If you need information and aren't sure where to find it or how to decide what's the best source to use, that's a great time to talk with a librarian!
You can either write back to your Personal Librarian or email a librarian subject specialist. Collaborating with librarians on your research and learning new methods to find and evaluate information is an incredibly valuable part of your Denison education.
Get the book your Writing 101 prof recommends, such as They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, or The Rowman and Littlefield Guide to Writing with Sources by James P. Davis. Read it or at least become familiar with it. It will help you research and write your papers.
Have a quick question? Stop by the desk in the Library Commons (on the 1st floor where the computers are). There are Student Reference Assistants there who can help! You can also contact them or a librarian using our Chat or text services (740-218-4798). Another option is to make an appointment through our Calendar. We love answering questions.
Need to learn more about Excel, Photoshop, Tableau, or programming languages? Try O'Reilly Online Learning! It offers many interactive tutorials, books, and videos in programming and desktop applications. Don't forget to download their app on your phone for research on the go!
No matter how many languages you speak, library jargon can be confusing. For example, what do we mean by a "call number?" A call number is a group of letters and/or numbers that uniquely identifies and indicates the location (address) of an item--a book, DVD, etc.--on the shelf. Call numbers are usually marked on the edge of the item and correspond with the numbers in our library's online catalog--CONSORT.
Want to know more? The Library of the University of Southern California hosts a list of common library terms.
Start your research early! Starting early will give you ample time to investigate your topic and reach out to your professor, librarians, and writing center mentors as needed. Protip: when requesting print sources from other libraries via CONSORT or OhioLink, items may take 7-10 business days to arrive. Another reason to start early!
It's normal to feel overwhelmed when you first start researching a topic. Here's an easy way to conceptualize this process:
Know that librarians are always happy to help and guide you!
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