For most Regent students, Summon, the Library’s search engine, is their introduction to online research. Summon is the best way to start most research projects, but if you’re looking for the best multi-disciplinary database to search in conjunction with Summon, we suggest Academic Search Complete. This world-renown database features nearly 3,000 peer-reviewed, full-text journals, 3,500 periodicals, 75,000 videos, and indexing and links to 4,700 open access journals. Just as important as quantity of content is the effectiveness of the searching platform. EBSCO offers unsurpassed intuitive searching across all academic disciplines for all levels of research experience. To begin searching Academic Search Complete, click here.
During March, the Library is presenting a 3-part online series called Strategic Internet Interaction. Join us this Thursday (March 18) at noon for the second webinar, Alternatives to Google. Librarians Ann Moriarty and Harold Henkel will demonstrate techniques to protect your privacy, plus specialized search engines that prioritize different websites from Google.
Topics will include:
- Avoiding filter bubbles and confirmation bias
- Protecting your privacy when searching the web
- Using alternative search engines and browsers.
To join the webinar this Tursday, click here.
In the Library’s 2015 Customer Satisfaction Survey, we received several comments indicating a need for professional reference librarians whenever the Library is open. Here are two examples:
- “It would be nice if a reference Librarian were available as long as the library is open.”
- “I’m very satisfied, I just wish that more reference librarians were available whenever the Library is open.”
Regent University librarians are dedicated to serving you. Although we would like to be able to have a research librarian in the building whenever we are open, this is currently not an option for us. However, we have suggestions for you to consider.
Our access services staff, including student assistants, who work at the circulation desk whenever the library is open, have been trained to answer basic reference questions. If they are unable to answer your question, they will give you the contact information for the librarian subject-specialist best able to help you.
You also have 24-7 access to our automated service called Ask-a-Librarian. Simply type your question into the search field. If your question has been answered before and incorporated into our knowledge base of frequently asked questions, you will be directed to an answer. If your question has not been asked yet, you will be able to submit your question. The research librarians monitor LibAnswers not only on weekdays, but on weekends as well and respond to all inquiries within 24 hours.
by Jason Stuart, Reference Librarian
The Library and Writing Center are separate departments that together can help you flourish in your coursework. Knowing which one to use will save you from delays and headaches when tackling your assignments.
Each year on the Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS), we receive several comments that suggest that students are not always aware of the different services the Library and Writing Center offer. Here are two comments from the CSS last fall:
- “It would be convenient if someone could sit down and teach students how to do the different citation formats (Turabian, APA, MLA) because when I came to Regent I only knew how to cite in MLA.”
- “…when I submit the MLA citations that Library [databases] say are correct, my professors tell me that they are not.”
Although the reference librarians can find citation information in the appropriate style manual, for expert citation assistance, the Writing Center is the place to go. The writing coaches there not only make sure your reference list and parenthetical citations (or footnotes for Turabian users) are formatted correctly, but help ensure that your paper does not contain inadvertent plagiarism through insufficient crediting of sources and ideas.
In general, the Library is where you should go during the early and middle stages of your paper, before you get down to writing. The reference librarians will help you with questions about how and where to research a particular topic. They can also suggest resources to help you select or narrow down a topic, such as Issues & Controversies database.
Once you have your resources and are ready to begin writing, you are ready for the Writing Center. The Writing Center provides “beginning to end” coaching to make sure that your final draft will be as strong as possible.
In 2009, the Library decided to move from the traditional way of centering research assistance at a “reference desk” to an “on-call” model of offering reference service. While a number of studies have found benefits to this approach, over the years, many of our students and faculty have made it clear that they want the traditional reference desk back.
Get ready to see more of us.
The Library has re-introduced reference and research assistance from the centrally located reference desk. Reference librarians will be available from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday to help students with all information needs. For assistance during other hours the library is open, our trained access services staff (located at the circulation desk) can help researchers start their projects and refer them to the subject expert who will respond the next work day. For help when the library is closed, the best place to start is usually one of the Library’s LibGuides, which can point researchers to the best databases and online resources in a given subject.
In the 2012 LibQUAL+® Library Survey several users mentioned that they want easier access to our Library faculty. We are confident that our re-inaugurated reference desk will help fulfill this request. In addition, professional librarians are available for one-on-one research consultations. Appointments may be scheduled by contacting the appropriate subject librarian.