Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions and their answers:
To start using JSTOR, go to Marymount Manhattan’s website > Quick Links > Library, and then look on the right for the button that says databases. Click on it, and up comes an alphabetical list of databases. If you’re off campus, outside MMC’s security bubble, you may have to enter your screen name (just the name part, not the @mmc part) and password before you can see the databases.
JSTOR focuses on keyword searches. You’d begin your search by typing in the keywords. JSTOR has one search box (advanced search gives you more options) so you may want to put only short phrases in the box. For example, if you look for birthright citizenship, which is the concept that you’re a citizen of the place where you’re born, you may also try the phrase jus sangue, which is Latin for the same idea.
JSTOR defaults to giving you only scholarly articles and only articles for which it has full text available.
MMC uses the Library of Congress catalog system. The Library of Congress combines letters and numbers to create a code. The code for Litterature starts with the letter “P”. Then comes a letter for language group; for example, Greek plays are “PA”. Then comes numbers that usually indicate a time period; Contemporary American literature is “PS” 3600 and up. Then comes more letters B and numbers for specific authors in that time period, so playwrights are mixed in with poets and novelists. MMC has literally thousands of books on its literature shelves, so it’s best to check the catalog.
To find plays search the library catalog (Mamacat). The page is located here at this address https://mmm.waldo.kohalibrary.com/(opens in a new tab)
If the play is in book form you can search by the following:
Author: Parks, Suzan-Lori
Yes, students can print materials and make copies at the library. The library has two dedicated photocopiers and two dedicated printers.
Printing at the library can be done via the local option from any of the library machines or by using the online printing option. The online printing option is located on the quick links menu. It requires users to log in with their network ID and password.
Photocopying does not require a login. However, students should observe all copyright laws and can see a reference librarian for questions about copyright and fair use.
One way to start scholarly information flowing is to use Google Scholar ( https://scholar.google.com/) Please select Marymount Manhattan College as your library via the settings tab when off campus.
When using Google Scholar, there are two radio buttons beneath the logo. One says “Articles” and the other says “Case law.” Make sure the radio buttons you want are black.
Please be attentive to the keywords that you use. You may want to run the search with different synonyms.
This helps to control your Google Scholar tidal wave so you do not have to eyeball every citation If you look on the left of the screen you will see Google Scholar has given you some choices as to whether you want things from this year, or the past two or three years. You may also customize the date range.
To find scholarly/peer-reviewed articles in a library database first go to the MMC library homepage. Next click on the database list. Select a database by title or subject. Using the option, select Peer-Reviewed or Scholarly Journal. Type your keywords in the search box In the results list, look for a PDF or full-text links to the article title then click on the link to access the full article if available (if not available please see a librarian or complete Inter-library loan form(opens in a new tab)). If the article is not attached to the citation, use the Journals A-Z to see if it’s in another database, and the use the catalog to see the has it as hardcopy.
To find a reserve item, search here: https://mmm.waldo.kohalibrary.com/app/course-reserves(opens in a new tab) An item can be located by using an instructor’s last name, course name, or title of the book being used.
Yes, to inquire about job availability, please email Jon Arevalo at email@example.com. The library hires students for both the media center and the circulation desk.
Yes, the library requires that every student present a current MMC ID to check out items. Using your MMC ID card is the only way to guarantee that we are accessing the correct record. In addition, signing a waiver form for the laptop checkout is required.
Yes, please see the librarian at the reference desk. They will assist with the scanning of your document.
The Media Center is located on the first floor of the library in the Nugent building.
To start using Academic Search Premier, go to Marymount Manhattan’s website > Quick Links > Library, and then look on the right for the button that says databases. Click on it, and up comes an alphabetical list of databases. If you’re off-campus, outside MMC’s security bubble, you will have to enter your screen name (just the name part, not the @mmc part) and password before you can use the databases. Instructions are located here (https://www.mmm.edu/offices/library/off-campus-access/) A little trick to maximize Academic Search Premier. When you get to the webpage, you’ll see on the top just above the search boxes a link that says Choose Databases. Click on that link and a little box comes up listing all the databases from the company that provides us with Academic Search Premier. Click on Search All, and Ok. That way, you get all the resources of this database company (which is called Ebsohost) without having to search multiple databases. Ebscohost focuses on keyword searches, so, once again, you’d begin your search by typing in the keywords. You can filter the search by date, topic, keyword, and database by looking on the left.
Often a citation is the most valuable piece of the puzzle when searching for a particular article it provides a direct link to that sought-after piece of academic work. For example, suppose that when you’re hunting for sources for the essay on incarceration as the new Jim Crow, someone suggests you consult Ta-Nehsi Coates’ Between the World and Me. You can’t find it at MMC, but someone tells you that before it was a book, a good piece of it appeared as an article in The Atlantic Monthly. You go to MMC > Quick Links > Library and look on the right for E-Journals A-Z. When you click on that button, up comes a search box. You click on the radio button for Journals Only, because you know you’re looking for a journal. Then enter the journal title. Up comes the information that The Atlantic Monthly is available from 1993 to the present via Academic Search Premier. You follow the link to Academic Search Premier. Click on Search within this publication, and enter the information you have: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Between the World and Me. Up comes a link to the part of the book that was published in this magazine, under the title “Letter to My Son.” In addition, not every article is accessible via the MMC library please fill out an Inter-Library Loan form and/or see a librarian.
- Go to http://www.mmm.edu(opens in a new tab)
- Journals A-Z (among the buttons on the right side of the web page)
- Click on the radio button to limit the search to Journals only
- Type in the name of the journal
The program will tell you whether the journal is available online in any of MMC’s databases. Check the dates to be sure the particular issue you’re interested in is available, and follow the links. This could save you a lot of time waiting for inter-library loans.
Please use the following directions to renew your subscription:
Please click on this link to reactivate: https://nytimesineducation.com/access-nyt/marymount-manhattan-college-new-york-ny/(opens in a new tab)
Please contact a librarian if you have any questions.
To get access to the New York Times please follow these directions:
We now have access to NY Times.com Academic Pass, which gives us complimentary access to nytimes.com (no more monthly article limits and paywalls). To participate, you must first create an account using the following link:
Once you create that account (using your MMC email), you can then logon to the NY Times website and no longer have your access limited.
The guest WIFI is:
To schedule a librarian for your class please contact Tammy Wofsey via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 212-774-4803.
The first floor of the library is for group work and quiet conversation. The second floor of the library is quiet study only.