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Jackson Library BLOG
Completed in 2002, the state-of-the-art Jackson Library is the center of academic inquiry and discovery on campus. The two-story, 16,000 square foot facility contains over 17,000 volumes and subscriptions to over 100 periodicals and newspapers. The library web page links students to a virtual library of thousands of online resources that support and enrich the curriculum.
Students dig-in, buckle-down, team-up and kick-back to research, study and read in the expansive, light-drenched reference room, individual study carrels, quiet reading room and small group study rooms of the Jackson Library. Lower School students enjoy the friendly, exciting atmosphere in the Katz Lower School Library. An integral component of Berwick's academic experience, the library program fosters information literacy, literature appreciation and lifelong learning through a variety of classes and activities.
Computers, both hard-wired and wireless, provide access to the rich resources of online databases and the Internet. Access to these same resources and the library's catalog are available from any computer on campus and from home computers. In addition, the library is a member of the Southern Maine Library District providing access to the resources of state, regional and national libraries through the SMLD interlibrary loan program.
Frequently Asked Library Questions
|Q. ||How do I search the Jackson Library Catalog?|
|A. ||Quick Search |
Enter keyword or phrase. Click "Search" to search all categories.
Enter author last name. Click "Author" to perform an author search.
Enter a subject. Click "Subject" to perform a subject search.
NOTE: Subject searches require knowledge of appropriate Library of Congress subject headings.
Enter up to 3 keywords, names or phrases.
Limit search for each term with pull-down menu.
Link terms with AND, OR, NOT.
|Q. ||How do I find an article in a journal, a magazine, or a newspaper?|
|A. ||Are you looking for complete articles (full-text) or article citations on a particular topic? |
Search one of the Online Databases. The choice of database depends on your topic and whether you are looking for an article in a scholarly journal, a popular magazine or a newspaper. Learn which database is best for your purpose by reading the description of the database or by asking a librarian. [online databases link]
Do you have an article's citation (author, title, journal/magazine name, issue, dates, pages) and need full text of that article?
Search one of the Online Databases by publication name (e.g. Newsweek) to access the issue with the article or use advanced search to identify the article by title, author, and source (journal/magazine/newspaper name).
Full-text is available for most articles but not all, especially those published pre-1989. The library has back issues of some periodicals or you may request Interlibrary Loan for a photocopy.
|Q. ||How do I find a reliable website?|
|A. ||First, ask yourself: |
"Would an online database or print source would be a better choice to find the information I need"?
Anyone can publish a web page.
There are over 108 million website and that number nearly doubles annually.
Search engines access only a small portion of information available through the Internet.
|Q. ||How do I cite sources?|
|A. ||The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 4th edition and Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 6th edition are in the library's reference collection. |
To take the pain out of compiling a bibliography, try NoodleBib. Learn how to use it and never fret over citation style again! Ask a librarian for help.
NoodleBib prompts you for required citation elements for online and print sources and then creates a properly formatted and alphabetized bibliography. Save your bibliography online for 3 months or extend the save feature to 12 months. Print your bibliography directly from the web page or save as an RTF file and print from Microsoft Word. The MLA Junior feature is terrific for younger students.
|Q. ||How do I request an interlibary loan?|
|A. ||Books and periodical articles not found in the Jackson Library may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan. Complete the ILL form and give it to a library staff member. If you have difficulty completing the form ask for help. |
Interlibrary loan takes time. Before requesting ILL, check your local public library for the material you need. This will be faster than waiting for an ILL. Most ILL takes two or three weeks to receive.
After you have requested an ILL, check back in the library after 7-10 days to see if it has arrived.
Meet the Jackson Library Staff
Upper School Librarian; Director of Innovation