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  • Intro (name, liaison)Other librarians here that will be working with you this semester. Cover a variety of areas from psychology to engineering to literatureSome of these websites may be familiar to you (hopefully)
  • “What can the library do for you?”Hopefully will provide some answers to this question today
  • May remember the quick survey on the Infoguide that asks “What Words Do You Associate with Research?”Mixture of sources for information & how you actually feel about doing researchThis word cloud shows which words most popular Wanted to take a moment to look at some of the most popular wordsAs you can see, time-consuming is the most popular wordNow, we can’t necessary remove steps from the research process BUT we can show you how to make your searching more efficient (knowing which databases to try, evaluating your search results).By making the search process more efficient & effective, you will save time.Of course, we like to think if ourselves and friendly & helpful so will also try to help with Overwhelming (orange) BUT ultimately will be ENLIGHTENING During the first part of the colloquium, we’ll talk about some of the library’s resources & services available to you.Then you’ll have the opportunity to talk to the librarians here about your topics.
  • A few of you received pieces of paper with instructions on one side & a question on the other.I’d like those people to ask the question on the paper when their color shows up.If you really don’t want to read the question, you can pass it to someone next to you BUT you do get candy for reading the question.PINK QUESTION
  • YES!& that book we also have in Spanish & on CD
  • Includes: 1.2 million books (which doesn’t even incl the e-books); Over 6,000databases;Over 45,000 periodicals (that incl. online & print journals, newspapers, magazines)Over 33,000 media items (DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs)ALL of this info available in the library brochuresMore than 36,000 online journals;1 million e-books;Over 10,500 periodicals (newspapers, magazines, journals); 3 million microforms (which some people actually like to use)
  • BUT we have even MORE stuff!
  • Library has other resources may not associate with it. For example, musical scores dating back to the 15th c.
  • We also have artists’ books. They don’t necessary look like typical book. Held in Special Collection for preservation reasons.
  • Library also has graphic novelsSee one title here as example
  • Example from Special Collections:Medieval brass rubbingsSpecial Collections great source for primary sources BUT not only source
  • Government DocsGovernment publicationsHave librarians in Fenwick who can help you use themExs in photo show publications from Dept. of Education & Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • As mentioned, over 33,000 media items (DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs)JCL set up for viewing & listening to them
  • Normally would have avoided this b/c admit not easiest thing to useBUT you may find that some of the journals & newspapers you want to read are only in microfilmIf you find something you want that’s only in microfilm & not sure how to use can always ask librarian.
  • Next Question->GREEN QUESTION
  • Don’t need to sign up to use computers in libraries
  • Computers available for you to use in both JCL & FenwickNo need to log in when come into the libraryEvery printer connected to printing stations
  • Can also get wireless access if you bring laptops
  • RED QUESTIONLooks similar to PINK
  • We have lots of options for you to get help with your research questions
  • Theinfoguides are available anytime day or nightNot just for HNRS 110 but for other classes and disciplinesWriting your research paper on health science topic…You can check the Nursing Infoguide to see which databases to use to find articlesEducation topic, there’s an infoguide for thatWide variety of information available thru these guides
  • Many InfoGuides incl. links to online tutorialsBut also available on the library homepageCover variety of topics incl. “How to Read a Call Number” to know how to find a book on the shelfShort, quick guides to help you. Many under 2 minutes.
  • While not available at 2 in morning, IM Reference available until 10PM Monday-Thursday & 5PM on Fridays.Great for quick reference questions, especially if you’re not in library
  • Other ways to get research helpMay have seen the hot dog cart around campus, especially when nice weather
  • Writing Ctr great resource for help when writing your papers.They offer some appt hours in the libraryYou can check their website to find out days & times
  • Not necessarily!
  • Jazzman’s in Fenwick available Monday-FridayStarbucks in the eveningOf course, several choices in JC if using JCL
  • Several places in the library to hang outGet away from the roommate Comfy chairsOutdoor seating
  • Granted if you really need a quiet place to study, the library has several options: individual desks, tables, group study rooms…
  • Of course, anytime you have a question about the library & need help w/ your research you can contact any of the librariansHOWEVER, there are several liaison librarians with specialties in a wide range of subjects. That leads in to our meetings with you thruout the semesterOnce you’re divided into groups based on your research topic, we’ll meet with you in Weeks 6, 8 & 11This will be your time to find out more about subject resources, evaluating what you find & taking your research to deeper levelYou can also get a hold of us thru appointments, email, phone callsYou have an UNIQUE opportunity as part of this class
  • Any questions at this point?For the people willing to ask the color-coded questions, please choose 2 candies from basketDirect to ? to pick out candy (ask for volunteer)ALSO everyone should have gotten # for raffleHave 4 tote bags filled w/ mouse pads, post-it notes, pens, mugs & couple flash drivesPick #sDirect to (ask for volunteer)NOW, you’ll have a chance to talk with some of the librarians based on general subjectsLibrarians in various corners: Arts & Humanities; Science & Technology; Social SciencesIf not sure if have any ?s right now, can pick up business cards that incl contact info (email, phone, subject areas)MORE CANDYChance to ask questions outside class
  • Mason University Libraries Highlights

    1. 1. Mason University Libraries<br /><br /><br />
    2. 2. What can the library do for you?<br />
    3. 3.
    4. 4. Cephalonian Method adapted from:<br />
    5. 5. first book.<br />
    6. 6. Books, Journals & Stuff<br />
    7. 7. Even more stuff…<br />
    8. 8. Musical scores dating back to 15th century <br />
    9. 9. Artists’ Books<br />
    10. 10. Graphic Novels<br />
    11. 11. Medieval Brass Rubbings<br />
    12. 12. Government Documents<br />
    13. 13. DVDs, VHS, CDs<br />
    14. 14. Microfilm<br />
    15. 15.
    16. 16. computers<br />
    17. 17. Computers, Computers, Computers<br />
    18. 18. Wireless Access<br />
    19. 19.
    20. 20. I usually stay up<br />really late when I’m<br />working on a paper.<br />What if I have a<br />research question at<br />2 in the morning?<br />
    21. 21. Infoguides<br />
    22. 22. Online Tutorials<br />
    23. 23. IM Reference Help<br />
    24. 24. Other Ways to Ask Questions<br />
    25. 25. Writing Center<br />
    26. 26.
    27. 27. I need a caffeine fix when I’m studying. Do I have to leave the library to get coffee or coke?<br />
    28. 28. Coffee Shop<br />
    29. 29. Need to get away from your roommate? <br />
    30. 30. Actually need a quiet place to study?<br />
    31. 31. Instructions:<br />When the librarian asks for the YELLOW QUESTION, stand up and read the other side of this card.<br />If you don’t want to read this question, you can pass the card to someone else.<br />
    32. 32. I went to the library workshop & looked at the HNRS 110 guide, but I really need to talk to someone in the library who knows about engineering. Do you have someone like that?<br />
    33. 33. Friendly & Helpful Subject Specialists <br />
    34. 34. QUESTIONS?<br />
    35. 35. Subject Areas<br />Not sure where your research topic falls? <br />Just ask!<br />