This assignment introduces you to the basics of doing research for your First Year English paper, in preparation for your class meeting with me in the library instruction lab, 113 LeFrak, on Monday, March 28th. 

Please complete the assignment by midnight on Saturday, March 26th.

E-mail me at lcoleman@barnard.edu if you have any major difficulties completing it; you will also have the opportunity during your library visit to ask me about any problems you encountered.

Thank you. Looking forward to meeting you in person!
Lois Coleman, your Personal Librarian.
 

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* 1. Your full name:

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* 2. Course Reserves are books that are set aside for student use by the instructor of a certain class.  Find out where the Barnard Course Reserves are kept by going to the Barnard Library website, library.barnard.edu, and clicking on "Guides and Tutorials" and then on "First Year English Guides."  Scroll down to find the guide for your class, and read through it to find the information about Barnard Course Reserves.

Select the best answer below. 

To borrow a Barnard Course Reserves book, you go to:

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* 3. On the Barnard Library website, click on the link to Columbia Libraries (on the left at the bottom of the page), and then on the Locations list. Go to the page for Butler Library, and find the link for Research Services.

In which room in Butler is the reference desk where you can go for help with your research?

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* 4. Many of the books from Barnard Library are housed in Butler during the construction of the new Barnard Library. Watch this video: How to Find a Barnard Book in the Butler Library.

Select the best answer below.

Where in Butler is the Barnard Collection currently housed?

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* 5. Decide on a topic to use as practice for this assignment. It can be the topic you plan to write on for your research paper, or another topic related to a text you have read in First Year English.

Alternatively, you can do research on one of these topics:
"Nature symbolism in Wuthering Heights"
or
"The character of Adam in Paradise Lost."

Write the title of the text and the topic related to it, which you will research for this assignment:

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* 6. Read the Catalog Search Tips page.

Go to library.barnard.edu and select "Catalog" from the left-hand drop-down menu of the CLIO search box.  Select "Title" from the right-hand drop-down menu. 

Do a title search for the book you wrote down in question 5.  What is its call number in the CLIO Catalog?  (If it doesn't show up in CLIO, try another text from the course syllabus, for the purposes of this assignment.)  Make a note of the call number or send the book record from CLIO to your phone.

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* 7. Go to the Barnard Collection in Butler Library and find the correct area for the call number you wrote down or sent to your phone in question 6. 

See if you can find an edition of the text you are researching, then look at the other books nearby on the shelves with similar call numbers.  Find a book that looks as if it might be useful for the particular topic you are researching in this assignment. 

Take it to the circulation desk on the third floor of Butler and check it out.

What is the title of the book you checked out?

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* 8. Watch this video: Epic Library Battles of History: Scholarly vs. Popular.

Select the best answer below. 

"Peer review" for scholarly journals refers to:

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* 9. Watch this video: EBSCOhost Advanced Search Tutorial.

Go to the research guide for your class that you used in question 2, and scroll down to find the link for EBSCOhost Research Databases under "Searching for Articles." 

Do a search in EBSCOhost to find an article that looks as if it’s a good one for the topic you're researching. (If your initial search terms don't find anything useful, try changing one of them to broaden or narrow your search.) 

What is the title of the article?

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* 10. (Optional) Please write below any questions or problems that you would like me to address during the library visit on March 28th.  Thanks!

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