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Frequently asked questions

Do I have to pay to use the Writing Center?

No.  The Writing Center is available to you as part of your tuition and fees.

Do I need to clean my recycled material?

Yes.  Keep in mind that we are processing recyclables and not food.  Food containers do not need to be spotless but the less food on the material the better.

Do students need a sponsor?

Students may attend without a sponsor. A teacher or other sponsor is welcome to attend and may be interested in our teacher workshop.

Do we have to pay our family's share of the cost all at once?

There are ways to make your investment in a Doane College education affordable. Find out more about payment options in the business office.

Evaluate a web site

As with printed resources, you may retrieve some electronic information that is not suitable for your research topic. Ask yourself these questions to determine if a particular website or page is right for you:


  • Currency -- Is this information current? Can I find a date on the page to tell me when it was created or last revised? How stable or permanent is this information?

  • Relevance -- Is the format or medium useful or appropriate for your topic? Is it a primary, secondary or tertiary source? Is it comprehensive? Who is the intended audience?

  • Authority -- Who is the author? Whare are his or her credentials? Is the source authoritative?

  • Accuracy -- Is the information accurate? How is it printed? Is it a fact or does it show bias?

  • Purpose -- What is the purpose? Is a particular point of view expressed?

Find a journal article

Journal articles are typically located using a periodical index or online database. Generally, you will find that most libraries have online databases for locating articles, though some print periodical indexes may be found in every library. At Perkins Library, our online periodical databases are listed on this website under Articles in Databases. Databases are arranged by discipline, or you can see an alphabetical listing by clicking on Databases A-Z in the navigation bar on the left side of the page. If you have questions about using a particular database refer to the Help or Tutorial sections of the database.

Find a primary source

Primary sources are documents that provide first-hand evidence of an event or idea, such as diaries, letters, popular press accounts of events and official documents. Most people think of primary sources as being written at the time an event occurred, while secondary sources interpret the event or idea at a later date. Some sources for primary documents in Perkins Library are the government documents section, newspapers (print and online), and the databases Primary Sources in African-American History and Primary Sources in American Women's History.

Find course reserves

  • Hover the mouse over the Subject tab in the upper left corner of the page, and select Course Reserves from the drop-down menu.

  • Select the Courses button and enter the course number, course name, or professor's name. 

  • Click on your course from the results list, then click on the title you wish to see. Find the call number under the section Find a copy in the library and give this call number to the person at the circulation desk. He or she will retrieve the item and check it out to you. That's it!


 

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Do I have to pay to use the Writing Center?

No.  The Writing Center is available to you as part of your tuition and fees.

Do I need to clean my recycled material?

Yes.  Keep in mind that we are processing recyclables and not food.  Food containers do not need to be spotless but the less food on the material the better.

Do students need a sponsor?

Students may attend without a sponsor. A teacher or other sponsor is welcome to attend and may be interested in our teacher workshop.

Do we have to pay our family's share of the cost all at once?

There are ways to make your investment in a Doane College education affordable. Find out more about payment options in the business office.

Evaluate a web site

As with printed resources, you may retrieve some electronic information that is not suitable for your research topic. Ask yourself these questions to determine if a particular website or page is right for you:


  • Currency -- Is this information current? Can I find a date on the page to tell me when it was created or last revised? How stable or permanent is this information?

  • Relevance -- Is the format or medium useful or appropriate for your topic? Is it a primary, secondary or tertiary source? Is it comprehensive? Who is the intended audience?

  • Authority -- Who is the author? Whare are his or her credentials? Is the source authoritative?

  • Accuracy -- Is the information accurate? How is it printed? Is it a fact or does it show bias?

  • Purpose -- What is the purpose? Is a particular point of view expressed?

Find a journal article

Journal articles are typically located using a periodical index or online database. Generally, you will find that most libraries have online databases for locating articles, though some print periodical indexes may be found in every library. At Perkins Library, our online periodical databases are listed on this website under Articles in Databases. Databases are arranged by discipline, or you can see an alphabetical listing by clicking on Databases A-Z in the navigation bar on the left side of the page. If you have questions about using a particular database refer to the Help or Tutorial sections of the database.

Find a primary source

Primary sources are documents that provide first-hand evidence of an event or idea, such as diaries, letters, popular press accounts of events and official documents. Most people think of primary sources as being written at the time an event occurred, while secondary sources interpret the event or idea at a later date. Some sources for primary documents in Perkins Library are the government documents section, newspapers (print and online), and the databases Primary Sources in African-American History and Primary Sources in American Women's History.

Find course reserves

  • Hover the mouse over the Subject tab in the upper left corner of the page, and select Course Reserves from the drop-down menu.

  • Select the Courses button and enter the course number, course name, or professor's name. 

  • Click on your course from the results list, then click on the title you wish to see. Find the call number under the section Find a copy in the library and give this call number to the person at the circulation desk. He or she will retrieve the item and check it out to you. That's it!


 

Gmail Conversion Frequently Asked Questions

Information on Gmail access can be found here.

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