Thursday, February 2, 2012

New Research Guides for Spring 2012

Many of you may already be aware of Lewis Library's Research Guides, which the library began creating and utilizing at the start of fall semester 2011. Over the course of fall semester, the guides gained a total of over 5, 000 visits, and during the month January alone accumulated more than 800 visits! Now the guides are approaching their second semester of use, and the librarians at Lewis Library have been fast at work creating new research guides to support subjects and courses for spring semester 2012.

In addition to course-specific and general subject guides, online guides have also been developed to support library instruction for Cornerstone and English 1102, as well as a generic library instruction guide. These guides are filled with tips for how to search the library catalog, databases and other resources, as well as how-to video tutorials, and more. Other resources include handouts, and direct links to databases from Galileo and E-Books from the library catalog. Additionally, most guides contain contact boxes with information on how to contact your librarian liaison, as well as online forms for making technology instruction appointments, research appointments, and for "asking" a librarian. If you still haven't discovered and explored the research guides available to you, we encourage you to check them out! You can access the Guides main search page from the Library Website by clicking the link "Research Guides".

To start off the spring semester right, the librarians have shared below direct links to some of the guides which support courses that are starting up now, including:

This general guide to Art resources was created by Arthur Robinson and Rachel Evans. Arthur Robinson is the liaison librarian for Art and Design. In addition to basic pages for Art Reference, and Art Books, Dr. Robinson has recently added a new "Art History Survey Assignment" page which specifically addresses the assignments for Dr. Joiner's current Art History Survey course.
This general research guide for Psychology was created by Charlene Baxter. Mrs. Baxter is the liaison librarian for Psychology. The guide contains an IRB page, a Reference page, an APA Style Guide, and pages for finding books and articles related to psychology. The pages link directly to recommended databases, the library catalog, and even specific books and e-books!

There are three different guides for Education students, all created by the liaison librarian for Education, Mrs. Charlene Baxter. The guides include a Guide for Undergraduates, as well two guides for graduate education students. Both the Guide for Undergraduates and the MAT Education Guide feature pages with selected resources, including recommended a Children's Books page.

There are currently 7 different guides for various History courses, all created by liaison librarian for History, Mr. Loren Pinkerman. Both the History of Russia 1856 to Present guide and the History of the Middle Ages guide support courses that are being taught this spring 2012. The history guides include features like recommended reference books, books, dvds, databases, and more.

There are currently two guides for English, both created by Dr. Arthur Robinson, Reference Librarian. The English Research Guide is more of a general guide for students enrolled in a variety of English courses, and includes a Reference page, and Authors page. The English 1102 Library Instruction Guide is a separate guide specifically for students taking English 1102 during spring 2012. 

The music research guide is a general guide created to support the variety of music courses taught at LaGrange College. Developed by liaison librarian Loren Pinkerman, and graduate assistant Rachel Evans, this guide includes recommended music databases, reference books, music books, e-books and dvds, and recommended music journals and databases.

The Nursing Research Guide is a general guide with tips for locating nursing-specific resources, and links to recommended databases, e-books and more. Created by liaison librarian for Nursing, Mary Lou Dabbs, the guide also features an IRB page, and a brand new page for Complementary Care. The pages also feature contact info for Mrs. Dabbs as well as "Ask-a-Librarian" forms for questions.

The Theatre Arts Guide was developed by Arthur Robinson, liaison librarian to the theatre department. This general guide includes pages for Plays, Playwrights, Costume Design, and Musical Theatre. Additionally, it contains pages which specifically support the current or upcoming productions of the theatre department. The newest page supporting a specific production is The Philadelphia Story Guide

The Library Instruction Guide is a general guide to all things related to library instruction and technology. This page includes various online orientations for students and faculty in the form of Prezi's, "how-to" video tutorials for searching the library online catalog, various video tutorials for searching particular databases (such as Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, and ERIC), as well as a library technology page where you can make technology instruction appointments, and an Information Literacy presentation which outlines the goals of the library's instructional classes and sessions.

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