your friendly reference/instructional librarian, and I'm here to
You can email me at
Trust me, you WANT to be
friends with a librarian. Not only are we extraordinarily cool,
but we're here to help you with your research, and we actually
enjoy doing it, as sick and twisted as that sounds! Visit my
website for more information about me:
When I'm not teaching classes or rushing off to meetings, you
can find me in my office in Blackwell Library 129 or at the
research services desk. My hours on the desk are Mondays
10am-12pm, Tuesdays 6pm-10pm, Wednesdays 12pm-2pm, Thursdays
10am-12pm, and Fridays 8am-10am. Stop by and say hi!
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!
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.
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 handy-dandy
chart from Duke Libraries.
We have several databases you can use to search for journal,
magazine, or newspaper articles. Some of them only give a
citation to the article, and some have the full-text. Here is a
list of databases you might want to try:
Academic Search Premier
- a multidisciplinary database from EBSCO with a mix of
scholarly and popular resources, a lot of full-text and Find
It links when there is no full-text available
- this database contains full-text world news, legal and
- a collection of full-text major newspapers including
The New York Times and
- citations to scholarly communication articles, the
full-text articles in this database require downloading the
ERIC - "Education Resources
Information Center," a database with full text education
articles and ERIC documents as well as Find It links to
non-full text resources.
Business Source Premier - company,
industry, business information with the familiar EBSCO
scholarly full-text resources; the newest documents are 3-5
sure that internet resources are appropriate for your project.
Look at the criteria listed on this website:
If you have questions about the appropriateness of a website,
please check with your professor or a librarian.
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. This guide helps students understand what
plagiarism is and how to avoid it:
Use this guide to
help you cite your work, and remember librarians are good at
answering citation questions as well!
The library liaison
to Communication is Stephen Ford,