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Fracking and Graffiti

We are well into the Spring Quarter now, and the questions have gotten past the standard “do you have my textbook?” and have become more interesting and complex!  
Topics coming to the reference librarians include:
  • Trade data for Chile
  • German cinema
  • Active learning in middle school
  • Software Industry market research 
  • Fracking
  • Atlantic Slave Trade
And, an in-depth look at some conversations we’ve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:

A student was starting research for a paper on “a person of significance” and was having trouble picking a subject.  The librarian referred her to our Biographical Information Guide, and suggested using the Credo Reference: Biographical Sources database.  It includes a number of useful online encyclopedias that can be browsed for an appropriate topic for this type of research.
A student was looking for a recent article on teachers as public intellectuals.  The librarian suggested she start with our Education Research Guide, specifically searching through ERIC or Education Research Complete with keywords, and limiting to articles published within the past 12 months.  When the student found a great source, the librarian explained how to find the full text of the article through the Full Text Link, and they were able to locate a pdf version.

A researcher was looking for articles about graffiti art and its benefits for society.  He knew about JSTOR, but needed additional resources.  The librarian suggested searching several databases on the EBSCO platform, including Academic Search Complete, Art Full Text, and even PsycINFO.  They used terms like graffiti, street art, benefits, purpose, society, and more.  She also described how to limit to scholarly articles through the facets.  

This Week in Reference: Apr 6-11, 2014
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