Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Reference Librarians & RefWorks

We are cautiously optimistic that summer is here or at least doing a fair imitation of one. The native Winnipegger's tendency to goof off, relax in the sun and soak in the rays as soon as warm weather arrives is not evident in the LAC. We are delighted that we have been busier than ever with students either coming up to 520 University Centre or stopping by to see the writing tutors in Elizabeth Dafoe with a variety of questions on paper writing. The intensity of spring courses are making their mark with papers and tests coming and going at an incredibly pace. This was obvious when this week's workshop "Research to Thesis" had 15 students show up!

Tip of the week: Reference Librarians!

Stuck finding material? Frustrated because you were sure there was more information available on your topic? Don't know what a boolean search term is? Confused by EbscoHost? Ask a reference librarian. Reference librarians can not only help you find useful search terms, but also help you navigate the large number of electronic databases found on the Netdoc page. If you're shy, tell them that I (Miriam Unruh) sent you.

Another research resource is Refworks. This program is available on-line, free (!) and will help you track all the research you've done on-line and produce correct references and citations. There is an excellent, and quite easy to follow tutorial that goes along with the program.

Next week's workshop, Tuesday 1-2 in 340 Helen Glass, is "Thesis to First Draft."


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