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NoodleTools – Bibliography Software

September 12, 2011

Students, you now have access to NoodleTools, a robust bibliography creation tool that parses citations into APA, Chicago, and MLA formats.

You can enter the necessary information into NoodleTools, then export the automatically formatted bibliography to your Word document. NoodleTools does not simply create the bibliography for you, raather it prompts you for the right information so that you learn the citation format as you go. With the proper data, the bibliographies that it creates are near 100% accurate, something that RefWorks and EndNote rarely achieve.

NOTE: Each user must create a personal account. From on campus, click the “Create a Personal ID” button on the login screen. If you enter NoodleTools from off-campus, you will be prompted to log in to the subscription when you click “Create a Personal ID.”

More titles are now available in JSTOR

August 29, 2011

Ramaker Library now offers even more journal articles through JSTOR.  This past summer, we added two more collections in the Arts & Sciences area, plus we added the complete Life Sciences collection.  New disciplines covered include biology, education, and nursing. Because of its broad range of coverage, JSTOR can be used for almost any discipline.

JSTOR, one of the library’s most-used databases, is popular for a number of reasons:

  1. It includes full-text articles.
  2. It has broad coverage; while the most recent years (typically the past 3-5 years) are not available through JSTOR, most journals begin coverage at Volume 1, Issue 1.
  3. Only scholarly journals, not newspapers or general magazines, are indexed.
  4. It covers a wide range of disciplines, include arts and humanities, education, natural sciences, and social sciences.

If you have any questions, please contact the library.

101 Encyclopedias

August 29, 2011

Well, not quite, as our summer acquisition of new reference products included a few dictionaries. But we nonetheless added an impressive number of online encyclopedias to replace or supplement parts of our print collection. These new reference titles include but are not limited to (on campus or E-Z Proxy access only):

The entirety of the reference products will be available on Ramaker’s homepage as soon as a few updates to our reference services section are complete.

Newest Tool – Opposing Viewpoints in Context

August 22, 2011

Ramaker Library’s staff is pleased to announce that Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC) is the latest in a series of general reference sources to join our online offerings. OVIC is a broad collection of well written and passionately argued viewpoints on today’s most divisive social issues, including offshore drilling, climate change, health care, and immigration. The 14,000+ pro/con essays are media-rich, easily searchable by keyword, and tailored to undergraduate curricula.

Previously, this resource was only available to the NWC community in monographic form. The electronic presentation supplements the text with hundreds of biographies and court case overviews, thousands of statistical tables and podcasts, tens of thousands of images, as well as a curriculum standards search tool.

You can access OVIC here from on campus.

A celebration for Denise

May 11, 2011

Denise Sneller
Please join us today at Ramaker from 10 – 11:30 am for a recognition reception for Denise Sneller.  Denise has served Ramaker Library for 21 years, greeting countless students at the circulation desk and supervising hundreds of workstudy employees.  We will miss Denise greatly, but we wish her the best for her retirement.

Important Interlibrary Loan Dates

April 28, 2011

Students, please keep these important ILL dates in mind as the semester draws to a close.

All ILL materials are due

May 6.*

Loan requests will be processed until

April 29.

Articles may still be requested until

May 4.

*If you need an item longer for a specific reason, you must contact the ILL coordinator for approval or you will be charged a $1 fine per day that the item is not returned.

Library Hours – Spring Break

March 4, 2011
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Day of Learning in Community Hours & Session

February 15, 2011

Please note that Ramaker Library will be closed on Wednesday, February 16th until 4:00 PM for the Day of Learning in Community. We will be open from 4:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. that day, and a reference librarian will be available from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Four members of the library staff are presenting a session for the Day of Learning. The topic is Gatekeepers of Intellectual Freedom, and the panel-style discussion will investigate how librarians balance the ideals of intellectual freedom with Christian principles.  Our discussion is at 1:00 p.m. in VPH 126.

Excellent Book

January 26, 2011





I recently finished reading an amazing book “My Name is Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok. Chaim Potok is a well known author, famous for his award winning book, “The Chosen”. Asher is an observant Jew living in postwar Brooklyn and he was born with a gift in art. He loved color, line, texture and form and he saw it  everywhere he went. Over time his passion for drawing and painting creates conflict between the rites and rituals of his Jewish faith, a faith devoted to righteousness. Worst of all, his craze for art estranges him from his devout parents whom he loves very much. I highly recommend this well written novel and am anxious to begin the sequel, “The Gift of Asher Lev”.

New Document Delivery Service for Faculty

January 24, 2011

Faculty members, today we begin our new document delivery service.  We will now bring materials from the library straight to your office – doesn’t that sound nice in these cold temps?

To learn more, check out the document delivery page on our web site.  If you have any questions, please contact Kalie Vanderzyden.

New Multicultural DVDs at Ramaker

January 11, 2011

You probably already know that we have lots of books (110,000 or so) and shelf upon shelf of serials (~27,000 bound volumes). But did you know that we also have dozens of newer DVDs that might grab your interest. While the collection doesn’t rival the book collection in terms of quantity, it too offers a lot of variety, from Hollywood to indie to foreign titles. The theme of the collection is “Multicultural,” meaning that we build this collection with the aim of introducing students, faculty, staff and community patrons to filmic representations of multicultural issues. Put another way, our hope is that the movies end up presenting you with issues and scenes that exceed the cultural, social, aesthetic, and linguistic expectations of your average movie-going audience.

Multicultural Rack

Here are some recently added titles:

Schreiber, Lev. Everything is Illuminated (2005).

“A young American man (played by Elijah Wood), with the help of a local who speaks weirdly broken English, journeys to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village that was ultimately razed by the Nazis.”

Zwick, Edward. Defiance (2008).

“The deep forests of Poland and Belorussia are the domain of the occupying Germans during World War II. The three Bielski brothers go into the forests to undertake the impossible task of foraging for food, weapons and survival, not just for themselves but for a large mass of Polish Jews fleeing from the German war machine. The brothers, living with the fear of discovery, must contend with neighboring Soviet partisans and deciding whom to trust. They take on the responsibility of guardians and motivate hundreds of women, men, children and elderly to join their fight against the Nazi regime while hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold, unforgiving forest. At the same time, the brothers turn a band of war defectors into powerful freedom fighters. Based on true events.”

Zwick, Edward. Blood Diamond (2006).

“Danny Archer (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is an ex-mercenary turned smuggler. Solomon Vandy is a local Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join together for two dangerous missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman’s son. The son was conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed across the alternately beautiful and ravaged countryside.”

Merry Christmas!

December 16, 2010

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas!

“. . . I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people:  for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2:10-11

Late Nights @ Ramaker

December 15, 2010

Tonight & tomorrow we’re still offering up tasty snacks and warm drinks at Ramaker Library.  Come over any time between 6 and 9:30pm to enjoy!

Also, we’ve had some requests for our apple cider recipe.  Here you go!

Cinnamon Apple Cider

Add 4 cups of water to a large coffee urn, then turn the urn on.  Add 1/2 cup of cinnamon red hots and 1 cup of brown sugar to the urn; stir to dissolve.  Then add 1 gallon of apple cider and 3 cinnamon sticks.  Wait 20 minutes, then serve.



EXTENDED Library Hours

December 6, 2010

Need some extra study time in the library over the next two weeks?   Well you’ve got it!   The library will be open until 2:00am Mon-Friday of this week and 2:00am Sun-Wed. of finals week.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2010

President Nixon & a turkey he pardoned

Ramaker will be open the following hours during the Thanksgiving holiday:

Monday, November 22: 7:30am – 12:00am
Tuesday, November 23: 7:30am – 4:30pm
Wednesday, November 24: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Thursday, November 25: Closed
Friday, November 26: Closed
Saturday, November 27: Closed
Sunday, November 28: 6:00pm – 12:00am

Enjoy your break.