediately.
- Click on the JSTOR link in the “Journals and Articles” section of the library homepage.
- Click the “Advanced Search” link underneath the main search box on the JSTOR homepage.
- Enter the title in quotes in the search box (example- “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”)
- Click on the checkbox marked “Reviews” in the item type section.
- Check the “Reviewed works” under the title of each search result to see if the review covers the title you are searching. This will save you time (and paper)!
How do I Search Databases?
How Do I Search for Scholarly or Peer-Reviewed Articles?
EBSCO Databases (EBSCOMegaFILE, Academic Search Premier, any option in the Journals/Articles section with a Blue “E” to the left of its name): In the Advanced Search option (located underneath the main search box when you first click on the page), there will be a checkbox for “Scholarly/Peer-reviewed articles.” You can also limit the “Material Type” to Journal Articles.
JSTOR does not have a limit option for Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed since that is already the type of items on that site. However, if you use the “Advanced Search” option (underneath the main search box on the main page of JSTOR), you can limit to Articles using a checkbox. This option will eliminate book reviews from your results.
I Get TONS of Results in my Database Searches. How Can I Fix That?
The Advanced Search option (located underneath the main search box in each database) will let you limit your search using the following options:
- Connecting several search words together, putting each into its own search box. You can use up to seven search boxes connected together! (Example: “social media” AND Facebook AND teacher if you’re interested in articles about teachers using Facebook)
- Limit by date: Certain classes will ask for articles that have been written in the past five years. This option is also a good choice if you’re working with something that’s fairly recent, such as South Sudan, which became a country in 2011.
- Limit to “Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed Articles” (Checkbox)
- If you’re using a phrase, put it in quotes (Example “social network”, “developmental psychology”)
- Each database has a “Subject Guide” or “Thesaurus.” These words are the words the people who create these records use to arrange the articles. Searching for these words (switching the drop-down box next to the search boxes where you put the words to “SU-Descriptors”) will give you very strong results!
Once I find an article I want to read, how do I find out if Bethany has it?
- See if the library has access to it through Linker: Search by Journal Title
- Enter the journal title, click Search
- Results will appear by journal title and databases that contain those articles (holdings)
- Click on a database that says "fulltext" within the date range of your article
- Find the article by date, or click the "Search within this publication" option to search by title
Want to view an article you found in JSTOR or EbscoHost?
- Click "View as PDF" or "HTML Full Text"
- If these options are not available, click "Where can I get this?" or "Find it at Bethany!" to request it via ILL.
No problem! Contact your friendly Reference Librarian, Alyssa Inniger, at email@example.com or ext. 874.
Is there a book drop outside of the library?
How do I get a student ID?
Equipment Available for Checkout at the Library
Equipment available for Student and Faculty/Staff Checkout includes:
|Dry erase markers/erasers||VCR, CD, & DVD players|
|Portable DVD Player||Practice keys for piano/organ|
|mp3 Players||Graphing Calculators|
|Digital Voice Recorder||Colored Pencils|
|Light Box (for Seasonal Affective Disorder)|
Cross-Terrain Sports Club Equipment for Student Checkout:
|Croquet Set||Bocce Set|
|Tennis Balls (2 cans)||Tennis Racquets (4)|
|Kickball||Disc Golf Frisbees (4)|
|Bike Pump||Slack Line Kit|
Bike/ball pump (2 Hour checkout time)