Need help with your research? Register for the new course in Information Literacy!

E-Books, E-Reserves and E-articles have arrived. Read:
About All Things "E"” to find out what that means for you.

New databases have been added and familiar ones have a new look.

HELIN requests are becoming more and more popular. If you haven't tried it, look inside to find out how.

Sound and Light. New audio books and new films are being added to the library collection.


Just don’t know where to start with each new class assignment? Want to be more efficient and effective in your research? Help is here!
LSS 060

This one credit course will help you to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
  1. Save time by learning search strategies to quickly get the desired results from the online catalog or an electronic database.
  2. Be able to recognize what print resources are best for your assignment.
  3. Learn to evaluate an Internet site for accuracy, bias and relevance..
  4. Understand the importance of accurate citations to avoid plagiarism.

Choose SECTION 01 Wed. 10:30-11:20 a.m. or SECTION 02 Thur. 3:30- 4:20 p.m. Register today! For more information contact
John Lewis at 341-2687 or Cathy Rowe at 341-2289.


By John Lewis, Head of Reference

The McKillop Library has recently added two new databases and moved another database to online access.

Access Science
An online version of the McGraw-Hill Science & Technology Encyclopedia, Access Science has many other additional features. It contains over 7,100 full-text articles dealing with all aspects of science and technology, as well as over 115,000 dictionary terms and over 2,000 biographies of scientific figures. It also contains a current news section, a student center to help with research projects, and links to related Web sites.

ProQuest Religion
ProQuest Religion includes over 90 journals in the subject area of religion. Most of these journals are full-text. ProQuest Religion provides coverage in the areas of religious thought, religious news, religious philosophy, religious history, and archaeology relative to religious sites. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism are the faiths represented. ProQuest Religion is accessed as part of the same interface as the general periodical database, ProQuest Research Library.

Books in Print
Books in Print is now available online. In addition to the convenience of no longer needing to use a CD-ROM to access this database, it will also be accessible to off-campus users. Books in Print contains almost 3 million records, and is updated weekly. Its records describe in-print, out-of-print, and forthcoming books of North American publishers and U.S. distributors and wholesalers.

For a full listing of library databases, please go to alphadatabases.html.


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McKillop Library newsletter will be published each semester to share news from library departments about policies and procedures, the latest acquisitions, databases and technology, training sessions being offered, and other news.

Comments and suggestions may be addressed to the attention of Cathy Rowe, Editor, at the address above or by e-mail to

Contributors to this issue:
Joan Bartram
Kathleen Boyd
John Lewis
Christina Saad
Cathy Rowe

Prevoius Issues:



The new academic year has brought some exciting new developments in the area of electronic library services. Through our membership in the HELIN consortium, the McKillop Library has purchased a beginning collection of close to 8,000 electronic books. These E-books, which include recently published titles as well as classics, are available for full-text viewing and searching online at: We plan to add to this collection throughout the upcoming year.

A second new service being introduced this semester is Electronic Reserves. The library can now scan and place instructors’ course readings online, making them available to students via the web twenty-four hours a day. Gone are the days of last minute trips to the library to catch up on assigned readings!

Perhaps the most exciting news is that the library will offer a course in Information Literacy beginning in the Spring semester. Dates and times for the course are in this issue as well as an article introducing the concept of information literacy.

As always, the library staff are here to help you with your research needs and to offer instruction in navigating the wealth of resources available in traditional and electronic formats.

--Kathleen Boyd


By Cathy Rowe, Reference Department

What does it mean to be information literate? In this Information Age, when the expansion of available information is proceeding at an unprecedented rate, clear concepts of how to access and evaluate this information are essential. National organizations, including the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and a growing number of the regional accreditation associations are grappling with the issue of ensuring that our graduates are information literate. The American Library Association defines information literacy as the ability to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information." (1)

What does a person need to know today to be a full-fledged, competent and literate member of the information society? Jeremy Shapiro and Shelley Hughes posed this question in their article “Information Literacy as a Liberal Art.” (2) It is their premise that those members of society who are able to effectively locate, evaluate and use information will be the “intelligent shapers” of the Information Age. Those who are dependent on others for their information needs are, in effect, relinquishing valuable freedoms. When citizens fail to understand how information is organized and accessible, they lose the freedom to seek and critically analyze information for themselves, the freedom to make personally informed decisions on political and social issues, and the freedom to make an enlightened contribution to the body of human knowledge. In this context, information literacy is more than how to search the Internet or use the latest Microsoft product. Information literacy rises to the level of possessing a worldview that acknowledges that there is a wealth of information available and that an educated citizen should possess the ability to harness it to enhance his own life and the lives of those around him. The information literate citizen has:

  • an understanding of the process of seeking information in all its forms and formats.
  • an ability to analyze information for accuracy, authority and bias.
  • an ability to extract, manage and synthesize the information into a personal expression of ideas and values.
  • an understanding that there are legal and ethical issues where the intellectual property of others is concerned.
The goal of information literacy is reflected in the mission of our university; to empower the student to be an independent, life-long learner. Seeking information in all its forms will continue to include both print and electronic sources although these sources will continue to change and evolve. The challenge is to provide students with the means to see beyond the framework to the information contained within the latest print source or new technology. The student should then be able to determine how it is organized and accessed, to evaluate its quality and to judge how best it can be used. To obtain this goal will be a challenge for faculty and information professionals alike. It will not be achieved in one class or even one course but in a series of incremental steps throughout a student’s college experience.

In January of this year, the Board of Directors of ACRL approved the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. These are a set of core competencies that are meant to be integrated into the curriculum. There are five standards, twenty-two performance indicators and a range of measurable outcomes to assist in the assessment of student learning. The standards define an information literate student and then proceed to delineate the various levels of thinking skills that would be required to exhibit mastery of that particular standard. The standards are online at

In March, at the American Association of Higher Education’s National Conference, ACRL joined AAHE in a forum on the theme of “New Students, New Expectations = New Information Infrastructures.” The ACRL standards were discussed in the context of information literacy as being an important higher education strategic initiative and a core mission of every institution. Among the regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges and universities in the United States, three have added information literacy as a criteria for accreditation. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has included information literacy since 1998. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSCHE) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) have recently added it. WASC Standards 2000 lists information literacy as a “core learning ability and competency” and asks, “How does the institution ensure that its members develop the critical information literacy skills needed to locate, evaluate, and responsibly use information?” These standards may be found at

While information literacy has been established as a necessary competency, the practical skills of seeking and critically examining information should be supplemented with the ability to reflect on the nature of information as a whole. In the context of a liberal arts education, information literacy should play a larger role in developing educated citizens who will make meaningful contributions to society.

How can the objectives of information literacy be advanced here at Salve? The professional librarians have approved a mission statement for the library that includes an information literacy component. Ongoing collaboration between the reference librarians and many of the faculty indicates that, although the term may be new to many, the need for new ideas to confront the proliferation of information has been a matter of discussion over the last several years. New partnerships between faculty and librarians are being proposed as well as a pilot course on information literacy to be offered next semester. The goal will be to equip our students for the Information Age.

Notes: 1. American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.) online, Available: 20 August 2000
2. Shapiro, Jeremy J. and Shelley K. Hughes. "Information Literacy as a Liberal Art", Educom Review, 31.2 (March/April 1996) online, Available: 7 July 2000


By Christina Saad, Circulation Department and Cathy Rowe, Reference Department

E-Books are here! E-Reserves are here! E-Articles are here! The library is continually adding more services that will make materials available anytime, anywhere from any computer with an Internet connection. Look for these new services.

EBOOKS, electronic versions of the works of a wide selection of authors, have been in the news. You've read about the Palm Pilots, Pocket PCs and Rocket eBook Readers that have been developed to make eBooks portable. You couldn't help but hear about Stephen King's new online book, Riding the Bullet, the first original work by a major author that was published exclusively in electronic format. Have you wondered what all the fuss is about? Now you can find out! EBooks have come to Salve. The HELIN consortium and New England's Library and Information Services Network (NELINET) have reached an agreement with netLibrary to offer access to over 8000 eBooks to consortium members’ faculty, staff, and students.

NetLibrary is a comprehensive collection of online books and resource materials. You won’t need a fancy gadget to read them. EBooks can be viewed online from any computer connected to the Internet. What are some of the things you can do with netLibrary?

  • Preview eBooks for 15 minutes for quick reference.
  • Check out an eBook and read it at your leisure.
  • Search for keywords throughout the entire collection of 8,000 titles or within just one title.
  • Print out selected pages.
  • Access eBooks from the library homepage anytime, anywhere.
  • Don't worry about returning your eBook. It will automatically be returned at the end of your check out period.
The netLibrary online system enables users to treat eBooks in much the same way that they would treat traditional materials. Books can be "checked out" to a user, who then has exclusive access to that copy of the eBook for a defined period. While entire eBooks cannot be printed, selected pages can. Access netLibrary through the library homepage at or directly from its site at

E-RESERVES. Students, has this happened to you? You are ready to begin tackling your homework. You look at your assignment: quiz tomorrow on the Reserve readings. Easy enough, you think. I’ll just mosey on over to the Libr…Wait! It’s 2 a.m.. The Library is closed. How can I read the Reserve readings?

Faculty, has this wish crossed your mind? You have worked hard at setting up a webpage for your courses. The syllabus is online as well as the assignments. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Reserve readings were also available so that students could access them from their dorms or from anywhere off campus?

Good news! Faculty can bring in Reserve material to be scanned and placed on electronic Reserve. Just call the Circulation department at 341-2291 for information. Then a student can access and read assignments from their computer at home! Here’s how it can be done.

  1. Log on to the SRU Library homepage:
  2. Under the heading Catalog click on Course Reserves.
  3. Click on name of professor and enter last name, first name of the professor.
  4. Click on the appropriate professor.
  5. Click on the needed assignment.
  6. Enter your name and barcode.
There! You are ready to download the Reserve material or print it out directly. (Note: Adobe Acrobat Reader software is required to read an E-Reserve document. You may download Adobe Acrobat free of charge from their website at Remember, not all material will be E-Reserve accessible. As more professors bring in their materials to be scanned, more items will be available through E-Reserve. Items such as books will remain available only in hard copy. (Unless it’s one of our eBooks!) If you are unsure about what material is available online, talk with your professor, call the Circulation desk, or simply log on to the Library homepage and click on "catalog" to check what is on Reserve.

E-ARTICLES. Another new E-service available is ARIEL, an innovative document transmission system. Using ARIEL, the HELIN consortium libraries will be able to scan and transmit journal articles quickly and easily between libraries. Presently, inter-library loan of journal articles can take two weeks or more. As each HELIN library becomes equipped to use ARIEL, processing time for articles from journals that HELIN libraries hold will be trimmed to approximately 2-5 days. Each HELIN library has its own timetable for acquiring the scanners, software and computers to provide the ARIEL service. Look for this service to become increasingly available over the next year.


By Christina Saad, Circulation Department

For the last month you’ve labored over your Religious Studies presentation. Scrupulously, you’ve researched your topic. It is almost complete; only one more piece of information is needed and you know which book has it. You logon to the McKillop Library web site and search the HELIN catalog. Viola! There’s the book…but it's at Providence College…and you don’t have a car…or know the way. Don’t worry. Use the HELIN Request option by following the steps below and the book will come to you in 2 business days. All you need is access to the Internet and your Salve ID card.

  1. Click HELIN Request. You must be in the record for the item you are requesting. Hint: HELIN Request is one of the blue boxes located at the top of the screen.
  2. Enter your name in the box marked Your Name.
  3. Enter your barcode in the box marked Library Barcode. Hint: Your barcode is the number on your library ID that begins 23759000.
  4. In the box marked Choose a Pickup Location scroll down to the library from which you wish to pickup the material. Hint: It does not need to be SRU. If Roger Williams University is a convenient Location, have the book shipped there!
  5. Click the gray box marked Submit Above Information.
  6. Directly beneath Choose one item from the list below, click the library from which you want the book . Hint: If there is more than one option select any book whose status is AVAILABLE.
  7. Click Request Selected Item. Hint: If everything has gone through correctly you should see in red letters: Your request has been sent to the library.
Done! Within 2 business days your book(s) should arrive at the Circulation Desk of choice. Making a HELIN Request is that simple and quick. Feel free to call the McKillop Library Circulation Desk at 341-2291 if you have any questions.


By Joan Bartram, Collection Development

We have introduced more sound and light into the library collection over the summer months. We are introducing a new collection of audio books. The books will be housed in the audio/visual room on the first floor of the McKillop Library. They circulate for two weeks. The collection includes classics, such as Melville's Moby Dick or Joyce's Ulysses, and current works, including Frank McCourt's Tis. We will continue to add both classics and contemporary favorites during the academic year.

While we are on the subject of sound, we would like to remind you about our collection of music CD's. They are located in the AV Room on the first floor of the McKillop Library and circulate for fourteen days.

Light is an essential ingredient in filmmaking and we are adding many more films to the library collection. We recently purchased the balance of the American Film Institute's 100 Best Fihns of the Century. From Casablanca to The Godfather, you can now borrow these videos from the library for seven days. In addition to the best films, we have acquired classic oldies including the Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplin. The films are located in the AV Room on the first floor of the library.

We would like to remind you about light reading. In the current periodicals room on the main floor of the library, we have our collection of popular books and best sellers in many categories. This rotating collection of books contains best sellers, mystery, adventure and popular biography. These books circulate for one month.