Library

How do I contact the Library?

You can contact the Library via email or phone. Katie Thonen, Director of Library Resources library@hallmarkuniversity.edu 210-969-7508

How do I find a reference resource?

To find a reference resource click open the Search Library Database button at the top of this page. This takes you to the full listing of the databases available. If you know the name of the database you want to use, enter it into the search box on the right side of the screen. If you are unsure of the database name, narrow the databases by subject, type, or vendor using the drop-down boxes near the top of the page. Read the brief description of each potential database and click open the one you think is best suited to your research. You can always come back to this page and choose a different database! Contact the library, library@hallmarkuniversity.edu, to speak with a librarian and get one-on-one assistance.

How do I find an article?

Once you are in a database (see basic procedure above) use keywords to find potential articles. Keywords are your research topic in one to two words or phrases. Type this into the search box and hit enter. For most ProQuest databases they will auto-generate a results list that can be narrowed using the filters on the left of your screen. For government websites or other resources, searching may vary. Contact the library, library@hallmarkuniversity.edu, to speak with a librarian and get one-on-one assistance.

What do I do if there is no link to full text for an article?

If there is no full-text article available, you can try to look for your article thru WorldCat (http://www.worldcat.org) to locate a library nearby that carries the article or, contact the library, library@hallmarkuniversity.edu, to speak with a librarian and get one-on-one assistance.

How can I find information on a topic?

Cast a wide net by using general search terms or keywords when looking through the databases. Use different keywords or a different database if generated results are not what you are looking for. Contact the library, library@hallmarkuniversity.edu, to speak with a librarian and get one-on-one assistance.

How do I figure out which databases to use?

Use the drop-down boxes near the top of the Hallmark University Database and Resource page to narrow your database search by subject, topic or vendor. Read the brief descriptions of the databases to find potential good matches. Use the databases in the General Research Databases or Course Resources areas to the left of the screen as they are staff picked databases that cover most topics. Contact the library, library@hallmarkuniversity.edu, to speak with a librarian and get one-on-one assistance.

Accessing Library Resources

Search Library Databases
Locate articles, books, and journals for research projects and to expand your knowledge of subjects in your area of study.

View Lib Guides
Librarian generated informational guides covering student and class resources including APA style.

Contact the Library

Katie Thonen
210-969-7508
Library@HallmarkUniversity.edu

Policies and Guidelines

Student Conduct

Please refer to the Student Information: Professional Code of Conduct section of the Hallmark University Catalog regarding student conduct within the Library setting.

Academic Honesty and Integrity

The Hallmark University Library supports the Academic Honesty policy of Hallmark University as outlined in the Catalog.

Copyright

Copyright, according to the United States Copyright Office: is a form of ownership a creator retains for their own work. It allows the creator to decide when their work can be copied, distributed, or performed. Exceptions are afforded, under the 1976 Copyright Act, such as the payments of royalties for use of copyrighted materials.

Making unauthorized copies or the use of pirated materials is prohibited. The Copyright Act extends to items located on the Internet. Though an outward symbol or statement of copyright may not be listed on the material, the copyright for a creation is always assumed, until found otherwise. For more information regarding copyright and usage of copyrighted materials please refer to the United States Copyright Office for more information, or see the Librarian for help regarding questions of copyright.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of passing off the work of others as your own. It is an act of theft of intellectual property. Whether intentional or unintentional, plagiarism is a serious offense. It can result in a failing grade or dismissal from the institution and potentially damage your professional career. In order to avoid plagiarism, it is best to utilize proper citation methods. Citing properly ensures that you give credit where credit is due and distinguish your writing from that of another scholar or source.

If you are unsure if you have plagiarized, please consult faculty about your concern before turning in a research paper. For more information concerning plagiarism please consult the Hallmark University Catalog section on Academic Honesty, the Hallmark University Library and the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) for more information.

Accessing Library Resources

Search Library Databases
Locate articles, books, and journals for research projects and to expand your knowledge of subjects in your area of study.

View Lib Guides
Librarian generated informational guides covering student and class resources including APA style.

Contact the Library

Katie Thonen
210-969-7508
Library@HallmarkUniversity.edu

Research Guide

Evaluating Resources

Learning to evaluate materials such as books, articles, and websites helps the researcher to develop the skills necessary to determine the appropriateness of resources discovered during the research process. Once materials undergo evaluation, the researcher can determine if a book, article or website is suitable, credible or relevant for their paper or presentation.

The following sections contain questions to consider when evaluating a resource.

Authority and Accuracy

  • Look for author credentials (degree/education, field experience, publications, occupation).
  • Who is the publisher (university, established Publisher like McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Harper Collins etc.)?
  • What type of publication does the article appear (newspaper, scholarly journal, trade publication)?
  • Are there spelling and grammar errors?
  • Who reviews the information (editor, review board)?
  • Who does the domain belong to (.edu, .org, .gov, .net, .com)?
  • Are there citations or footnotes? Is there a table of contents? Bibliography?
  • Are there reviews about the book from other publications?

Objectivity

  • Who is the intended audience (children, engineers, doctors, students)?
  • What is the purpose of the publication (to entertain, to educate, to inform)?
  • Is the research supported by evidence?
  • What is the voice of the author (biased, impartial)?

Currency

  • How recent is the material presented (copyright date, publication date)?
  • Is the website updated frequently (CIA World Fact Book is updated daily)?
  • How recent are the works listed in the bibliography?

Coverage

  • How is the material organized?
  • Is there a logical layout of the material presented (table of contents, introduction, chapters, conclusion, index, and appendix)?
  • For a website, is it user-friendly is it easy to navigate and understand the location of information?
  • Is the information a primary, secondary or tertiary source?

Library

How do I contact the Library?

You can contact the Library via email or phone. Katie Thonen, Director of Library Resources library@hallmarkuniversity.edu 210-969-7508

How do I find a reference resource?

To find a reference resource click open the Search Library Database button at the top of this page. This takes you to the full listing of the databases available. If you know the name of the database you want to use, enter it into the search box on the right side of the screen. If you are unsure of the database name, narrow the databases by subject, type, or vendor using the drop-down boxes near the top of the page. Read the brief description of each potential database and click open the one you think is best suited to your research. You can always come back to this page and choose a different database! Contact the library, library@hallmarkuniversity.edu, to speak with a librarian and get one-on-one assistance.

How do I find an article?

Once you are in a database (see basic procedure above) use keywords to find potential articles. Keywords are your research topic in one to two words or phrases. Type this into the search box and hit enter. For most ProQuest databases they will auto-generate a results list that can be narrowed using the filters on the left of your screen. For government websites or other resources, searching may vary. Contact the library, library@hallmarkuniversity.edu, to speak with a librarian and get one-on-one assistance.

What do I do if there is no link to full text for an article?

If there is no full-text article available, you can try to look for your article thru WorldCat (http://www.worldcat.org) to locate a library nearby that carries the article or, contact the library, library@hallmarkuniversity.edu, to speak with a librarian and get one-on-one assistance.

How can I find information on a topic?

Cast a wide net by using general search terms or keywords when looking through the databases. Use different keywords or a different database if generated results are not what you are looking for. Contact the library, library@hallmarkuniversity.edu, to speak with a librarian and get one-on-one assistance.

How do I figure out which databases to use?

Use the drop-down boxes near the top of the Hallmark University Database and Resource page to narrow your database search by subject, topic or vendor. Read the brief descriptions of the databases to find potential good matches. Use the databases in the General Research Databases or Course Resources areas to the left of the screen as they are staff picked databases that cover most topics. Contact the library, library@hallmarkuniversity.edu, to speak with a librarian and get one-on-one assistance.

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