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Title: The Secret of Success: Using the Library for College Classes


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The Secret of Success Using the Library for
College Classes
Updated July 24, 2008
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Overview
  • Getting Help from the Library
  • Your Personal Librarian
  • The Educational Resources Center
  • The difference between Primary and Secondary
    materials
  • Kentucky Library and Museum
  • Scholarly journals vs. popular journals
  • Research tools on the Librarys Webpage
  • Other important library Webpages

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Librarian notes
  • You might want to start with the library video.
    However, I suggest that the teacher have their
    students view the video before they come into the
    library.
  • If you do a walking tour, you may not need to do
    the slides on circulation, VPAL, and reserves.

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Website demo
  • Showing the librarys Webpage with links for
  • Hours
  • TOPCAT and KenCat
  • Demonstrate TOPCAT with a book from your subject
  • Databases and E-books
  • TDnet
  • TopSCHOLAR
  • Research Guides
  • How to find your personal librarian
  • The Information Literacy Library instruction
    link
  • Show how to find citation information on website
    (select Citations Style Sheets from Browse
    Site menu)
  • The librarys presence on Facebook, Twitter, and
    blog

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Notes for Librarians
  • If you do the walking tour or show the video, you
    may not want to do the next few slides on the
    circulation desk, VPAL, and reserves.
  • The slides on Primo are for backup. If possible,
    please do this live.

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Why should you use the library?
  • Everything is not on the Internet.
  • Everything on the Internet is not reliable.
  • Librarians can help you with your strategy.
  • We have a Masters degree in how to find things.
  • A large part of the grade for papers depends on
    how well you research your papers and what
    sources you use.
  • The library has a large number of reliable
    resources, including books, journals, and
    online database subscriptions.

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The Circulation DeskCravens Building, 4th Floor
  • Borrow books for four weeks with your WKU ID
    card. If the book you want has been borrowed,
    you can have it recalled.
  • Borrow have laptops to useanywhere in the
    library for two hours.
  • Take an Audio Tour of the library.
  • Listen on an MP3 player from the Circulation
    Desk.
  • Or download it onto your own MP3 player.

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Visual Performing Arts Library (VPAL)
  • 2nd Floor Cravens Library
  • Books about Art, Music, Dance, Photography,
    Theatre, Fashion, Costume, Dress, Interior
    Design.
  • Popular classical musical recordings.
  • Movies on DVD and VHS.
  • Lila Greene Listening Library.
  • Private listening viewing room.
  • Musical scores librettos.
  • Reserves, including electronic reserves.

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Books Articles On Reserve
  • If your professor puts a class reading on
    reserve, you can use it in the library for two
    hours.
  • The main reserve area is located on the second
    floor of the Cravens Building in the Visual
    Performing Arts Library.
  • Many reserve items for education classes are
    located at the Educational Resources Center.
  • Some items are also available as electronic
    reserves through Blackboard.

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Librarian notes
  • Start here if you did a walking tour or showed
    the library video.

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Helm-Cravens Library
  • Reference Area, Helm 1st Floor maps, atlases,
    books.
  • Periodicals, Helm 2nd Floor journals,
    magazines, newspapers,and microfilm.
  • Law, Federal Government, and Kentucky Government
    Documents Helm Basement.
  • Books to borrow Cravens Library. Check out on
    Cravens 4th Floor.
  • Visual Performing Arts Library (VPAL), Cravens
    Library 2nd Floor CDs, DVDs, and items on
    Reserve.

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Get Help from the Library
  • Come to the reference desk, Helm Library 1st
    Floor.
  • Email the Library web.reference_at_wku.edu.
  • Use your Personal Librarian.

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Your Personal LibrarianCan save you time and
help you get better grades!
  • Your Personal Librarian is an expert in the
    subject. We have librarians who work with every
    department!
  • Make an appointment with your Personal Librarian
    any time you have a paper or presentation in
    class.
  • Your Personal Librarian will show you what you
    need to start the paper.
  • You dont even have to be a major!

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Popular Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals
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Popular Magazines Opinion Magazines
Magazines you can buy at the store for the purpose of current news or entertainment. Written by journalists rather than scholars. DO NOT USE for college Papers. Written from a particular point of view (religious, political, social, etc.). Remember that the articles all have a particular bias. Be sure you recognize this bias if you use in a paper.
Trade Magazines Scholarly Journals
Written for people who work in a particular industry or occupation. Their purpose is to discuss current trends and events or give statistics. Contain ads, new product listings, or directory information. Written in technical language by scholars in the field. Little or no advertising. Articles contain, charts and graphs, footnotes/endnotes, references (bibliographies) citing the authors' sources.
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Why are they called Scholarly Journals?
  • Before an article is published, it is read by
    several scholars in the same field to make sure
    the article contains accurate information and
    that research described in the article was
    conducted properly.
  • Also called Peer-Reviewed journals or
    Refereed journals.
  • WHAT YOUR PROFESSOR WANTS YOU TO USE.

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What Are These?
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What Can You Use for Papers?
  • Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals
  • What your professor wants you to use.
  • Opinion Magazines
  • Use with caution in a paper, but remember they
    are not objective.
  • Trade Magazines
  • Not scholarly, but sometimes contain technical
    articles. Ask your professor first.
  • Popular Magazines
  • DO NOT USE THESE IN A COLLEGE PAPER!
  • ALWAYS ASK YOUR PROFESSOR if you have questions
    about what you may use in a paper.

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Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Primary resources
  • Created by people who actually saw or
    participated in an event, or recorded their
    reactions immediately afterwards.
  • Secondary resources
  • Created by someone not present when the event
    took place or removed by time from the event.

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Secondary Sourcesfor College Classes
  • Reference books, including subject encyclopedias
    and handbooks.
  • Books
  • Scholarly (peer-reviewed) journal articles
    written by scholars in the field
  • Reliable Web resources from governments or
    scholars in the field.
  • But be sure that you verify the information and
    make sure it is reliable.

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Primary Sources at the Kentucky Library Museum
  • What they have
  • Library
  • Manuscripts Archives
  • Museum
  • Felts House
  • KLM Onlinehttp//www.wku.edu/library/kylm/
  • KenCat (Kentucky Library Museum Catalog)

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Teaching Tools at the Educational Resources Center
  • Curriculum guides lesson plans
  • Juvenile book collection
  • Laminating service
  • Ellison letter machine
  • Educational games, puppets, manipulatives

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Questions???
  • The next session will cover
  • Finding journal articles on your topic
  • Using the Librarys online research databases
  • Selecting appropriate resources
  • Strategies for effective searching
  • Evaluating Information
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