Melinda’s Take: Library Key Resource for Project Work

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Wed, Dec 12, 2012

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Comments from Melinda Race, Student Research Desk Assistant

The library has many resources that make it valuable when doing research or working on a project. I frequently use Summon when I am doing research for my MQP. It’s easy to use and offers options for narrowing your search by topic, keyword, source type (newspaper article, patent, book, website), and date of publication. After doing an initial search in Summon I have a better idea what I’m looking for. I can discover more search terms relevant to what I need, and then use those terms to narrow my search. Another advantage of using library resources is that students can get free access to the full text of articles online which normally would require a fee or a subscription.

Even if an article isn’t available for free through the FullTextFinder, I can read through the abstract and see if it is something that would be useful to my research. If it isn’t, I keep looking for other sources. If it would be useful, then I can order it through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service at the library. It’s free to use, and our librarians can usually track down what I’m looking for within a few days to a week, and order it from another library.

The library is an invaluable resource when conducting research or working on projects.

 

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