Can I check out periodicals or reference books?

Periodicals, as well as references books, do not circulate.

As an alumnus, what are my library privileges?

Alumni are allowed to check out books from the circulating collection. For more information, please speak with one of our staff members at the Circulation Desk; call 305-593-1223, ext. 3131; or check the Library Policies Manual (LINK) at http://www.albizu.edu/Our-Libraries/Albizu-Library-Miami/Services.


Can I print from my personal laptop in the library?

Printing from personal laptops is not available at this time. You can save your document to a flash drive, or you can send it to your e-mail and use one of the two quick print stations to the left of the Circulation Desk.


Can I recall an item that is currently checked out?

You can recall an item that is checked out if more than one person places a recall request; individuals requesting the item will be put in a queue based on the date of the request.

Students, faculty, or staff may initiate a recall for an item at any time. Recalled books and scores will be due back on the original due date or in 2 weeks from the recall date, whichever occurs first. Multimedia materials (DVDs, CDs) may also be recalled, but the due date will not be adjusted due to the shorter loan periods. Items recalled by library staff to be placed on course reserve are due back on the original due date.

Does the library accept credit card payments for fines/fees?

Credit cards are not accepted at this time; however, you may pay your library fines with a Credit Card at the Finance Office at 305-593-1223 ext. 3109 or 3112.


Does the library have a color printer?

No, unfortunately we do not have a color printer at this time.

Does the library have copies of textbooks?

As a general rule, the library does not collect textbooks for courses offered at the university. Faculty sometimes place copies of textbooks or chapters from texts on reserve. These books are located at the Circulation Desk. To request the use of one of them, you will be asked to provide your student ID, which we will keep until the item is returned.

Can I have access to E-reserve for my class?

All E-reserves are now accessed via BlackBoard; students can access electronic reserves under the "Course Reserves" link on their course's Blackboard site.  Users log in with their Sunmail username and password.

How do you cite an entire website (but not a specific document on that site)?

When citing an entire website, you only need to give the address of the site as part of the text.

Example: Kidspsych is a wonderful interactive website for children (http://www.kidspsych.org).

(Adapted from the sixth edition of the APA Publication Manual, © 2010)

How do I cite an interview in APA style?

An interview that you conducted should be cited in text using the name of the person interviewed and as specific a date as possible:
(B. A. Barakas, personal communication, December 13, 2009)

Such an interview is not included in your reference list, since there is no recoverable information.

An interview that you did not conduct is dealt with based on how it is published. If it is published in a magazine, it is treated as a magazine article. If it part of a podcast, it is treated as a podcast. 

I need help formatting my research paper.

Chapter 2 in the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) describes how to format a research paper and include visual examples.

The APA Publication Manual is available at the Circulation Desk.

Should I include a URL in my APA citation? If so, what URL?

APA prefers that you use a Document Object Identifier (DOI) rather than a URL, but if you are using an online source and there is no DOI, you should include a URL.

The purpose of providing a URL is to allow someone else to locate your source. Since specific URLs often change, it is usually best to link to the homepage of whatever journal or organization is responsible for the content you are citing.

What is a DOI?

A Document Object Identifier (DOI) is a unique identifier for an electronic document. Unlike a URL, the DOI of a document does not change, even if that document's location does. To find a document based on its DOI, use the DOI Resolver at crossref.org. CrossRef also offers a free DOI lookup if you need to find the DOI for a paper.

For more on the thorny questions surrounding the use of DOIs and URLs in APA, see this post from the APA Style blog and also the APA's DOI and URL Flowchart. http://blog.apastyle.org/

Can I use the Interlibrary Loan Service while I am away on my internship?

Yes, the Interlibrary Loan Form (ILL) is available on our Library Page under Library Services. Complete the form, one per request, and attach a copy of the abstracts of your articles. Then, send them via e-mail to juperez@albizu.edu.

How do I pay for my Interlibrary Loan requests?

You may pay for your requests in advance at the Finance Office. For more information, call 305-593-1223, ext. 3109 or 3112.

How do I know the status of my request?

You will receive a call from the Interlibrary Loan Department letting you know your item has arrived. You can always contact the library at 305-593-1223, ext. 3220 to check on the status of existing requests.

How would I receive my requested items?

If you have requested an article, or copies from a book chapter, you will receive them via email. If you have requested a book, you will be able to pick it up at the Library Circulation Desk.

How long can I keep the ILL book?

You will be able to have the item for a period of a month. If you need it for a longer period, you may be able to keep the book for another month depending on the policy of the book’s lending institution.

How do I request a book chapter or article using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

Use the request form and enter the information requested in every field.  You may then print your request and submit it to the Library Circulation Desk.  Sometimes the lending library will opt to send the entire book. If the book does not circulate, the lending library may send a PDF copy of the chapter. Books may also be requested.

How long does it take to receive a journal article or book on interlibrary loan from another library?

Articles may take from one day to three weeks depending on how far away the item is, the method of delivery, and how many libraries own the journal title. Books take anywhere from one to three weeks, for the same reasons.


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