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The Libraries are here for you. If you are an undergraduate new to campus, the Libraries can offer you in-person services to bolster virtual services.
Our virtual resources and consultations are available to all students. This includes 24/7 access to online journals, databases, and ebooks through ZipSearch and other collection search tools, and individual research support through chat and research consultations with subject specialists. We can send items right to your house or you can pick them up curbside without setting foot in our buildings.
Your Akron librarians have been busy developing mini-classes to help you develop the research skills that can help you be successful in your classes and beyond. We have three self-paced Brightspace courses that you can complete for certificates:
Library 101- Whether you need five sources for your paper that’s due tomorrow, or you have five weeks to do your research, knowing how to navigate the library’s resources is key. In this course, we’ll share some tips and tricks on how to improve your research skills for faster and better results. You can do this course in about an hour.
Library 201- for more advanced users. This tutorial contains six lessons to improve your ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. Lesson 1: The Nature of Information; Lesson 2: Looking Critically at Information; Lesson 3: Planning Your Research; Lesson 4: Searching Basics and Library Catalogs; Lesson 5: Databases Deep Dive; Lesson 6: Internet Searching. Each lesson is about an hour long. Take your time and dive into this course to level up your research skills.
Keeping Your References and Notes Organized- Do you wish you could remember the title of the journal article you used for an assignment two years ago? Do you feel like you’ve repeated the same search for information before? How about saving information that might come in handy for an assignment next semester? Find out what tools work best for you to organize your information resources and save time on your next research project! You can do this course in under 2 hours.
Need help finding and evaluating sources? Having trouble citing in MLA or APA? Schedule a Research Consultation for expert librarian assistance!