your friendly reference/instructional librarian, and I'm
here to help you!
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 crazy
as that sounds! Visit my website for more information
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
Reference sources are a good
place to start your research. What is a reference
source? A reference source is something you consult for
a specific piece of information, not something you read
from cover to cover. Reference sources include
encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, thesauri,
atlases, almanacs, directories, etc. Blackwell
Library's reference collection is located on the main
floor. Consult the
of Congress Classification outline to see the call
number area for your topic.
Why can't I
just use Wikipedia, you ask? Well, anybody and their
brother can get on Wikipedia and write whatever they
want, for starters! Plus, there are tons of more
reliable, authoritative sources out there for you to
use. And, I just can't resist sharing my favorite
Colbert Report clip about the downfalls of Wikipedia.
View it here (and please ignore the brief commercial at
Find books in Blackwell
Library using our
online library catalog.
Books in our library are arranged using
Library of Congress
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
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
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
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. WARNING: these
links will only work from on campus. From off campus,
access databases through
MULTIDISCIPLINARY & NEWSPAPERS:
Academic Search Complete
- 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
scholarly full-text resources; the newest documents
are 3-5 years old.
- this database contains full-text world news, legal
and business information.
- a collection of full-text major newspapers
including The New York Times and
America: History and Life -
covers United States and Canadian history, both full
text articles and citations for others with Find-It
Business Source Premier -
company, industry, business information with the
familiar EBSCO interface.
International Affairs Online -
full text theory, research, and case studies on
Weekly - Congressional
Quarterly Weekly - your opportunity to find out
what's going on in Congress!
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.
- the gold standard
database for psychology and related fields.
Social Sciences Abstracts -
articles and citations for interdisciplinary
fields such as addiction studies, anthropology,
corrections, economics, gender studies, gerontology,
minority studies, political sciences, psychology,
sociology, and more
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 to it!
Links you to the
library catalog when we have the item you want in
print or microform.
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
Always make sure that internet resources are appropriate
for your project. Look at the criteria listed on this
If you have questions about the appropriateness of a
website, please check with your professor or a
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. This guide helps
students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid
guide to help you cite your work, and remember
librarians are good at answering citation questions as