It’s that time of year again, there is a chill in the air, the leaves are changing, students are gearing up for Cornhuskin’ and Halloween is just around the corner. The chills and fears most students experience around Halloween don’t come from ghouls and goblins though. The “fear” stems from the fact that research projects are going to be due sooner than later now. Meredith students need not fear the research process as the librarians and library resources are here to help you!
If you are researching a particular subject area, we have created Research Guides to lead you to the best resources for that topic. A good way to start your research on a topic is to gather background information and formulate a list of keywords. Our reference sources offer excellent places to do just that, and keep in mind as you are reading, keywords are important since they are what you will use to search the library’s catalog for books and our databases for articles. Reference sources are also a great place to begin researching since they can help you formulate a research question you will want to explore.
So far this semester we have already had quite a few success stories that have been posted to our CCL Library Facebook page #sundaysuccess. Several of our library success stories center on students who picked a topic, but were running into issues refining it in order to know what they should be researching. The librarians helped them to brainstorm more concise research questions and the best keywords to use in some of the subject specific databases. Remember, if you can’t find the exact resources you need, the librarians are here to offer guidance in helping you find the best sources for your research!
—Submitted by Amanda Sullivan, Research and Instruction Librarian