Library

How do I contact the Library?

You can contact the Library via Email, or Phone. Library@HallmarkUniversity.edu or 210-690-9000

How do I find a journal?

To locate a journal you look at the databases under your area of study on the Welcome page. This is in your Blackboard account. Type in the name of the journal into the Search box for each database. For databases that have a journal name as a search option you then would choose that option to search. For example, under Academic Search Premier (EBSCO), you would choose “SO Journal Name” from the drop-down list next to the Search box and hit enter.

How do I find an article?

You can find an article using the databases. You type in the name of the article into the Search box. Look for options like advanced search to limit your search. For example, in the Transportation Review Board website, there is an option “or add additional filters.” When you click on it, you are taken to a page where searching the Title is an option. Each database is different, so it may take some trial and error, but that is normal for a library search.

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.

How can I find information on a topic?

If you want to cast a wider net for your search, you can use Databases A-Z. To look more specific by Program, go to the Welcome page and then choose your field of study. In either Databases A-Z or the Welcome page, you can browse through the databases listed there, running your search for a specific topic on each website.

How do I figure out which databases to use?

If you would like to use a database specific to your field of study click on the Welcome page and select your school of study to open the links to available databases by field of study. Then, browse the list of databases. Alternatively, you can click on Databases A-Z and browse the complete list of databases.

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.

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. Library@HallmarkUniversity.edu or 210-690-9000

How do I find a journal?

To locate a journal you look at the databases under your area of study on the Welcome page. This is in your Blackboard account. Type in the name of the journal into the Search box for each database. For databases that have a journal name as a search option you then would choose that option to search. For example, under Academic Search Premier (EBSCO), you would choose “SO Journal Name” from the drop-down list next to the Search box and hit enter.

How do I find an article?

You can find an article using the databases. You type in the name of the article into the Search box. Look for options like advanced search to limit your search. For example, in the Transportation Review Board website, there is an option “or add additional filters.” When you click on it, you are taken to a page where searching the Title is an option. Each database is different, so it may take some trial and error, but that is normal for a library search.

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.

How can I find information on a topic?

If you want to cast a wider net for your search, you can use Databases A-Z. To look more specific by Program, go to the Welcome page and then choose your field of study. In either Databases A-Z or the Welcome page, you can browse through the databases listed there, running your search for a specific topic on each website.

How do I figure out which databases to use?

If you would like to use a database specific to your field of study click on the Welcome page and select your school of study to open the links to available databases by field of study. Then, browse the list of databases. Alternatively, you can click on Databases A-Z and browse the complete list of databases.