|CCE Library Collections
The College of Commerce and Economics is currently involved in building its own specialized library in the Information Center. The library holdings in the Information Center include supplementary and supportive materials to the required coursework for the college’s eight majors. Series readers and manuals are available in other support disciplines such as Business Communication, Business Law, Computer Literacy and English Language. The library collections are classified into the following five categories of material: (1) Books (reference volumes, circulation volumes, textbooks), (2) Periodicals (journal titles, newspapers, business press titles), (3) Government documents (Omani and GCC printed items), (4) ABI/INFORM® Global CD ROM database, UMI® Database (abstracts only), (5) Audio-Visual materials (videotapes, audio cassettes, floppy and compact disks)
Material is catalogued under the Library of Congress system, numerical order and stock order number.
A basic service is provided by the CCE Information Center Circulation Department for borrowing library materials, which may leave the facility. With the presentation of the proper SQU identification card, students, faculty and staff members may check out, renew, and return borrowed library material during regular hours of operation. A due date is stamped on the date due slip affixed to the catalogued material. Overdue circulation materials must be returned, processed and electronically cleared before student registration for the subsequent semester. Notices of overdue materials will be sent to faculty and staff members, or posted on the library bulletin boards for students. Reference books, newspapers, current business press items (magazines), and materials from Special Collections do not circulate.
Circulation of Materials
Use of Materials
Responsible care of materials used within the Information Center is expected. No food or drink should be consumed in the Information Center building. Users are responsible for any loss, damage or mutilation of borrowed/used materials or equipment that belongs to the Information Center. If an item cannot be located, or the use of materials and machines requires special expertise, ask Information Center staff and technicians for help. The Information Center staff are available for assistance in answering general reference questions and in using different catalogues and computerized search systems, in addition to giving instructions concerning the usage of the Center equipment. Users should not re-shelf reading items; Library clerks will collect the items from reading tables and re-shelf them properly everyday. If the material you have checked out is lost, damaged, stolen or misplaced, notify library staff immediately. There are additional items (such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, yearbooks, statistical compilations, and directories) shelved by subject in the Reference Section on the first floor of the Main Library (Extension 1524).
Audio Visual Materials and Equipment
Videotapes, audiocassettes, floppy and compact disks may also be checked out for usage within the college. Faculty members and students are encouraged to contact the Information Center technicians for equipment reservations. Slide carousels, data projectors, mobile VCR’s and TV’s and portable CPUs are available. Additional materials and services are also available through the university Center for Educational Technology (CET). However, requests should be made in advance to the CET staff members in the Information Center on the proper forms.
A Primer for New Students Before you enter the library…· Consult your text, syllabus, and in-class instructions for specific guidelines. Write down everything you already know about your topic. List what you need to know. Compose a list of possible search words as you narrow your area of study.
To find materials for a research project…· Bring paper, ID card, pencils, eraser, note cards, money for copy machines. Consult reference materials for definitions and an overview of your topic. Do a key word search for available library holdings. Scan the shelves and tables of contents or indexes of books, which may prove useful in your search. Use databases for abstracts and full articles. Access relevant web sites on the Internet for additional material. Consult a librarian or technician for additional help.
To record information…· Copy and print all information that seems useful, carefully noting all author’s full name(s), publishing information (company name, date, city, state & country), identification numbers (for government documents), and any page, volume, series, edition or issue numbers available. · Take care in recording directly from original sources. If copying by hand on to note cards, use quotation marks and double check for spelling, numbers and word usage. Many scholars paraphrase as a second step before incorporating material.
To collect original data…· Do not overlook information gained by scanning available trade journals, newspapers, annual reports, government documents and company brochures; and then compile statistical overviews of numbers of items found by type.· Utilize taped and transcribed interviews, class lectures and radio or television material. Extrapolated information from training tapes, advertising, literature, and non-business sources can be useful for examples or graphic representations.
Well-crafted surveys and questionnaires can also provide the serious researcher with valuable