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How do I find an article when all I have is the citation?

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Finding an article when all you have is a citation is quite different from searching for articles in a database.Keep your citation handy throughout the process, because it will give you the clues you need to find the correct article.Search the Journals A-Z List for the title of the journal/magazine from your citation.Review the results to find the correct match, which will contain one or more opti... read more


Where are the Quiet Study Areas in the Library?

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While the entire second floor of the Library is designated a Quiet Zone, some areas are less quiet than others.The study areas in the front of the building are supposed to be Very Quiet, while light conversation is allowed in the rest of the upstairs (whispers, etc.).  In addition, Group Study Rooms, contrary to popular belief, are not soundproofed, and sometimes conversations from these spaces be... read more


Who do I talk to if it's too hot/cold in the Library?

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While it is not always possible to make quick changes to the Library temperatures, it is important that you let us know if there is a problem.  Issues with the building being too hot or too cold may be more common in the Fall or Spring, when outside temperatures are changing.   With a building this big it can sometimes be difficult to keep all areas at a moderate temperature.  Adjusting the heat o... read more


How do I add money to my printing account?

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Each academic year, students are given 600 free pages of prints to use throughout the year (a double-sided page counts as one print). Once you've exhausted these free prints, you will need to add funds to your account in order to print.  Students are able to add funds to their accounts and use Pioneer Express to pay for printing, at a cost of $.05/page.  If money is already available on your Pione... read more


Where can I get supplies (scissors, tape, highlighters, etc.) to use in the Library?

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The Library has a number of supplies available at the Lending Services desk, that can be borrowed for 6 hours at a time, with your university ID card.  These include:ScissorsTapeUSB DrivesGlue SticksRulersHighlightersSharpiesDry Erase Markers & Eraser ... read more


What does peer reviewed mean?

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When you're asked to find peer reviewed sources, what you're essentially looking for are books and articles that have been reviewed by experts for quality and accuracy.For example:An article is written by one of your Biology professors and sent to a reputable journal.  Before being published, though, it needs to be looked over to make sure that everything is in order.So, the journal editor sends t... read more


How do I find a musical recording or score?

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Start by searching the online catalog through our Books & Media tab on the Library homepage.Limit your results using one or more of the options on the right-hand side of the screen (Narrow Search):For Recordings, limit to either Location (Media Services or Living Jazz Archives) or Format (CD, Record, Audio, Cassette, etc.).For Musical Scores, limit by Format (Musical Score).All Musical Recordings ... read more


Where can I find the New Jersey teaching statndards?

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The best place to look for the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards is on the New Jersey Department of Education website. The Library also owns a print copy of the 2009 revision of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. It can be found in the Curriculum Materials Center, under the call number: [CMC-Reference] LB1561.N4 N58764 2009. ... read more


Who are the "Friends of the Cheng Library"?

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The Friends of the Cheng Library is a diverse group of individuals who advocate for the David and Lorraine Cheng Library as a center of intellectual life on campus and reach out to the academic and civic communities through a series of events and lectures. The Friends organization also supports the Library through the donation of materials and funds, and has helped to create the Library's Friends'... read more


Does the Library have calculators to borrow?

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Yes!  Calculators are available at both the Lending Services and Media Services desks for a 3 hour loan period.Lending Services loans out standard calculators that perform simple functions like adding, multiplying, etc.Media Services loans out scientific calculators that offer more advanced functions. Your student ID is required to borrow these items, so be sure to have it with you. ... read more


Can someone at the library help me proofread my paper?

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This is not a service that we provide, although we can put you in touch with other departments that can help. Generally, the Writing Center is the best place to start, although it may also be appropriate to speak withe the Academic Success Center or Students of Life. ... read more


Do you have today's newspaper?

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The library has print copies of a small number of newspapers at the Periodicals Desk on the first floor of the library.  Holdings are limited, due to space, and older issues are generally available through our library databases.The New York Times (most recent 3 months)The Wall Street Journal (most recent 3 months)The New York Post (most recent 2 weeks)The Herald-News (most recent 2 weeks)The Star-... read more


Can I borrow a laptop or iPad?

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Wireless laptops and iPads are available for loan to current students, faculty and staff, for use within the library only.Both can be borrowed at the Media Services desk, with a valid WPU student ID, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, for three hours (sorry, no renewals).Make sure you bring them back on time, though!  Not only are you responsible for damage or loss, but there's... read more


Does the library have old yearbooks?

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Yes!  We keep copies of the Pioneer yearbooks going back to 1941 at the reference desk, although there are some missing volumes.  Additional copies are also maintained in the University Archives, within the library, and requests for access should be directed to our archivist, Bob Wolk (973-720-2289) at least 48 hours in advance.For a complete list of available years, check the Online Catalog.Effor... read more


Where are the bathrooms?

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Possibly one of our most common questions, the library has public bathrooms available on all three levels of the building:Just outside of the main entrance to the library.On the second floor (upstairs) by the service elevator in the back corner.In the basement level hallway, behind the Library Classroom. See the Library Floorplan for the exact locations.... read more


Are there vending machines in the Library?

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Yes, the Library has a number of vending machines in the Friends Room, where you can purchase snacks and beverages.The snack machine offers candy, pastries and healthy choices, as well as headphones, USB drives.  In addition, K-Cups are available for use in the Keurig coffee maker (located in the same area).Two beverage machines are also available and offer soda, juice and bottled water.You can al... read more


How can I see a list of videos that the Library owns?

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The Library has access to thousands of movies and documentaries that are available in both traditional (VHS or DVD) and Streaming Video formats.While there's not a print list of videos, the Online Catalog can quickly generate a Current Video List of films that the Library owns.In addition, you can always search on a topic in the Online Catalog, then limit your results to the desired Format (DVD, V... read more


Does the Library have copiers?

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Yes, the library has two copiers available for student use; both located in the Friends Room.Each is able to make color or black & white copies, as well as scan to a USB drive in either PDF or image formats.Pricing varies depending on the type of copying you're doing:  Black & White copies: $.10/page Color copies: $.50/page Scanning: FREE One copier accepts Pioneer Express (or a copy card ... read more


Can I donate books or other materials to the Library?

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The library is happy to accept gifts and donations of materials. *Donations are reviewed by subject specialists and those that meet the needs of our users and the William Paterson University community may be added to our collection.  Gift materials not added to the Collection may be donated to the Friends of the Cheng Library s semi-annual Book Sale, while all other items will be discarded or dona... read more


Does the library offer tutoring?

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No.  This is not a service that the library provides, although there are a number of departments and services across campus that can help! Science Enrichment Center Academic Success Center Students of Life Mathematics Learning Center (Science Hall East 3036) Some colleges and departments (Business, Computer Science, Nursing, etc.) will also offer subject specific tutoring throughout the year, so... read more


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