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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


How do I find a thesis written by a WPU student?

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The Library has a small collection of print theses by William Paterson University graduates, as well as a growing collection of online theses.Print theses are located on shelving next to the Periodicals department, at the rear of the first floor, and are arranged according to the author's last name.  This can make browsing a bit difficult, and you are encouraged to use the Online Catalog to find t... read more


Where can I find sample lesson plans?

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There are a number of places where you can find examples of lesson plans to use in your coursework: Most textbooks and many teaching aids have sample lesson plans in various formats. They will usually include objectives and procedures. Try searching the online catalog for books on your subject, and limit the results to Curriculum Materials Center. Textbooks will have call numbers beginning with... 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


Where can I find a scholarly, peer reviewed article?

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The best place to start searching for scholarly, peer reviewed articles is in one of the Library's many article databases.Start on the library homepage and select the Articles & Databases tab.  Then use the dropdown menu to select the subject area that you're researching, and press Go.Browse through the list of databases and choose one. Most databases will allow you to limit your search to just sc... 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


How do I learn to use the library?

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The library offers a number of ways that you can learn to use our many resources and services.   Many students learn about the library through a library instruction session requested by one of their professors.  Most often, this is done with First Year Seminar classes, but you may be brought to the library on multiple occasions during your time at WPU to learn new, more advanced, resources and tec... 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


What do I need to do to get a Guest Account?

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Because the Cheng Library has a tradition of offering access to non-University users, Guest Accounts are provided as a courtesy to community users, visiting scholars and University alumni. Guest Accounts are intended only for use of the of the Library’s electronic resources or to gain access to the Internet, and do not include access to or use of the University and Library wireless laptops ... 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


Is there a scanner in the Library that I can use?

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Yes!  Both of the Library's copiers are able to scan printed material into a digital format.  A flash drive is required, and one may be available to borrow from Lending Services or the Reference Desk, if you don't have one with you.There is also a dedicated Scannex machine on the counter by the Reserves Desk.  It's pretty easy to use and you can scan to a flash drive, your Google Drive or SkyDrive... 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


Can alumni borrow books from the library?

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The Cheng Library welcomes WPUNJ alumni to visit the library and make use of our main and reference collections, which can be freely used within the library.Alumni who present a valid WPUNJ Alumni Card (call 973-720-2175 or email alumni@wpunj.edu for more information) may borrow up to 30 items for 28 days (books). See Lending Services for more information.If you have additional questions about bor... read more


Does the library have a Lost & Found?

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Yes.  The library's Lost & Found is located at the Lending Services desk, just as you enter the building.  We make every effort to contact the owners of found items if identifiable information is available (name, email, etc.), especially Flash Drives.... read more


How do I book/reserve a study room for my group?

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The library has about 10 group study rooms, most of which are available on a first come, first served basis, for groups of three or more.For larger groups, the library also has two rooms that can be reserved ahead of time, for up to 3-hours.Room 226 is our largest group study room, and is available to groups of 6-12 students.  Room 110 is slightly smaller, and is set up for groups of 3-7 for pract... 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 borrow headphones?

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Yes!Media Services lends out headphones to students and employees for use with library computers or personal devices.These items are checked out to you, so be sure to bring your student ID with you when you ask for a pair.  Headphones can be borrowed for 3 hours at a time, but make sure to bring them back on time, as overdue fines apply!... read more


What programs are available on library computers in the lab?

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Library lab computers (and laptops) have a number of useful programs available, including the following: *Adobe Reader XAudacityIBM SPSS StatisticsMicrosoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Publisher)Microsoft SilverlightPowerDVD DXQuickTimeRoxio Creator DESalt SV8SASWindows Media PlayerWindows Movie MakerWinSCPNurse SquaredOur Front ERC Lab also has two Macs available.  Additional program... 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


Does the library have children's books?

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Yes!  Our Curriculum Materials Center (CurrMats or CMC) has a large collection of children's books for use in lesson planning or just for fun.Books are shelved using a modified Dewey Decimal System, and each type of book (picture, juvenile fiction, juvenile non-fiction, etc.) has a slightly different format.  Search for books using the online catalog, and limit your results Location to Curriculum ... read more


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