Effective use of the everyday writer handbook: some examples


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DURING OUR LIBRARY SESSION:

  1. Using PALS, identify a book in the Gustavus Library collection that seems like an appropriate book to use for your research.

  2. Using WorldCat, identify a book not in the Gustavus Library collection that seems like an appropriate book to use for your research.

  3. Using our online databases, identify one article in a scholarly journal that seems like an appropriate article to use for your research.



LIBRARY EXERCISE (WHAT YOU HAVE TO TURN IN TO ME)

  1. Provide the full citation, following the MLA format for a list of works cited (§54 of The Everyday Writer) for each of the three works identified.

  2. Write a paragraph in which you tell me what your research topic/question was for this exercise, and what search terms you identified to use. Describe how well the terms worked in your search. How, if at all, did you change them to refine your search?

  3. Write a paragraph for each of the three works in which you do the following:

  • Describe how you found the item (what databases, search terms, or whatever).

  • Is the item in the Gustavus library, in a different library only, or available on line? How you will get it? For example, do you need to order it from interlibrary loan?

  • Explain why you decided that this work was relevant and credible, and therefore worth using for your project. For articles, address as much as possible the criteria on p. 160 of The Everyday Writer.

  1. Describe any insight(s) that you got into research and the use of the library.



If you have any problems, it is entirely appropriate to ask a librarian for help with locating books and articles.



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