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Surviving the university library 2014
Surviving the university library 2014
Surviving the university library 2014
Surviving the university library 2014
Surviving the university library 2014
Surviving the university library 2014
Surviving the university library 2014
Surviving the university library 2014
Surviving the university library 2014
Surviving the university library 2014
Surviving the university library 2014
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  • Sessions don’t just run in September, but are offered throughout the year.
  • University of Toronto has 44 libraries e.g. Astronomy and Astrophysics / Map Library / Music Library / Zoology & 12 million books in 341 languagesOn average, 19x as many online databases and 9x as many books Course reserves: Articles / chapters your professor assigns youUBC: Photocopying / printing: B&W: 7c / Colour: 40cILL: Can take time! Off-site storageIf you don’t pay fines, you can’t graduate.
  • Depending on course, should not rely on magazine or newspaper articlesFocus should be on academic journals and booksSearch encyclopaedias and Google for background information e.g. key terms / people / places to make your search efficient and comprehensive
  • Don’t leave accessing course reserves until the last minute.Research process takes longer at this level, with the amount of resources available. Seek out further articles by mining the bibliographies of your assigned reading.75% of first years report trouble formulating keywords & search queries, almost 60% with filtering relevant from irrelevant search resultsTHIS is the place to use Wikipedia & Google searching
  • e.g. If it says Times New Roman 12 point font, do it.Follow correct terminology e.g. Bibliogrpahy or works citedCitation? Your professor will tell you which to use eg MLA / ALA etcIf they are marking a pile of 800 essays, there is no time to follow up for mistakes in format. Just won’t get marked.
  • Where to begin?e.g. University of Toronto has subject-specific guides (similar to pathfinders) to get you started.If you don’t hand it in, you won’t get chased for it (remember, 800 students). Result? 0.Give yourself time to rework your thesis, look for additional resources. Make use of your professor/TA’s office hours & other campus resources such as the writing centre.No email correspondence necessarily The expectations are high, but you are ready!
  • The quicker you can do this, the more effective your my presentation from last week. Google the author / journal / think critically about the source.]]]]]]]]]]]]
  • Circulation staff vs reference librarians.Your librarian is a subject specialist as well as a librarian (two masters OR masters + PhD)Don’t be afraid to ask! You may need to be persistent but it will pay off.
  • Citation Index: Where else has this journal article been cited?
  • At university, this is especially serious business. Consequences are of a different magnitude. Universities have a zero tolerance policy, ex. My friend whose roommate cheated off of him still received a 0 on the assignment; ‘self-plagiarism” Be overly cautious. Use “tummy feeling” as your guide.
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    • 1. Ten tips for surviving the university library... LINC session Winter ‟14 Ms Hazzard & Ms Mustard
    • 2. Fig. 5, “Learning the ropes: how freshman conduct course research once they enter college.” Alison J. Head (December 5, 2013).
    • 3. 1. It‟s up to YOU Professor-led session  Sign up for orientation  Specific skills e.g. citation management / legal research and writing  See library website for how-to videos, guides etc 
    • 4. 2. Differences How many libraries?  Hours open  Course reserves  Dewey Decimal vs Library of Congress  Paying for printing / photocopying  Interlibrary loan  Microfiche  Fines 
    • 5. 3. Up your game  Quality of resources
    • 6. 4. Plan your time  800 students, all accessing material at once...
    • 7. 5. Read requirements Read requirements thoroughly.  Follow requirements exactly. 
    • 8. 6. Your essay is on... „Your essay on Jane Austen is due on December 2‟.  YOU need to- write research question - plan research - write essay - complete bibliography  FEW or NO reminders.  And if you don‟t hand it in... 
    • 9. 7. Evaluation KEY!  „A student who can distinguish and differentiate between „good‟ and „bad‟ information is at an advantage‟ 
    • 10. 8. Getting help From the library  Online help: IM / Twitter  From the Student Centre / Resource Centre  From your assigned TA 
    • 11. 9. Online resources Access to journal articles  General databases v subject-specific  Citation Indexes 
    • 12. 10. Avoiding plagiarism Cite quotations, paraphrased sentences and ideas; everything that you use from someone else.  University may use or similar.  Your TA / professor knows their subject inside out. 
    • 13. Any questions?