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Graceland Cemetery and Crowdfunding

Topics coming to the reference librarians this past week include:
  • Umar Mukhtar
  • Graceland Cemetery
  • Sanborn Maps of Illinois
  • Censorship in China
And, an in-depth look at some conversations weve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:

A student sent us an email looking for guidance researching the topic of crowdfunding medical expenses.  The librarian suggested that there might not be a lot of scholarly information about this topic, but he suggested a useful search strategy:  Searching several of the EBSCO databases together with the terms: crowdfunding OR crowd funding (since the term appears as both one word and two)  AND medical care or medical bills.  Other ideas to find more literature included searching with the terms: fundraising, fund raising, online, social networks and/or social media.

A student used our IM service to ask for help researching how modern residential space influences people.  The librarian drew on her subject expertise to immediately recommend the book: Home: A Short History of An Idea.  From there, they checked for more books with the subject heading: Dwellings Psychological Aspects, which surfaced quite a few good titles owned by DePaul.  For articles, the librarian suggested starting with the  Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, and searching with the subject term personal space and keyword psychology.  The student found just what she needed!
This Week in Reference: May 11-16, 2014  
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