A Student’s View of the Library – Part I

As a marketing student at Saint Joseph’s, I was extremely excited to finally work on my very first marketing project as a college student. The assignment on market segmentation intrigued me, and I was eager to begin making the best project I could manage. However my group quickly discovered that brainstorming ideas and finding quality information that would be representative of these ideas are two totally different things. Thankfully, I soon realized that me and my group members weren’t alone in this; we had the library! The library has helped us tremendously when it came to completing our project. Thus, I wanted to share my experience by blogging about it. This post is one of two, and the second post will be posted shortly after this one.

Starting our research:

The first thing we had to do for our project was create an annotated bibliography in APA format. Therefore, we had to do research and find information on our assigned segment. Even though I did my research from the comfort of my dorm, I was still able to use library resources. When I searched for ‘Millennials’ on Google Scholar, I was (pleasantly) surprised to discover that I could access many of the search results through the library. In Google Scholar, if SJU has a full-text version of a source, the SJU link will appear next to the search result link. [Instructions and video for Google Scholar]

A screenshot of the Find It @ SJU link in Google Scholar
SJU full text links from Google Scholar

I also found the library databases to be very helpful in finding scholarly research. My group relied heavily on the information we found on our segment from EbscoHost. The library has multiple databases from EBSCO to choose from. For this project, my group chose to use Academic Search Premier and Business Source Complete to find information. In particular, I like the fact that you can customize your search on EbscoHost by using multiple keywords. For instance, to find information on how Millennials behave, I searched for keywords “Millennials” and “habits.” Moreover, EbscoHost allows you to narrow your search results to help you find the most accurate and up-to-date information. You can narrow down searches by dates, topics, and what type of format you would like the article to be in (pdf, HTML full-text, etc.).

Citation Help:

Like other college students, I am accustomed to using MLA format to cite all my sources. However, in many business classes at Saint Joseph’s, APA format is required. Therefore, I turned to the library for help with my citations. I was able to receive help when creating an annotated bibliography for this project. To get help, I simply went to the “research help” section at the front desk on the old side of the library. There, I found several librarians and research librarians who were very helpful (and friendly). Many individuals at the library are willing to help students properly cite their information (in fact, these (over-excited) individuals encourage students to ask for help with citations). I now have a better understanding of how to cite in APA format because of the help I received in the library.
Without the use of the library resources, me and my group would have had an extremely hard time finding appropriate articles and information on our segment. In addition to the information we found from quality websites, we heavily relied on the library for our research, and using the library tools helped us to find all the necessary information we needed to create a high-quality project!

Stay tuned:

Stay tuned for part 2 of this post to find out how we used library resources to make a video for our project!

Library Speaker Series — Sam Smith, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Mathematics

WHAT:  Dr. Smith will present from his book, Chance, Strategy, and Choice: An Introduction to the Mathematics of Games and

WHEN:  This conversation will take place on Samsmith2Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 3:30-4:30 PM

WHERE:  Wachterhauser Seminar Room, 2nd floor Post Learning Commons.

WHO:  All are invited. Please plan to join us for this fascinating and timely discussion!

Light refreshments will be served.





Campus Coffee Hour — Google Transition with IT!

WHAT: Campus Coffee Hour

WHEN: Thursday, October 20th
9:30 am – 10:30 am

WHERE: PLC, 2nd Floor Lounge

WHO: All campus colleagues

Olivia MacKenzie and other IT staff will be here to answer all your questions about the transition to google. Network with colleagues — meet new people   and share good times with old friends. Coffee, tea and light breakfast fare.
Hope to see you there!


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – It’s What We’re Reading

October 2016

“What We’re Reading” is a feature offering periodic reviews from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read. If you find a book which interests you and it is not in our collection, please feel free to acquire the book through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Angela Duckworth.

Angela Duckworth, PhD, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has a biography that is, at least to me, intimidating. However, I would posit that Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is anything but. I found the book to be easily readable, as Duckworth employed a multiplicity of creative techniques to make her points.

From a study on the national spelling bee selection process that looks at whether grit may or may not be playing a role in who makes it to the list of finalists and then on to the eventual winners, to rating a group of historical individuals noted for their intelligence in order to drive home a point about the grit factor, the reports and interviews are interesting, varied and sometimes very personal to the point of being touching.

There are stories of modern individuals, some of whom have achieved name recognition throughout the world for their achievements. Will Smith, actor and musician, is quoted from this interview and he nails it. And while it’s unclear whether Smith is speaking literally of working out from this clip, the fact that we all know who he is, leaves no doubt that he applies this attitude to much more than the treadmill.

Learning to be flexible with mid-level goals, willing to discard them even, is necessary if we really want to achieve the larger goal or goals we have set for ourselves. At that point, applying the grit factor gives you a good recipe for success in something that is important to you.

While reading this book, I found myself thinking about my current pursuits as well as unmet goals I am passionate about and what steps I might need to achieve success in them. If you find yourself thinking the same for yourself or how some of these concepts could be applied to your repertoire of parenting skills, you may want to take a look at Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, and see what you think. Don’t just take my word for it. You can find this book in the Popular Reading section, 1st Floor Lounge of the PLC.