Free research workshops!

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Need help with starting your research or citing resources for a research assignment? Then register to attend to our free library research workshops being held at both the Downtown and Parham Road campuses. The workshops we have scheduled for this summer semester include:

  • Research the Smart Way: Getting too many results with that Google search? Need to get a research paper done and not sure how?  Learn how to research the smart way with the Reynolds Librarians. We’ve got everything you need to get started. Here’s what we’ll cover: Creating topic ideas; introduce the library catalog and databases as well as search strategies; how to access databases from home; learn the differences between Google and the library.
  • Cite it Right: APA and MLA: Not sure what MLA or APA citation styles are? Need to know how to do cite properly?  Let the Reynolds Librarians help you get on the right path! Here’s what we’ll cover: Learn what a citation is and how to identify its parts; how to cite a variety of print and online sources in APA and MLA style using citation tools.

Ask your instructor/s if you can receive extra credit for attending these workshops. Looking forward to seeing you at our workshops!

Image: “The Research Process” by Kim Louie, Lumen Learning is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Quick Search @ Reynolds Library – a new way to find great sources

QuickSearch (Primo) is a new way to search multiple sources all at once.  Now, instead of going to one place to find books, another place to find journal articles, and yet another place to find videos, you can do a combined search and pull up a variety sources from a variety of places!

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Where do you start?  Begin right at our library webpage and use the above search box!

More facts about QuickSearch:

  • By using something called “facets,” you can still filter and refine your results.  You can find sources by format (books, articles, videos), by publication date, by author, and even by the publisher. In other words, even though you often pull up a lot, you can still get exactly what you need.facets_quicksearch
  • You can sort your QuickSearch queries in several different ways: by relevance, by most recently published, by author, by title, even by popularity.  What is a popularity search?  It’s a search where the articles and books that have been used the most by others come up first in your search query.

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  • You can search QuickSearch in the same way that you search Google.  In the past, you may have been taught that you need to connect keywords by using the word AND.  In QuickSearch, you don’t have to do that.  Also, like Google, spelling errors won’t always ruin your effort.  This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t think about the keywords that you use, but it does mean that often a misspelled word, won’t stop you from pulling up some great sources.

So, check out QuickSearch or get more information here at Quick Search 101: http://library.vccs.edu/reference/primo-faq.html   And if you have any questions, comments or great search techniques that you’d like to share, email a Reynolds librarian at library@reynolds.edu.