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How do I create an IRC account?

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If you would like to directly request books that the IRC does not have - or if you want to see what IRC books you have checked out, renew online, etc, here's how:   Create an IRC Catalog Account / Renew and Request Online From the IRC home page Link to "My Account" (next to "Catalog" on left side) Link to "Create New Account" (below "Login") Fill in both "Basic Information" and "Library Account I ... read more


Does the IRC have e-books?

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Yes! We have several collections of ebooks. We have them listed on our ebook guide. Most of the collections (with the exception of the Magic Wall) can be searched at once using the search box on the IRC homepage. Due to the type of collection that the Magic Wall is, it must be searched by itself, either on the website or through the app.


Where is the MSI Research Guide?

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The MSI Research Guide has links to the resources and the search tips that were discussed in class. Start at the IRC Homepage: http://staff.imsa.edu/irc Click on Research Guides Scroll to Science & select MSI


How can I tell if IMSA's IRC has electronic or online access to a journal?

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To find if the IRC has electronic or online access to a particular journal: Start at the IRC homepage: http://staff.imsa.edu/irc/ Click on Databases & E-Journals On the right hand column, click on Browse and Find E-Journals accessible through IRC Research Databases If we don't have access to a particular journal, please contact the IRC to interlibrary loan particular articles.


What is I-Share?

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I-Share is the name of the consortium of 85+ college and university libraries that we share our book catalog with. We can quickly & easily order books from them, as long as you have set up an account.


How do I find databases that cover specific subject areas?

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Start at the IRC Homepage: http://staff.imsa.edu/irc/ Click on Databases and E-Journals Look for the box that says "All Subjects" Use the drop down menu to select your subject of interest  


Can I use the databases if I am not at IMSA?

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Yes! When you are off-campus and click on a library resource link, you will be prompted to login with your IMSA information. This is the same information you use to login to your IMSA email, etc. E-mail irc@imsa.edu if you have any problems.


Why can't I link to some of the full-text of articles from Google Scholar when I'm at home? I can when I'm at IMSA.

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You may have noticed that when you search Google Scholar at IMSA, you can link to articles in the IRC's databases, which will provide you with many full-text articles (not just the citation or a link to buy the article!). That is because Google Scholar knows from your IP address that you are at IMSA & you have access to IRC databases. If you are at home, you will need to tell Google Scholar that y ... read more


Where is the SIR Research Guide?

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The MSI Research Guide has links to the resources and the search tips that were discussed in class. Start at the IRC Homepage: http://staff.imsa.edu/irc Click on Research Guides Scroll to SIR and select SIR - Student Inquiry and Research


What is the best way to search the databases?

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Use strong keywords: Pick out the most important words/concepts in your research question. Use keywords such as those experts and scholars would use. These are usually nouns Avoid terms that can be used in many settings (like effect, impact, develop) Use Advanced Search and group keywords by concept: Use OR between synonyms (expands your results); use AND to combine different subjects (nar ... read more


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