your friendly research/instructional librarian, and I'm here to
The best way to get ahold of me is probably email:
When I'm not teaching classes or rushing off to meetings, you
can find me in my office in Blackwell Library 128 or at the
research services desk.
You can visit the Research
Services Desk for help most days between 10am and 10pm. You can also
reach us virtually by sending an instant message to blackwellref using
any of the major IM providers: AIM, MSN, yahoo, or gtalk.
can also get help 24 hours a day/7 days a week through the
Maryland AskUsNow chat reference service:
Find books in Blackwell Library using our
online library catalog.
Books in our library are arranged using
Library of Congress Classification.
The books you can check out are located on the second floor of
the library. If you ever have trouble finding a book you want,
PLEASE ask for help at the Research Desk!
Books from other USMAI
You can also borrow books from any of the USMAI affiliations by
selecting the "choose campus" link at the top of the catalog
page and then selecting "USMAI All Campuses." When you find a
book you want that is not in Blackwell, click the "request"
button and use your ID number to login. You can have the book
delivered to Blackwell within 3 or 4 days.
tutorial to see the process!
Ask yourself if you need
scholarly sources or popular sources for your assignment.
Many times, your professor will insist on scholarly sources.
What does that mean? Find out using this
One of your tasks
is to peruse weekly business magazines and newspapers.
These are a few of the ones you can find in the library's
current periodicals section:
- Business Week
Business and Legal News
- Wall Street
Here are some databases
that may be useful for your presentations:
NOTE: If you are offcampus,
you will be asked to log in with your 14 digit barcode from the
back of your Gull Card.
ABI/Inform - a business database, great for articles
about advertising and marketing.
Academic Search Complete - a
multidisciplinary database containing both scholarly and
popular sources, many of which have full-text available.
ASP is a good place to start your research. Use the
FindIt button to locate articles that are not available
Business Source Premier - an EBSCO business database.
You can search this database, Academic Search Complete, and
Communication and Mass Media Complete simultaneously by
clicking on the Choose Databases link on the search page!
Communication & Mass Media Complete - our new database
for Communication and Media studies! An EBSCO database like
Academic Search Complete, you will find both scholarly,
popular and trade sources as well as full text and
Lexis-Nexis Academic - a great source
for full-text world news and legal information.
National Newspapers - a source of
U.S. news from major papers including The New York Times
and The Washington Post
JSTOR Arts &
Sciences - a huge, wonderful database
of scholarly communication from a wide variety of
disciplines. All of these
sources are full-text, but the newest documents are 3-5
Find It Button
WHAT DOES THAT CUTE LITTLE FIND IT BUTTON DO, ANYWAY?
It's a bit like magic,
really. The Find It button does three things:
Looks in all of our
databases to see if the document you want is available
full-text in another of our databases. If so, it links you
Links you to the library
catalog when we have the item you want in print or
Links you to ILLiad
(interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another
library if we don't have access electronically or in print.
The Find It Button is YOUR
you see the FIND IT BUTTON in action!
gives you a little insight about Interlibrary Loan!
Always make sure that internet resources are
appropriate for your project. Look at the criteria listed
If you have questions about the appropriateness of a website,
please check with your professor or a librarian.
Citing your Work
Of course you want to make
sure you give proper credit to any source that you use to write
your papers, whether you directly quote or paraphrase.
guide helps students understand what plagiarism is and how to
that should help you cite your work. I am also a fan of
the Online Writing Lab
from Purdue University, even though I went to their rival
school, Indiana University. It's THAT good!