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How do I cite something?

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Here is a list of resources that can help you format your citations: Citing Print & Electronic Resources. We also have a guide for Research Paper Style Basics (APA & MLA). If you need help, you can talk to a librarian at the Research Services Desk. We keep a number of style manuals there, including one that is specifically about citing government publications.
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Can a member of the public use your computers?

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Yes. You will need a photo ID and then you can request a public account at the Learning Commons Desk. The access lasts for 2 hours for one day. You can print by selecting "print" and then paying for your print job at the Circulation Desk.  (Cash only.)
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How long can I check out a book for?

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Typically book checkouts for undergraduate students are for 3 weeks with renewals up to a maximum of 60 total days. Summit books can be kept for 6 weeks, with no renewals. To learn more, please see our Renewals page.
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Can members of the public check out books?

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The public is welcome to look at our books in the library. To check out books, consider becoming a Friend of the Hannon Library.
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Do you have tips for searching the Web?

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Yes, you may find one of these resources helpful:

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How do I renew something?

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Items that are eligible for renewal can be renewed online by going to your account and logging in. You can then either select "Renew All" or click on the check boxes for the appropriate item and select "Renew Selected." Some items are not renewable, see our Renewals page for more information about what can and cannot be renewed.  If you have further questions, call the Circulation Desk at 541.552.6860.
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Who can borrow books or other items from the Hannon Library?

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Generally, all current SOU students, faculty and staff have borrowing privileges at the Hannon Library. To learn more or to see a list of others with privileges, see Borrowing from the Library. Also, community members can borrow our books by becoming a Friend of the Hannon Library.
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How do I reserve a room?

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There are directions and contact information for reserving rooms on the Library Room Scheduling Policy and Descriptions page.
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Does the Library have textbooks?

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We generally don't purchase textbooks. However, we do have some textbooks on loan from the bookstore for the current term. To see if we have a particular textbook, see this Text Share List or ask at either the Research Services Desk or the Circulation Desk.
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How do I find a journal by title?

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  1. Go into the Hannon Library Catalog.
  2. Select "in the title" from the first dropdown.
  3. Enter the journal title in the search box.
  4. Select material type "journals."
  5. Hit search.
  6. If we have it, it should be listed. Click on "view online" to see options for reading the journal online. Click on "get it" to learn more about what physical print issues we have.
  7. If you don't see it, we don't have it. You can then make a request through Interlibrary Loan for a specific article. It will take 1-7 business days and costs $2 for SOU students for each article. You will receive it electronically when it arrives.
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What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)? How does it work?

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Interlibrary Loan is a way to request articles, books, and other items from other libraries that are not available locally or through Summit. To learn more, see our page on Interlibrary Loan Services.
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How do I request a book through Summit?

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For books that we don't have here, SOU students, faculty, and staff can request these books though Summit. First, go to the Summit Catalog and find the book (you can access it through the Hannon Library Catalog by changing the "Search Scope"). Then click on the "Get It" tab for that book. Then click on the "Summit - Request item" link. A form will open in the tab--scroll down to the bottom of the form and click on "Request." Note that we can't request e-books through Summit. Also, journal article requests need to go through Interlibrary Loan.

For more information, see this webpage on Summit Borrowing.

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Can you help me find a topic?

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Try looking at this self-paced tutorial on finding topics. If you need more assistance, try talking to the librarian at the Research Services Desk.
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What is the Library of Congress Classification System?

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The Library of Congress Classification System is the system we use to classify our books according to subject area and to give them a call number so they have a particular location in the stacks. It uses a combination of letters and numbers and is used by most academic libraries. To learn more, see this listing or check out this guide on our Library Classification (Shelving) Systems. In our library, the As for books start on the second floor on the right, past the periodicals and videos, as you leave the rotunda stairs. Call numbers that start with J or higher will be on the third floor. To see more about where certain books would be located, see our map.
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What are your hours?

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You can find our hours at Library Hours.
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Does the Library have a Code of Conduct?

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Yes, you can find it here.
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What are some basic search tips for the Hannon Library Catalog or Summit?

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  • Use the Advanced Search page which provides more search options
  • Use quotation marks when you're searching for a phrase and want the search terms to stay together (example: "mountain lion")
  • If you're looking for either of two words, use "OR" in all caps (example: "mountain lion" OR cougar)
  • If you want to search multiple endings of a word use an asterisk at the end (example: volcan* retrieves volcan, volcano, volcanos, volcanoes, or volcanic)
  • After you've run your search, look at the options (facets) on the left to see if there are helpful links for focusing your search

You can find more information about searching on this self-paced tutorial: Finding Books Using the Hannon Library Catalog.

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What are the fees for Interlibrary Loan?

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Please see our list of Library Fines and Charges (and scroll down to the section on Interlibrary Loan).
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How do I find government documents?

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We have three research guides for government publications, all of which can be found under the Research Guides dropdown list on the homepage. There's a guide for federal publications, Oregon state publications, and international publications. Many of our government publications are also available in the Hannon Library Catalog. If you need more assistance, contact our Government Information/Instruction Librarian, Dotty Ormes at 541-552-6850 or
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What is the SuDoc Classification System?

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The SuDoc Classification System is the way that the government publications are organized. You can learn more on this SUDOCS Classification guide.
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