Dragon Writers

A Weblog for Drexel University Freshman Writers Written by the Drexel University Libraries Librarians

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Reference/Information Desk at the Hagerty Library

The Reference/Information Desk is located at the Entrance Level of the library. The Reference Librarians at this desk will assist you in finding the information you need for your class projects. After entering the library on showing your Drexel ID at the security desk, go straight to the reference/information desk to seek information assistance. For help using the Library's online Catalog and its Electronic Resources, how to find books, or how to start a paper ... ask here!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Freshman Writer's Toolbox

Feeling empty-handed in attacking your research project? Reach for the toolbox! Missed class the week your section visited the Library? You're in luck. Does the Library website give you instant info-overload? Never fear! The Freshman Writer's Toolbox outlines everything that was covered in the one hour ENGL101 library session in just under two pages. Check it out HERE for quick guidance on just the bare essentials needed to complete your research.

  • Still trying to define your basic concepts? See the encyclopedias mentioned for context.
  • Have your basic idea already? Sample just the two or three literature databases mentioned.
  • Still stuck on hardcopy? See the quick toolbox tipsheet for searching that book catalog.

Grab and go! The world of library research in bite-sized chunks. The Freshman Writer's Toolbox. You can visit the rest of the website next year!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Need Help Creating a Bibliography?

The Library has lots of tools to help!

A bibliography, also called a "Reference List" or "Citation List," is an organized list of the outside materials you've used in writing your paper. These materials can be books, articles, reference tools, web sites, or other print, visual, or electronic media. Most people working in the humanities use the MLA citation style, but a number of other citation styles exist. APA style is used in the social science, Chicago for history, CBE for biology, etc.

The Libraries' Citation Styles Resources page http://www.library.drexel.edu/resources/tutorials/citations.html provides links to two Resource Guides that provide examples of citing materials in each of the most popular citation styles. There's also a "citation machine" to help you build your own citation, and information about a special tool called RefWorks (see more on this tool below). You can also reach the Citation Styles Resources page by going to the Libraries homepage at http://www.library.drexel.edu/ and clicking the link for Tutorials/Online Instruction. Scroll down till you find the heading called "Citing your Sources: Giving Credit where Credit is Due." There is also a special guide here for citing electronic resources.

If you need more in-depth help on citations, the Hagerty Reference Desk keeps print copies of the complete style manuals for both MLA and APA styles. Ask at the Reference Desk to use these books; library staff members are also available to help answer your questions.

And, don't forget that Drexel's subscription to RefWorks means that everyone on campus is entitled to a free account! It's quick and easy to sign up for RefWorks -- see the information and tutorials on the Tutorial/Online Instruction page. RefWorks helps you manage your citations, create bibliographies in a number of styles, and even allows you to download citations from databases or other electronic sources. If you'd like further guidance on using RefWorks, come to one of the two introductory sessions offered at Hagerty Library, on Monday Nov. 14 or Thursday, Nov. 17. Both sessions will be held from 5-6pm in room L-19 on Hagerty Library's lower level.