This guide contains resources to help you find and evaluate sources, as well as general information about using the Library. Take some time to wander the space, get to know various study areas and browse our books, movies and magazines. Don't hesitate to ask at the Library's Information Desk if you have any questions - or send me an email. My contact information is below my picture and I love hearing from students.
Here are some key resources that you'll be using for your coursework. Be sure to browse the rest of the guide, too, for general information about the library itself:
We'll use these links during our library session on September 13.
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PART ONE (pick one):
To find books in our library, search the Library Catalog - you can also search directly via the search box on the library's homepage.
When you find books that look useful, write down the Location & the Call Number.
General Collection, call numbers A - PQ are on the Third Floor
General Collection, call numbers PR - Z are on the Second (Main) Floor
Oversize are on the Third Floor, Beck Hall side
Reference are on the Second (Main) Floor, Beck Hall side
Browsing are on the Second (Main) Floor near the entrance
Young Adult & Children's Books are on the First Floor
AV materials (DVDs, etc) are on the First Floor
Once you are in the right area, signs on the sides of the shelves will direct you further. The system is a little tricky to figure out at first, so don't hesitate to ask for directions at the Information Desk (main floor of the library).
Browse the shelves when you find a useful book. Books are shelved according to topic, so chances are you'll find other relevant books nearby.
You can check books out at the Information Desk. This page has information about loan periods, renewals, etc.
You might also delve into the scholarly literature surrounding your topic. When we talk about scholarly literature, we are mainly talking about research articles and books that scholars (like your professors) write for other scholars and students.
One way to explore a scholar's work is to read book reviews about their scholarship. This doesn't work equally well for all areas of study, but for areas of study (like Classics and History) that rely on more on books for scholarly communication, reading book reviews is a great way to get a sense of an author's argument without having to read the whole book. You can find book reviews in most of the following databases (look for options to search for "reviews").
Try these databases for scholarly articles and book reviews:
Librarians are here to help!