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Want to Boost Your Research?

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Now is the perfect time to make an appointment with a research librarian for guidance on your final papers and projects or theses! Want to brainstorm a research strategy? Have to find articles, books, data or other information? Need guidance on incorporating research sources into your paper? Or on formatting your bibliography? You can find research librarians on level A in the library—and you can make an appointment using the Library Scheduler. We look forward to working with you!

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First-Year Seminar Library Sessions

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Trinity College Research Librarian Jennifer van Sickle leading a First-Year class discussion.

Each fall, Trinity’s research librarians teach instruction sessions which introduce First-Year students to the research process. Librarians will conduct about forty such sessions this fall. Through these sessions, librarians collaborate with students and their First-Year faculty to engage in lively discussions about the nature of undergraduate research. Students also have an opportunity in the sessions to search for information sources for their seminars’ research-based projects.

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J-Term class on Downton Abbey visits the Watkinson

During J-Term, history professor Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre taught a class on the historical contexts of Downton Abbey, and the students come into the Watkinson twice in one week to look at maps of London, books on etiquette and house architecture, British war (WWI) propaganda posters, view stereoscope photographs of the front (a sort of “3-D” picture process popular in the 1920s), and to listen to the music of the time on one of the phonographs we have in the Watkinson.

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Unique Spring Course! COLL-220 Research Methods

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Do you want to be great at researching information for your courses and field of interest? If your answer is yes, then you should take this course.

Information is everywhere. But, let’s face it – it’s not always easy to find the exact information you need, when you need it.

Sign up for this Spring 2015 course and learn the tools and concepts to become an expert researcher!

  • Fridays, 1:15-2:30 pm
  • ½ credit course
  • Open to first-years, sophomores, juniors
  • Useful to ALL majors
  • Taught by librarians

Contact Erin Valentino (erin.valentino@trincoll.edu) in the Library for more information.

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October 15: Research Associates Application Deadline!

Only 5 days until the deadline for applications for 2012-2013 Research Associates! What do Research Associates do? A variety of things, including:

  • Developing expertise in one major library database & offering peer instruction
  • Participating in a service or project of your own design, with the counseling of a Library Mentor
  • Assisting with FY Library tours
  • Being available for feedback, outreach, or on-call assistance

Research Associates will take a .5 credit course in the spring, Research Methods and Information Resources. Upon completion of the course, they will be eligible for paid RA positions,  receiving a stipend of $500 for 50 hours of work over the course of the semester, and working under the guidance of a Librarian Mentor.

Interested? You should apply online! Follow the link and click on the “Want to Apply?” section for an online application.

http://courseguides.trincoll.edu/content.php?pid=344879&sid=2836345

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Research Associates Office Hours!

Our Research Associates are ready and eager to help guide students at all stages of their research process, and they are holding Office Hours in the Library Consultation Room, on Level A. Drop in to meet with them, or make an appointment online using the Library Scheduler!
http://librarian.trincoll.edu

Office Hours:

Monday, 7-9 pm                         Beck Prigot

Wednesday, 10 am – Noon       Eddy Oketch

Wednesday, 8-10 pm                Erica Bertoli

Thursday, 6-8 pm                      Patrick Kane

Sunday, 8-10 pm                        Beck Prigot

 

**You can also find Research Associates at the Service Desk (the desk at the library’s entrance with the giant question mark!)

Service Desk Hours:

Monday, 6-8 pm                          Beck Prigot

Wednesday, 6-8 pm                    Sarah Watson

Sunday, 2-4 pm                           Mariah Wachtman

Sunday, 6-8 pm                           Niru Pokharel

 

Database Specialties:

Erica Bertoli – EconLit

Patrick Kane – America: History & Life; Historical Abstracts

Eddy Oketch – PAIS

Niru Pokharel – PubMed

Beck Prigot – JSTOR

Mariah Wachtman – CINAHL

Sarah Watson – Omnifile, Oxford Journals

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How Do I…

 

Reserve a Study Room?

You can book study rooms online with our Library Scheduler at http://libraryscheduler.checkappointments.com/. From the main library page, you can quickly get here by looking under the “Meet the Research Librarians” block on the right and clicking on “Make an appointment.”

Follow the steps on the webpage to select your room, the duration of the reservation (study rooms can be reserved for up to 3 hours), and the date/time you wish to use it (only available times will be shown). Provide your name and email, and you will receive a confirmation email for your room reservation shortly. Group study rooms are for use by groups of 2 or more students. Each contains a whiteboard, network and power jacks, and a table with 4 chairs.

Further questions? You can email us at library.feedback@trincoll.edu, or chat with us online through the library website.

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New Resource for Faculty

How can we work with you?

The Library announces the launch of Learning Connections, a one-stop web site that shows how librarians and faculty collaborate to develop classroom activities that encourage student learning and research. 

The projects listed cover different topics and skills sets and are just a few examples of how faculty and staff can work together to improve output on student assignments. 

You can view these examples on the Learning Connections site:

http://library.trincoll.edu/connections/index.cfm

Please contact us to let us know how we can work with you and your class to create productive and successful learning connections for your students.

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Instant message with the data coordinator

Rachael Barlow, the social sciences data coordinator, wants to provide students and faculty with multiple ways to contact her.  Please feel free to try instant messaging her via AIM or GoogleTalk.  Her username for both services is rachdata.  She looks forward to hearing from you!

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Try Our New Top-Ten Database Search!

You can now search our top ten databases at once from the library home page or from the main page of Trinity Online Resources (TOR). Searching multiple databases brings back results quickly and can suggest alternative avenues of research in resources that you might not have considered using initially. The Top-Ten search can also offer some guidance if you’re not sure which database is the best place to start your research  For more specific results, try a Top-Ten Advanced Search

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