NFA 117: Issues and Opportunities Course Guide [Molecular & Biomedical Sciences students]
during the regular academic year (reduced hours during breaks).
- Fogler Library usually changes something (services, resources,
locations) over breaks.
What's new at
- Largest library in the state--check the
floor plan to find specific library locations.
- Most library assignments involve many steps--selecting a topic,
searching databases, finding articles, printing or photocopying, reading,
and writing. Don't wait until everybody else is trying to do the same thing.
- No library session before the assignment? For a good starting point, see
the "My research is in:" portals
on the library home page.
- Not sure which tool to use? Want some assistance?
Contact a librarian.
Pick the Right Tool for the Job
- Journal articles are the primary form of
scientific communication. Use
databases to find citations or references to journal articles.
Use the URSUS
to find books and other items owned by URSUS libraries (University of Maine,
other University of Maine System campuses, Bangor Public Library, Maine
state libraries). Search by keywords to find items about your topic.
Use URSUS to find
reserve readings, either by course name or instructor.
- Use subject
guides to find additional materials.
ReSEARCH Your Topic
- Document your research process--list the databases you used, the search
terms you tried, etc.
Try alternative terminology: microbes, bacteria,
- Try alternative spelling: "hand washing" as well as
Truncate (use a wildcard) to get variations on a word: microb*
microbiological... Don't drop too many letters when you truncate.
- Combine terms
|Use AND for more specific results
|Use OR to broaden a search with related terms
microbes or bacteria
- Try combining AND, OR, and truncation: (microb* or bacter*) and
- Find more references than you need.
- Use limits, such as English language or "scholarly" ("peer reviewed")
journals, to refine your results.
Evaluate your results BEFORE you print (or photocopy)
Printing and photocopying costs add up.
- No charge for scanning and/or saving files.
- Your MaineCard permits $16 worth of "free" printing ($0.04/side,
$0.07/double-sided page) each semester.
- Pay for excess printouts using Black Bear Bucks ("campus funds").
- Free printing funds don't carry over between semesters, but Black
- Photocopies cost $0.08/side (Black Bear Bucks).
Finding Materials in the Library...and Beyond
See Finding Items at Fogler
Library for details.
Not on the shelf? Not owned by the library? Give us 1-2 weeks lead time,
and we can find most items for you.
- Circulation staff can
a University of Maine book checked out by somebody else.
- Circulation staff can also search for books that are not on the shelf
but not checked out.
- Getting items
from other libraries: