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A Student’s View of the Library – Part II

Hello everyone; I’m back for part two of my blog post! I hope that you enjoyed the previous post about using the library resources when conducting research for a marketing project at Saint Joseph’s.


Some would argue that conducting research is the boring part of a project (I am, on occasion, one of those people). However, me and my group-mates conducted research for a good reason because we then had to create a video on Millennials to share the information that we found. In the video, we discussed the demographics, geographics, and behavioral patterns of Millennials among other things. Once again, the library played a big role in helping us complete our project on time!

Me and my group members are all very busy Saint Joseph’s students. Some of us play varsity sports, some play club sports, and some participate in clubs. To make things even more hectic, we all live in different places on campus. Needless to say, finding a time where we could all get together and work on our project was difficult. However, by using the library, we were able to complete our project early and submit it after fall break.

Library side 2nd floor tables
Library side 2nd floor tables

Me and my group used the library as a meeting place to work on our project; all of us could get to it easily and there was plenty of space for use to spread our books on the table and get to work. We worked in both the old side (at the big

 

tables on the second floor) of the library and the new side (once again, at the tables on the second floor) of the library when we met to discuss our project. Both times we met we originally planned to meet on the first floor PLC. However, we could never get a table here because they are in high demand.

Individually, I also came to the library to use the computers on the first floor. I was able to stop in the library in between classes to work on the project or add in some last minute details. Luckily, my group used Google Docs;

library computer lab computers
Library computer lab

this made it very easy for all of us to work together even if we were not on campus. Working at the library made it much easier for my group to complete our project because we were all able to work together on the project at the same time and place. Using the library resources made it easier for us to complete our project more efficiently. Without the library, our project would have been much more difficult!

ProQuest Interface Has Been Redesigned!

You might notice a change in our ProQuest resources.Proquest logo

The layout of the search pages has been altered and will look much different than before. However, the functionality is largely still in place with a few exceptions.  Take a look at the new layout to get a feel for the changes!

See help info provided by ProQuest:

– Live and recorded training webinars
– Support Center article: ProQuest interface upgrade customer resources
– ProQuest interface training videos on YouTube
– LibGuide

An Alternative to Wikipedia

I am sometimes shocked and dismayed by how much I see Wikipedia open on computers within the library.  Okay, we know why you go to Wikipedia: it comes up within the top 10 results list of just about any Google search; it provides you with quick background information; it’s just so easy.  But, we also know that Wikipedia is written and edited by anybody and everybody who feels a hankering to share information of any kind about things they don’t necessarily know a whole lot about.  And, we know that citing Wikipedia on a paper or using it for studying just might be academic suicide.  If you need proof, check out this article from The New York Times discussing an error students consistently made on a history exam, due to the notorious Wikipedia.

If you need an alternative to Wikipedia, try Credo Reference from the library (in our Resources A-Z list, accessible from the library’s homepage).  It searches across 350 general and subject-specific encyclopedias for any topic you might want to know more about (information on just about all disciplines are included), and they’re reputable, so you don’t have to worry about citing them in a paper.  Just think – a few clicks away from Google and Wikipedia, there’s an information source that you can really trust!

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