Get to Know the Library
Lauren got her first research paper assignment in Composition class.The research paper can be on a topic that she chooses, but it must argue a point and it should relate to environmental sustainability. The assignment also says that she must use at least 3 outside sources to support her argument in the paper and it should be 4-5 pages long. Lauren doesn't know what to write her paper about. Her instructor says, "Pick a topic you are interested in, that way you will enjoy writing and researching the paper."
Lauren likes food. She like cooking, cooking shows, and eating out. So she thought she could write her paper about that. She tells her instructor that she is going to write her paper about food. Her instructor says that sounds fine, but she needs to work on focusing her topic a little more and make sure she finds good sources for evidence. Lauren leaves her instructor's office feeling a bit confused.
What should she do now? Does Lauren's story sound familiar to you? What would you tell her to do?
Lauren is not so sure about the library.
She knows the library has books, but apparently there are other things going on there, too.
Take a few minutes to learn a little bit more about what the library has to offer.
Have you heard about the Library website? If you watched the previous video you have. Learn more about the library website in the next video.
Lauren knows all about where things are in the library and library website now. But she still doesn't know what she's looking for. So she heads over to the reference desk to get help getting started on her research paper.
The librarian mentioned to Lauren that she might want to search for books on her topic in addition to articles. Here is a video that shows how she could use the Library Catalog to identify books on her topic and locate them on the shelf.
Lauren has used the catalog and identified a book she would like to locate on the shelf. The record from the catalog is below.
After all of the videos and visits to the reference desk, Lauren is settling in with her newly found articles and books to start incorporating them into her paper. YOU should be ready to take on your research papers now, too. Check your knowledge with these last questions.