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FTS 100: Desire, Aesthetic, and Architecture
Welcome to the Library! The Library provides many services to you: study space, computer labs, personalized research assistance and, of course, access to countless books, articles, and other information sources. You'll get to know the Library very well over the course of your four years at Gustavus. There's a lot to learn about library research - we'll build a solid foundation in FTS, focusing on research skills that you'll use for your college career and beyond!
Asking for Help
Above all else, never be afraid to ask for help in the Library. We're here to help you find the best sources for your papers and projects, help you navigate any snags you encounter, and answer any questions you have about research & library resources. Stop by the Reference Desk (located near the eclassroom on the main floor) to talk with a librarian - that's why we're here! Use this course page to identify particular resources of use to your research in this class. You are always welcome to contact Julie directly with any questions - my contact information is at the bottom of this page. Good luck and have fun!
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Reference books are great resources to consult at various points during your research. They provide you with background information, help you brainstorm search terms, clarify topics, and often offer lists of recommended reading. All Reference Books are shelved on the main (second) floor of the Library on the side of the building facing Ring Road.
- Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture
Presents over 1,000 articles on the visual arts in the classical world. Includes bibliographies.
Location(s): Ref N5610 .G76 2007 (2 vols.)
- Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture
Presents over 1,000 entries on Islamic art and architecture. Includes bibliographies.
Location(s): Ref N 6260 .G75 2009 (3 vols.)
- Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture
Provides a biographical dictionary of architects and a chronological survey of architecture and the history of ideas.
Location(s): Ref NA 40 .I45 1991
- Oxford Companion to Christian Art and Architecture
Intended to fill in gaps in cultural knowledge, this work illuminates the symbolism and context of Christian art. Brief articles address figures in Biblical and church history, religious concepts that bear on artistic expression, artifacts, places of significance, relevant events in church history, and so on.
Location(s): Ref N 7830 .M87 1996
Our library uses the Library of Congress classification system to organize our books. You'll need a book's call number to locate it on the shelves; search the MnPALS catalog to find call numbers for books. There are various signs around the library to direct you to the right place, including on the sides of shelves and the directory across from the Circulation Desk. Ask at the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk for assistance.
- MnPALS Plus
The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.
If you have an article citation and can't find the full text in a database, use the Journal Locator to see if Gustavus owns a print copy of the article OR if it is available through another database. Be sure to search the Journal Locator with the title of the journal, not the article title.
- Academic Search Premier
The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
- Expanded Academic ASAP
This multi-disciplinary database covers subjects from the arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology. It includes scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers, many with full text and images. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
Useful Library Resources
Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
Need an article that Gustavus doesn't own? Wondering how to cite your sources? Need a refresher on evaluating websites? Check out these resources!
- Assignment Calculator
The Assignment Calculator can help you stay on track as you research and write an assignment. Just enter your start date and due date, and the Assignment Calculator will suggest tips and deadlines for completing the steps of the research and writing process. Based on the original Assignment Calculator from the University of Minnesota.
- Citing Your Sources
Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.
- Evaluating Web Sites (and other resources)
Tips on how to recognize reliable sources by evaluating them based on authority, scope, currency, accuracy, and commercialism.
- Interlibrary Loan
Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
Location(s): Library - Main Floor
- Scholarly vs. Popular vs. Trade
Provides criteria for distinguishing between scholarly journals, popular magazine, and trade publications. From the North Carolina State University Libraries.
- Reference Desk
Need additional assistance? Stop by the reference desk. Librarians can point you to the best resources for your research project.
During the academic year, the reference desk is staffed six days a week except during holidays and breaks. When classes are in session, reference librarians are available at the following times:
Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00.
You can also e-mail a librarian (email@example.com) or IM/Chat with a librarian.
I'm happy to meet with you at any time to chat about your research. I can suggest additional sources, advanced search techniques, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call x7566.
Page Coordinator: Anna Hulseberg email@example.com
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