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What is a librarian and why do I need one?
A librarian is a professional with a master's degree in Library & Information Science whose sole job is to help you efficiently and effectively find and evaluate scholarly sources. Asking for help finding sources is in no way cheating and not a reflection on your search skills - helping is what we're here to do! We don't know everything, but we can help you find anything - just ask! Librarians & student workers are available to help you in-person, as well as via chat, email, and phone during operating hours.
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How can we help?
Our librarians can help you with the following, among other things:
- coming up with keywords
- helping you find sources
- show you where to find sources
- help you evaluate sources
- answer ANY question you have
Tips for reading a scholarly article
- Read the abstract - this is a summary of the article and is what you can expect to learn from it
- Read the conclusion - this is a wrap up of the piece and another summary
- Read the introduction - this will tell you how the topic is approached
- Read the body - this gives the details of the research
- Read the literature review - this will give you more published research on the topic
- Review the bibliography (references) - this may lead you to more sources for your topic
- Reread the article from start to finish - for better comprehension