- identify the best information tool to use for your information need
- navigate the library system. From finding a book on the shelf using a call number to ordering an article using interlibrary loan, we can do it, AND, more importantly, we can teach you how it's done
- identify the best search terms to use in your quest for quality resources
- show you techniques that will help you retrieve the best sources on your topic
- understand the differences among types of information and to understand such terms as primary sources and peer reviewed research articles
- know the uses of various types of reference sources, such as an encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, factbook, catalog, and more
- take notes and correctly quote, paraphrase, or summarize information
- apply information by developing research projects
- use style conventions to cite sources and write lists of sources used
- use citation software such as Noodletools, Zotero, or Endnote to format citations correctly
- evaluate sources by understanding their currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose
Help You with Non-research Questions
- we can also help with the ordinary issues that students can encounter, such as:
- problems printing?
- need to reserve a study room?
- need to use a stapler, three-hole punch, or other office equipment?
- need help using the photocopy machine?
- need to know a professor's office hours or email address?
- find a classroom?
We can help with a variety of problems, so go ahead and ask!