Posted onJuly 30, 2013This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off
Do citations look like this to you:
and somehow you are expected to find that article and read it before your next class? So you just copy and paste the whole thing into the library website and come up with nothing. Then, you start to wonder why your professor lied to you and said it was available at the library? You begin to question this whole college thing and reconsider running away with the circus.
Watch this video to learn where to go to break the citation code and how to find an article from a citation using the Oviatt’s electronic databases:
Putting a whole citation into OneSearch makes it sad. All it wants is the title of the article, which in many citation styles, comes before the title of the journal. You can use the rest of the citation as a reference to make sure the article you are accessing is exactly the article you were looking for in the first place, and not a similarly titled one.
Be sure to bookmark some of these online resources for citation help:
Cite Your Sources: detailed guides for APA and MLA style citations along with help for other styles.
Citation Managers: Comparison of Features: this guide from UW- Madison Libraries explains your options for citation managers that will help you organize and keep track of your sources as well as help you decipher the components.
Like always, librarians are here for you. Just ask.
Posted onJuly 15, 2013This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off
Have you been on the 3rd floor of the library recently and noticed the inspirational Rocky Balboa poster in an office window? Well that office belongs to Laurie Borchard, one of the Digital Learning Initiatives Librarian. Learn more about her favorite books, why she became a librarian, and just how far her obsession with Rocky goes.
Laurie Borchard, Digital Learning Initiatives Librarian
Where are you originally from?
I am from a really small town in southern Minnesota called New Richland, with a population of 1,200.
What do you admire most about CSUN students?
I encounter so many students who are really enthusiastic about their education and the determination with which they apply to their studies is truly inspiring.
I took a research methods class as an undergraduate that was taught by a librarian. She made research interesting, fun, and the more I learned about librarianship the more appealing it sounded. I really enjoy working with students and I find myself constantly learning from them. I also love that my job is so multi-faceted, I get to work with students and faculty, as well as develop projects and initiatives on my own.
What do you wish every student knew about the library or librarians?
I hope that students know that a library is not just about books and that librarians do not spend their day putting books on the shelf and shushing students. The library is a place for students to come to get the information and help they need to do their research, as well as a place to study and collaborate with fellow students. The Oviatt Library is currently undergoing renovations to turn the first floor into a Learning Commons. The changes are really exciting, we are getting new furniture, study rooms with monitors students can hook their devices up to, a brand new Freudian Sip in the lobby, and finally more power outlets!! For more info, check out our blog The Transforming Library.
What’s your favorite quote?
“It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them…the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.”
If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be?
If you could learn any skill what would it be?
I wish I could speak another language fluently, preferably Spanish or German, or maybe someday both!
What are some of your current projects that you are working on?
Along with my colleague Anna Fidgeon, we have developed the video series Research Therapy; we cover topics relating to finding articles and books, evaluating resources, topic exploration and more. Check out our YouTube playlist here, along with the videos we also create a blog post that expands on the information provided in the video, check out our posts on the Cited at the Oviatt blog.