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Library Instruction

Good research requires using the library's subscription databases. 

Accessing information electronically is part of academic life for the average college student. But many students only rely on the public Web, not realizing that the library subscribes to online databases containing full-text information from journals, magazines, reports, and books – resources that typically had sat on library shelves but have been digitized. These databases must be accessed directly from the William Hessel Library web pages as they are not searchable through search engines. 

Bringing in your students for a library session will help your students to:

  • Identify different types of databases (general, education, business, music, biographical).
  • Identify the different sources searchable from these databases (journals, newspapers, books, reference, annual reports, news transcripts, audio-visual). 
  • Set up searches correctly and understand search limiters. 
  • Narrow down a topic. 
  • Locate full-text articles (journals and newspapers) and even full-text books (eBooks) electronically. 

A session could include: (can be catered to the instructor’s needs/assignments) 

  • An online demonstration of selected online databases. 
  • Hands on searching. 
  • Demonstration of the citation tool, called NoodleTools. 
  • Explanation of how to electronically request items through interlibrary loan from selected databases. 
  • How to access databases remotely. 

Please schedule a session by contacting Diane Baker, Reference Librarian, at ext. 6287.