The Wolak Learning Center (UC) or Online Writing Center (COCE) provides tutoring services to SNHU students:
Glossary of Library Terms
Use this glossary of common library terms to familiarize yourself with some of the words and phrases you may hear or see while searching in library resources or speaking with a librarian. For a more extensive glossary, check out Library Lingo from Colorado State University.
|Boolean Operators||Words like AND, OR, and NOT which are used in database searches to help narrow down or broaden search results. For more information on Boolean Operators and Boolean Searching (that is, searching using Boolean Operators), click here for more information.|
|Call Number||A series of numbers and letters that are assigned to each library material. Call numbers are used to organize and categorize library materials so that materials on similar topics will be found near each other on the shelves. For more information on call numbers, click here.|
|Citation||The basic information about a material such as title, author, publisher, etc.|
|Database||A collection of sources available and search-able online. Databases can include journals, ebooks, reviews, government documents, and more. Some databases are very subject specific (they only include sources about one or two subjects) while others can be very broad (they include sources about a number or all subjects). Click here to view the A - Z Database List.|
|Full Text||The entire article or material.|
|InterLibrary Loan||A service whereby patrons can request books, articles, and other materials from other libraries. For more information, check out the InterLibrary Loan page.|
|Journal||A periodical which is usually more scholarly than a magazine. Journals may or may not be peer-reviewed.|
|Magazine||A periodical which is less scholarly than a journal.|
|Online Book Catalog||Shapiro Library's online system for helping patrons find books and other library materials. Specifically, the online book catalog helps patron's find materials that are physically owned by the library, but some electronic resources can be found using the online book catalog as well. Click here to view the Online Library Catalog.|
|Peer Reviewed||Journals or other materials which have gone through a rigorous editorial process by subject experts. Journals or other materials which are peer-reviewed are scholarly. Click here for more information.|
|Primary Source||An original material or first-hand account. Click here for more information.|
|Secondary Source||A material which is once-removed from a primary source; a second-hand account or critique of an event or topic. Click here for more information.|
|Stacks||The main bookshelves in the library.|
Lederer, N. (2013, July 23). Glossary of Library Terms. Colorado State University Libraries. Retrieved January 18, 2014, from http://lib.colostate.edu/howto/gloss.html
Improving Your Reading Strategies/Skills
There are several ways you can improve your reading skills or strategy. The following list is some example ways you can improve your reading:
One popular way to increase your reading comprehension and retention is by using the SQ4R strategy. S4R stands for: Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review, & Reflect.
This strategy involves readers Surveying the text, turning what you've read into Questions, Reading the answers to your questions, Reciting what you've read aloud, Reviewing what you've read, and Reflecting on what you've learned.
The library has several books and ebooks in our collection which can help answer your questions about improving your reading skills or strategy. Check out the books, web resources, and video below for more information.
Helpful Books from the Library:
College Reading by Lee V. Kolzow; Jane Lehman
Building Strategies for College Reading by Jane L. McGrath
To find more books and ebooks on improving your reading skills or strategy, please search the Online Library Catalog.
Helpful Web Resources:
These web resources may be helpful if you need additional information about improving your reading skills or strategy. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.
Troubleshooting & Accessibility
Are you having trouble accessing library resources? Try one of the following resources to help you troubleshoot the problem and get assistance:
The library provides access to a number of books, databases, and other resources to assist you in finding a career. Check out the links below or visit our Career Resources guide for more information.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free cooperative service between libraries that provides current SNHU students, staff, faculty, and faculty emeritus access to books, articles, and other materials that Shapiro Library does not own.
Please follow these steps to request a book, book chapter, or article the library does not own through InterLibrary Loan:
For more information, please view our Policies and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Assignment calculators can help you organize and keep track of your assignments. Try one of the following calculators:
Use the links below to find technology tools and other resources to use in presentations, group projects, and more:
Most tools and resources provided here are free or include a free trial. Those resources that require a fee before any use are marked by a .
The intention of this page is to help SNHU students, faculty, and staff find tools and resources to help them in presentations, group projects, etc. Most tools and resources provided here have not been thoroughly tested or evaluated by a librarian--it is up to the student, faculty, or staff member to determine if tools and resources provided here are appropriate for academic use. Those resources that librarians have tested, evaluated, and recommend for use are marked by a .