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 anyone at the Information Desk or Reference Desk if you have any questions - or send me an email. My contact information is below my picture and I love hearing from students.
You can also find links to information like library hours and circulations policies (like how long you can check out books), as well as a bunch of other information on the Library's main page. Please explore the website just like you will explore the building itself. Consult our Library FAQs and an overview of the Library.
These sites provide overviews and in-depth information about housing and homelessness. You can also search for other organizations & resources online.
Hm, connect with the library on social media? Do I really want to do that?
We post about all kinds of things related to libraries, books, research and events. Be among the first to learn about new books in the library. Read our reviews of leisure reading materials. Discover various resources to support your research. See pretty pictures of the library. (We'll even throw in a few research tips now and then!)
Here's how to connect:
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 should also browse the Encyclopedia Homelessness. It was published in 2004, so some of the information might be outdated, but it will give you some good topic ideas. Use the call number below and find it in the Reference collection (main floor, facing Beck).
To find articles, try these databases, which will connect you with all kinds of sources. You will probably find a lot of information (but sometimes you find no information!). Be persistent, try various search terms, and above all, ask for help if you're stuck. Send me an email with any questions or to set up a time to meet.
If you want a refresher from our library session, the slides from class are posted here.