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Use the drop down below to find an answer to your question. If the answer is not available below, please email us at library@reynolds.edu

Should I set limits on my students' use of online sources?

Students are often confused about what "online sources" mean. There are two types of "online sources" of which students should be aware. The first type of sources are "open web" sources, those that students getting by searching Google and other search engines. Students need to carefully evaluate the authority and reliability of the information retrieved from search engines. It is advisable to set restrictions on the use of this type of information.

The other type of online sources are materials such as periodicals and books accessible through the library's proprietary databases such as Academic Search Complete. Many of these online periodicals, especially scholarly journals, are only available through library databases. Reynolds Library subscribes to over 150 proprietary databases, with access to millions of full-text journal articles and hundreds of ebooks. Please make sure that your students understand these databases are different from the online sources and have the same authority as the printed original sources.

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How can I access Reynolds library databases from off-campus?

Use your My Reynolds username and password to access the library databases from off campus.

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Do I need to contact a librarian if I want to bring my class to the library?

Yes, we strongly recommend that you contact a reference librarian in advance and provide us with a copy of the class assignment. This will give the librarians an opportunity to be better prepared to assist your students. We discourage classes from simply dropping in because we are generally very busy throughout the day and we may not be able to accommodate you or your students to the best of our ability.

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Can I request a library instruction session?

To request a library instruction session, please fill out the Library Instruction Request form for your campus. At least one week's notice is recommended, and make sure you provide an alternative date. Please send us information about the assignment or a copy of the assignment so that we can develop a more effective instruction session. We will confirm the instruction through email. Students can also register for open session workshops. Workshops are offered at each campus every semester. One option is to require students to attend one of these in lieu of classroom instruction.

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Can I get assistance from the librarians in preparing an assignment?

Yes, we'll be very happy to work with you to develop an assignment that would involve the use of library resources. We can review your assignment, recommend library resources, suggest modifications if necessary, and provide instruction to your class. Feel free to make an appointment with a reference librarian. In case the whole class needs the same books, we would also be happy to reserve a selection of library materials on a short-term basis for the duration of the assignment.

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How can I find out if the library subscribes to a particular journal or magazine?

Go to our Journal Locator page

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How can I obtain an article or book that is not available in Reynolds Library?

As Reynolds faculty, you can use your ID to check out books from area Virginia school libraries. Students can do this as well, but will need a RALC pass from a reference librarian. For more information on this procedure, see our guide. Alternatively, you can fill out an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) form and we'll borrow the item from another institution. This option is available to students as well, just be sure to advise them that it may take up to a couple weeks to get the item.

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Does the library provide any assistance on citation styles?

Yes, the Reynolds librarians can assist faculty and students with citing sources and have compiled handouts and online guides for both APA and MLA citation styles. Our librarians can also show faculty and students how to use the automatic citation tools available in many of our library databases as well as how to use our subscription to EasyBib. Provide links to APA and MLA citation guides and EasyBib.

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Should students back up their work on a thumb drive?

Yes. The public access library computers have Deep Freeze, a security application loaded on them that preserves baseline computer configurations setup by our IT department. No matter what changes a user makes to a workstation or documents saved to the hard drive, when the computer is restarted, all changes and documents created by users are deleted. Deep Freeze resets the computer’s hard drive to the original state set up by our IT people. Since computers can be quirky (also, you never know when the power will go down), users should make it a habit of saving their work on a USB flash drive or in the cloud (e.g., Google Drive, Office 365) and back it up (save it) every few minutes.

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Is Reynolds' wireless network secure?

No. The wireless network on all campuses is not set up as a secure network and there is no password to login. Users who would like to use their mobile devices on any Reynolds campus will need select “JSRCCguest” from their network options. If users want to use a secure network on campus, we recommend using the computers in the labs or libraries. We recommend against conducting sensitive information, especially when conducting financial transactions (e.g., online banking, online store purchases).

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