The John Burton Library and Resource Center
The John Burton Library and Resource Center
Spring 2014 Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00pm
Located in the center of S-CAR,
The John Burton Library and Resource Center
is a place to study, to access the School and University resources, and develop skills.
Explore this page for more information about
S-CAR and University Course and Research Resources
Start at the 'Heart' of S-CAR!
- Approximately 7,000 books; 90% of which are available for loan including course textbooks. We also have course reserves.
- Books and occasional papers are available for sale. We also give away free books and literature.
- Access to technology such as transcription software and foot-pedals, livescribe recording pens and other audio/video hardware.
- We accept donations, including school supplies to be given away or reused.
- Trainings and workshops on Zotero, writing skills and other similar topics are organized and/or promoted by the John Burton Library and Resource Center.
- Help in accessing research software packages such as STATA, NVivo, SPSS.
- Media editing programs such as iMovie, Adobe CS5 Applications: Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, and Adobe Acrobat Pro
- Resources and information on access to campus services, study skills, and grants.
Research Software: The John Burton Library and Resource Center can help you access a variety of software packages for research available including Nvivo, SPSS, and Dragon Dictate among others.
Website Profiles and Promotion of S-CAR Scholarship: Showcase your academic accomplishments on S-CAR's website on your own profile page. The John Burton Library can help get you started.
Video taping and editing: The John Burton Library can assist with filming and photographing events. They can then assist you with editing software and similar resources.
IT services and GMU mailbox: Call (703) 993-8870 for assistance with your GMU mail account or to obtain an additional 20mgs of room if your inbox is full. If you are not on masonlive.com, we also recommend forwarding your GMU accounts to another email service.
Books can be checked out for a four week period. They can also be renewed up to three times if the books are brought in for renewal.
All loaned books and other materials are subject to overdue fees. After a grace period of two weeks, a fine of one dollar per week ($1/week, $2/week for technologies) will apply.
If the Library is closed, library books can be returned to an S-CAR staff member at the reception desk, 5th floor Metropolitan Building, Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm.
Please note- seriously overdue Items that are not returned by the end of the semester, may have an impact on registration and graduation capacities.
Doing Research? Contact S-CAR's Liaison Research Librarian
703.993.8267 or email@example.com
Book an appointment, attend a research methods class, or recommend a book to be purchased.
Other helpful GMU Arlington Campus Library sites:
Arlington Campus Library Conflict Resolution Portal
Arlington Campus Library Tutorials and Arlington Campus Library Workshops
Arlington Campus Library hours
S-CAR students, faculty and visiting scholars have access to five (5) libraries and/or library systems:
George Mason University Library
The Arlington Campus Library and the Fenwick and Johnson Libraries located on the Fairfax campus are the main libraries used by the S-CAR community. You can:
- Access and search the1.3 million books in the GMU Libraries- Catalog -library.gmu.edu,
- Access research tools and information,
- Speak with a Librarian through IM services,
- Access course reserves and e-reserves,
- Review and download pdf articles from one of the 600+ databases,
- Access current and back copies in hard copy or online of over 3,000 conflict related journals,
- Download an ever increasing number of e-books and electronic resources through the catalog,
- Attend Zotero workshops and research methods classes. Check out the Arlington Campus Library Tutorials and Arlington Campus Library Workshops
- Book one on one consultations with S-CAR's Liaison Research Librarians Gretchen Reynolds (Arlington Campus- firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sarah Sheehan (Fairfax Campus- 703-993- 3709 ).
- Stay up to date on the latest scholarship and research, request the purchase of new books, and access research resources through the Arlington Campus Library Conflict Resolution Portal and the infoguides.
The beautiful new Arlington Campus Library is located on the second floor of Founders Hall. Computers, study rooms and reading carols are readily available.
Speak with a reference librarian about accessing the 3,000+ books in the special "conflict resolution" collection through the catalog.
Here are the Arlington Campus Library hours.
The Law Library located in Hazel Hall on the Arlington Campus is also available for S-CAR students to use. The copy center is located in this library. in addition to copying and binding services, the copy center can print off and bind your e-reserves into a course pack for you.
Note: Books in the catalog that indicate another library campus can be delivered to a campus of your choice. To request a book to be sent to another campus you will need to log in and then fill out a form with the book information (it is recommended that you open a new window to copy and past the information from the record. Log in here). Alternatively, use the Aladin catalog (see next) to avoid filling out lengthy forms. Books and other materials are usually transfered within two - three business days.
The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC- Aladin)
George Mason University is part of a consortium of ten other universities in the Washington D.C. area. Through the Washington Reseach Library Consortium (WRLC), S-CAR members can access all libraries within the consortium. If a book is not available at one library, copies are often available at one of the other library locations.
GMU library cards are accepted at all consortium libraries. Further, all books and materials can be returned to any consortium library location.
To request books online, browse the WRLC- Aladin catalog and then click on the yellow "'sticky note'- request item" link on each record. After you have logged in once, you only need to fill in your G# and indicate which university campus you would like to pick up your books. Books and materials are usually delivered within 2- 3 business days. An email notification is usually sent informing you of the availabilty of your books for pick up.
Local Public Libraries
The S-CAR community also have access to the regional county public libraries. Often containing good resources and videos, inter library loans are also available through the individual counties. You will need to obtain a library card for the specific region you wish to take materials out, and return them to locations only within that county.
Arlington Central Library- 1015 North Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22201- Located about seven blocks from the Arlington Campus, this pleasant library also has the Foundation Grants Database, an important resource for finding grants.
Fairfax City Regional Library- 10360 North Street,Fairfax, VA 22030 - Located just off Main street and Old Lee Highway in downtown Fairfax, the regional library has a large collection of books and resources available.
WorldCAT and other Libraries
Books and information can be obtained from around the world through the WorldCAT catalog. It can be accessed electronically through the GMU Library website under the catalog tab or via this additional catalogs link. Feel free to ask a GMU librarian for assistance with navigating and finding resources within these systems. The world is yours to research...
General Academic Resources:
- S-CAR course descriptions and syllabi- see "courses and syllabi" under the Academics tab above.
- Arlington Campus Bookstore- Purchase textbooks, snacks, and GMU and S-CAR swag
- PatriotWEB - Register and check for course information
- Academic Integrity- Read up on requirements, policies and practices.
- University Life (Arlington)- Learn about presentations, important workshops and other events
At times, the following links are used or referenced in courses:
- GMU Blackboard- an online classroom connecting the professor with the students
- E-reserves- find e-readings for courses here. The professor will have the password.
- NING (Working Groups)- The S-CAR Community Network and Forum: An academic, professional, and social networking site for S-CAR.
- English Language Institute - Offers classes and support for those with English as a Second Language.
- Internships and field experiences- Contact Lisa Shaw at 703- 993-1300.
- University Dissertation and Thesis Services (UDTS)- Writing a dissertation or thesis? Planning on graduating? - look here, and book your appointment with UDTS early. This guide may also help.
Printing and Desk Resources:
- The Arlington Campus Copy Center, located in the Hazel Hall Law Library, will print off and bind e-readings into a coursepack from thumbdrive files for a few cents a page.
- Scanners and some printers are available in the John Burton Library.
- Desk office equipment including high quantity hole punchers and staplers are available for use in the John Burton Library.
- Photocopiers are available in John Burton Library and opposite the mail boxes near the Dean's office. The machines require Mason Money swipe cards (either your id card or a copy card).
Research and Methods Resources:
- Zotero - Excellent, and Free bibliographic and citation software program. Additional resource pages for Zotero include: Workshops,
- Infoguides- Advanced information on research tools and resources for students.
- Assignment Calculator - a great interactive tool to plan your research and writing projects
- Comprehensive Exam Guide- a guide for S-CAR PhD students. (to be updated soon)
- Human Subject Review Board (HSRB)- Find guidelines, forms and information to take the exam.
- Rapid reading techniques- a series of guides to reading course texts effectively and quickly.
- Parents of the Field project- Watch interviews of the founders of the field.
Resources for Students
Office of Academic Integrity
Has a variety of resources and links to information on standards for academic integrity and how to make sure you maintin them including links to examples of plagiarism and tools to avoid it.
Academic Integrity Seminar
This online seminar includes individual coaching, feedback and guidance on maintaining academic integrity. There is a fee for the seminar. Find it at http://www.academicintegrityseminar.com/
George Mason University Library Info Guide on Writing and Citing
This webpage links to guides for writing and citing in different disciplines; Style guides for APA, MLA and Chicago style citations; and information on Citation Management Tools.http://infoguides.gmu.edu/writecite
Zotero and Zotero Training
Zotero is a free citation management add on to Mozilla Firefox. It can collect citation information and link with word processing programs to provide formatted in-text citations. Training in the program is available from the university library.
Mason Writing Center
Provides individual tutoring, workshops and training on writing. There is an additional English and a Second Language support program for writing.
http://writingcenter.gmu.edu/ for appointments and information. Avoiding plagiarism guide found at http://writingcenter.gmu.edu/resources-template.php?id=1
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
English Language Institute (ELI)
Provides free workshops to non-native English speakers including: public speaking, research writing, graduate level writing, and grammer. Also offers a graduate level writing course.
go to: library.gmu.edu
Doing research? Book an appointment