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I’m not a student, but can I still use the library?

Anyone can come and read in the library.  However, only people who have an updated library card can use our computer terminals.  If you are not a student or employee of Bainbridge College, you can obtain a library card as a Community Patron.  This gives you circulating privileges of the books we carry in the library, but only two can be checked out at a time. 
No one can use the computer who does not hold a Bainbridge College library card.  Please remember that no children/teenagers are to be left unattended in the library.  Unattended children/teenagers are not permitted access to the computers.

How do I look for a book?

Bainbridge College’s book collections and other collections are listed in the GIL Online Catalog.  You can search the catalog by author, title, or subject, or keyword.  The catalog also lists other items owned by the library, including periodicals, video cassettes and audio cassettes.

For books that the library does not own, you can check the Universal Catalog which connects you to all the libraries in the University System of Georgia.  These books can be requested through GIL Express and are available a few days after the request.  For periodicals, articles can be requested using Interlibrary Loan at either the circulation desk or by submitting the form online.  Just remember, you must always have a library ID card to use the library or any of the library services.

How long can I borrow a book?

All students can check out an unlimited number of books for a 4 week period and each book can be renewed twice.  Some items that the instructors have on reserve can also be checked out for periods of 48 hours to 7 days at a time.  All other reserve material and all reference material cannot be taken out of the library.  Community patrons can also check out books for a 4 week period but can only check out 2 books at a time.

How do I access my account?

From the library homepage, click on Online Catalog (GIL).  On the right hand side of the page is an option for Access My GIL Account.  Click this, make sure your Home Institution is Bainbridge College, enter your library barcode or Social Security Number, and your last name, then click Logon.  This will take you to your account where you can see all the books you have checked out, renew them online, see if you have any overdue fees, and check on the status of anything requested through GIL Express.

How can I renew books online?

After you have logged into your account scroll down to the section titled Items Checked Out.  This section will show everything that you have checked out from our library and any books you have checked out through GIL Express.  Next to each book is a box marked Renew?.  Simply click this box and then click Renew Items.  This will renew any material that you checked and will display the new date that it is due under Status.

What happens if I forgot to bring a book back and it is overdue?

Once a book becomes overdue, a hold is automatically placed on your account through Banner.  This hold prevents you from doing many things at Bainbridge College, such as registering for classes, receiving financial aid, checking out library books, or requesting items through Interlibrary Loan or GIL Express.  The one thing that you need to do is get the book turned into us as soon as possible.  When the book is returned the hold will be taken off of your account.  We currently do not charge late fees for books, but if the book is lost or damaged you will have to pay a $35 processing fee and what it will cost the library to replace the book.

How can I use GALILEO?

To access GALILEO go to the library site from www.bainbridge.edu. On the left hand side, click on GALILEO On-Line.  This will take you directly to the GALILEO Search Page.  From this page you can enter your search term into the GALILEO Quick Search and this will pull up information from all the sources, but this may be more than you need.  One of the best ways to get information is to click on Databases From A-Z and then select Academic Search Premier.  This database will get you information from a variety of topics in many subject areas.  The best thing to do is on the initial search page click Full-text and Scholarly (Peer Reviewed).  This makes sure that you will get everything that is needed in your class.

How do I get the GALILEO password to get into the online databases from home?

To remotely access GALILEO you will need a password which can be obtained by going to the Bainbridge College website, click on the Library tab, then the tab for Online Catalog (GIL).  Click on Access My GIL Account, then make sure the Home Institution is Bainbridge College, enter your library barcode number or social security number, and then your last name.  Click Logon and this will give you all the information you need.

What’s the difference between the GALILEO databases and the Internet?

The GALILEO databases contain specially selected periodicals that have been reviewed by experts in the field.  The Internet is open for anyone to post information.  Therefore, the information may or may not be accurate.  Some good reference material can be located on the Internet, particularly Google’s specialized sites.  Scholar.google.com connects you to scholarly material that may or may not be found in the library.  www.google.com/unclesam also connects you to relevant information in government documents.  The best databases to trust are those ending in .org, .gov, or .edu as they reflect the US government, specialized organizations, or schools.

Can I print anything off the computers in the library?

We currently allow printing from all of our computers to Bainbridge College students at no charge.  However, to continue to receive free printing you need to make sure that you only print the information that you need and that is related to research or class work.  However, to help cut down on printing excesses, you can only print 10 pages at a time.  For example you need to print an article for a research paper that is 24 pages, you would need to click file and print and next to the Pages option enter 1-10, repeat the process and put in 11-20, and then 21-24.  That will ensure that you get the entire article.  If you need to print more than one copy of a paper, you have to print each copy separately.  If you enter that you need 3 copies, no copies will print.

What material can I access on the Internet?

All material accessed on the Internet is to be for research purposes only.  Any viewing of pornographic material is strictly forbidden.  It is a form of sexual harassment and will not be tolerated.

I’m working on an assignment and need to save it, what’s the best way to save a document?

The best way to save documents is to invest in a USB flash drive.  The flash drives open documents easily and have memory up to 1GB so one flash drive can hold all of your material from college.  Our computers still have the A-drive to allow you to save on floppy disks.  However, frequently our computers are not compatible with the floppy disks (A-drive), so information cannot be saved.

What is the difference between scholarly and popular articles?

Scholarly material is intended to provide research findings to professors and students that can stimulate discussions.  The authors of these articles are experts in their field.  Scholarly sources are accurate and detailed based on the results of tests or in-depth research in a subject area.  Scholarly articles always have sources documented in a bibliography or works cited.

Popular material is designed to entertain rather than inform and is intended for everyone to read.  Popular sources use a lot of illustrations and exciting headlines in easy to understand language, and usually do not document sources.

What are call numbers?

Call numbers are the addresses for each book and where they are located in the library.  Bainbridge College uses the Library of Congress system which groups books together by subject using letters and numbers.  These numbers are listed in the online catalog when you select the book you want, and they are also marked on each book.

When I get the call number how do I find the book in the library?

The books are shelved alphabetically by the first letter in the call number, followed by the second letter.  Books that start with the same letters, such as DA, are placed in order according to the number that follows – DA5 comes before DA6.  Books are next ordered by the letter on the second line, and then by the decimal number – for example .D45 comes before .D5.  If you have any problems locating any books, please come to the circulation desk and a member of the library staff will be happy to help you. 

What is plagiarism and what can I do about it?
Plagiarism is when you present someone else’s work as if it were your own.  You need to make sure that you document everything that you get information from, including if you re-wrote the information in a different way.  Just remember that you can get in a lot of trouble if caught plagiarizing, including being expelled from the school.

How can I find out about citing material for a paper?

The library has several books available at the circulation desk instructing you on how to cite using either MLA, APA, or the Chicago Style.  These books can be signed out, viewed and photocopied in the library but are not permitted to leave the building.  We do have some handouts on each of the styles that you are free to take, simply ask at the circulation desk.