Library

How do I contact the Library?

Please contact Katie Thonen, Director of Library Resources at kthonen@hallmarkuniversity.edu or librarian@hallmarkuniversity.edu, or call 210-969-7508

How do I find a reference resource like a scholarly journal?

To find reference material like a scholarly journal click open the Search Library Database button at the top of this page. This takes you to the full listing of the databases available. If you know the name of the database you want to use, enter it into the search box on the right side of the screen. If you are unsure of the database name, use ProQuest One Academic as it is the most comprehensive database available. You can always come back to this page and choose a different database if needed! Once you have opened a database (it will be a green screen with a huge search bar with the words "Enter search terms...". See the FAQ for information on searching for articles or contact Katie Thonen, Director of Library Resources at librarian@hallmarkuniversity.edu, for assistance.

How do I find an article?

Once you have chosen and opened a database (see finding a reference resource above for directions). ProQuest One Academic is a great general database if you are unsure which to use! Enter your keywords into the search box and hit enter to find potential articles. Keywords are your research topic in one to two words or phrases. Narrow your results list using the filters on the left side of the results list screen. For government websites or other resources, searching tactics may vary. Contact Katie Thonen, Director of Library Resources at librarian@hallmarkuniversity.edu for assistance.

What do I do if there is no link to full text for an article?

If there is no full-text article available, you can try to look for your article through WorldCat (http://www.worldcat.org) to locate a library nearby that carries the article or, contact Katie Thonen, Director of Library Resources at librarian@hallmarkuniversity.edu, to you find the specific article, or something similar within the millions of full-text, peer-reviewed articles available through ProQuest that will fit your research needs.

How can I find information on a topic?

It should say this -There are many ways to find information on the topics you will research while at Hallmark University. A Google search can be a great place to start if you need general information on a topic. Once you have learned some basic information from Google go into the Hallmark University database system (https://hallmark.libguides.com/az.php) to find scholarly resources for your assignments. Remember that websites found through Google may not be academically sound and will not necessarily work for your class research projects/papers. Check out the Evaluating a Website guide for guidance https://hallmark.libguides.com/c.php?g=984470&p=8248233 for more information. Using the databases available through the Hallmark Library ensures your papers will be full of academically sound research. If you are unsure what database to use, have a question about a website, or need any help researching your topic, contact Katie Thonen, Director of Library Resources at librarian@hallmarkuniversity.edu for assistance.

How do I figure out which databases to use?

Each database on Hallmark University's Database and Resources page (https://hallmark.libguides.com/az.php) has a brief description covering the content available. All the databases available through the Hallmark Library have reputable and scholarly sound resources. ProQuest One Academic is a good general, comprehensive, database that offers millions of resources on thousands of topics. You can find specific databases by using the drop-down boxes near the top of the Hallmark University Database and Resource page to narrow by subject, topic, or vendor. The search bar will find database names only, so don't enter your keywords until you have selected and opened a database. Or, look in the General Research Databases or Course Resources areas to the left of the screen for staff-picked, college-specific databases. If you have any questions or issues, please contact Katie Thonen, Director of Library Resources at librarian@hallmarkuniversity.edu for assistance.

Accessing Library Resources

Search Databases
Locate articles, books, and journals for research projects and to expand your knowledge of subjects in your area of study.

View Lib Guides
Librarian generated informational guides covering student and class resources including APA style.

APA Resources
Templates and examples covering APA format for research papers, reference pages, annotated bibliographies, and all things APA.

Contact the Library

Katie Thonen
210-969-7508
Librarian@HallmarkUniversity.edu

Policies and Guidelines

Student Conduct

Please refer to the Student Information: Professional Code of Conduct section of the Hallmark University Catalog regarding student conduct within the Library setting.

Academic Honesty and Integrity

The Hallmark University Library supports the Academic Honesty policy of Hallmark University as outlined in the Catalog.

Copyright

Copyright, according to the United States Copyright Office: is a form of ownership a creator retains for their own work. It allows the creator to decide when their work can be copied, distributed, or performed. Exceptions are afforded, under the 1976 Copyright Act, such as the payments of royalties for use of copyrighted materials.

Making unauthorized copies or the use of pirated materials is prohibited. The Copyright Act extends to items located on the Internet. Though an outward symbol or statement of copyright may not be listed on the material, the copyright for a creation is always assumed, until found otherwise. For more information regarding copyright and usage of copyrighted materials please refer to the United States Copyright Office for more information, or see the Librarian for help regarding questions of copyright.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of passing off the work of others as your own. It is an act of theft of intellectual property. Whether intentional or unintentional, plagiarism is a serious offense. It can result in a failing grade or dismissal from the institution and potentially damage your professional career. In order to avoid plagiarism, it is best to utilize proper citation methods. Citing properly ensures that you give credit where credit is due and distinguish your writing from that of another scholar or source.

If you are unsure if you have plagiarized, please consult faculty about your concern before turning in a research paper. For more information concerning plagiarism please consult the Hallmark University Catalog section on Academic Honesty, the Hallmark University Library and the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) for more information.

Accessing Library Resources

Search Databases
Locate articles, books, and journals for research projects and to expand your knowledge of subjects in your area of study.

View Lib Guides
Librarian generated informational guides covering student and class resources including APA style.

APA Resources
Templates and examples covering APA format for research papers, reference pages, annotated bibliographies, and all things APA.

Contact the Library

Katie Thonen
210-969-7508
Librarian@HallmarkUniversity.edu

Research Guide

Evaluating Resources

Learning to evaluate materials such as books, articles, and websites helps the researcher to develop the skills necessary to determine the appropriateness of resources discovered during the research process. Once materials undergo evaluation, the researcher can determine if a book, article or website is suitable, credible or relevant for their paper or presentation.

The following sections contain questions to consider when evaluating a resource.

Authority and Accuracy

  • Look for author credentials (degree/education, field experience, publications, occupation).
  • Who is the publisher (university, established Publisher like McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Harper Collins etc.)?
  • What type of publication does the article appear (newspaper, scholarly journal, trade publication)?
  • Are there spelling and grammar errors?
  • Who reviews the information (editor, review board)?
  • Who does the domain belong to (.edu, .org, .gov, .net, .com)?
  • Are there citations or footnotes? Is there a table of contents? Bibliography?
  • Are there reviews about the book from other publications?

Objectivity

  • Who is the intended audience (children, engineers, doctors, students)?
  • What is the purpose of the publication (to entertain, to educate, to inform)?
  • Is the research supported by evidence?
  • What is the voice of the author (biased, impartial)?

Currency

  • How recent is the material presented (copyright date, publication date)?
  • Is the website updated frequently (CIA World Fact Book is updated daily)?
  • How recent are the works listed in the bibliography?

Coverage

  • How is the material organized?
  • Is there a logical layout of the material presented (table of contents, introduction, chapters, conclusion, index, and appendix)?
  • For a website, is it user-friendly is it easy to navigate and understand the location of information?
  • Is the information a primary, secondary or tertiary source?
Accessing Library Resources

Search Databases
Locate articles, books, and journals for research projects and to expand your knowledge of subjects in your area of study.

View Lib Guides
Librarian generated informational guides covering student and class resources including APA style.

APA Resources
Templates and examples covering APA format for research papers, reference pages, annotated bibliographies, and all things APA.

Contact the Library

Katie Thonen
210-969-7508
Librarian@HallmarkUniversity.edu

Program Resources

Aeronautics Web Resources

FAA
usa.gov
Airlines of America
American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Aviation Safety Network
Aviation Week
International Air Transport Association
International Civil Aviation Organization
National Air Transportation Association

Healthcare Web Resources

CDC
MedLine Plus
PubMed
OSHA
Merck Manual
Texas Nurses Association
Physician’s Desk Reference
flu.gov

Business Web Resources

US Census Bureau
GuideStar
Global Development Finance – World Bank
World Integrated Trade Database
FRED(Federal Reserve Economic Data)
Gapminder
Concise Encyclopedia of Economics
ITC Dataweb

Information Technology Web Resources

Cio.com
Computer World
eWeek
Information Week
PC World
Sans.org
Security Week
Tech News World
ZD Net

Library

How do I contact the Library?

Please contact Katie Thonen, Director of Library Resources at kthonen@hallmarkuniversity.edu or librarian@hallmarkuniversity.edu, or call 210-969-7508

How do I find a reference resource like a scholarly journal?

To find reference material like a scholarly journal click open the Search Library Database button at the top of this page. This takes you to the full listing of the databases available. If you know the name of the database you want to use, enter it into the search box on the right side of the screen. If you are unsure of the database name, use ProQuest One Academic as it is the most comprehensive database available. You can always come back to this page and choose a different database if needed! Once you have opened a database (it will be a green screen with a huge search bar with the words "Enter search terms...". See the FAQ for information on searching for articles or contact Katie Thonen, Director of Library Resources at librarian@hallmarkuniversity.edu, for assistance.

How do I find an article?

Once you have chosen and opened a database (see finding a reference resource above for directions). ProQuest One Academic is a great general database if you are unsure which to use! Enter your keywords into the search box and hit enter to find potential articles. Keywords are your research topic in one to two words or phrases. Narrow your results list using the filters on the left side of the results list screen. For government websites or other resources, searching tactics may vary. Contact Katie Thonen, Director of Library Resources at librarian@hallmarkuniversity.edu for assistance.

What do I do if there is no link to full text for an article?

If there is no full-text article available, you can try to look for your article through WorldCat (http://www.worldcat.org) to locate a library nearby that carries the article or, contact Katie Thonen, Director of Library Resources at librarian@hallmarkuniversity.edu, to you find the specific article, or something similar within the millions of full-text, peer-reviewed articles available through ProQuest that will fit your research needs.

How can I find information on a topic?

It should say this -There are many ways to find information on the topics you will research while at Hallmark University. A Google search can be a great place to start if you need general information on a topic. Once you have learned some basic information from Google go into the Hallmark University database system (https://hallmark.libguides.com/az.php) to find scholarly resources for your assignments. Remember that websites found through Google may not be academically sound and will not necessarily work for your class research projects/papers. Check out the Evaluating a Website guide for guidance https://hallmark.libguides.com/c.php?g=984470&p=8248233 for more information. Using the databases available through the Hallmark Library ensures your papers will be full of academically sound research. If you are unsure what database to use, have a question about a website, or need any help researching your topic, contact Katie Thonen, Director of Library Resources at librarian@hallmarkuniversity.edu for assistance.

How do I figure out which databases to use?

Each database on Hallmark University's Database and Resources page (https://hallmark.libguides.com/az.php) has a brief description covering the content available. All the databases available through the Hallmark Library have reputable and scholarly sound resources. ProQuest One Academic is a good general, comprehensive, database that offers millions of resources on thousands of topics. You can find specific databases by using the drop-down boxes near the top of the Hallmark University Database and Resource page to narrow by subject, topic, or vendor. The search bar will find database names only, so don't enter your keywords until you have selected and opened a database. Or, look in the General Research Databases or Course Resources areas to the left of the screen for staff-picked, college-specific databases. If you have any questions or issues, please contact Katie Thonen, Director of Library Resources at librarian@hallmarkuniversity.edu for assistance.