Monday, November 24, 2014

Become a Writing Pro: Use a Writing Instructor

You may already know and love them, but if not, let me shine a light on our fantastic writing instructors within the Cannon Memorial Library.

Meet Angel Jimenez and John David Harding, who are both here to assist you with how to properly write your research papers. 

   John David Harding      Angel Jimenez    
Both writing instructors have extensive writing knowledge. Angel earned his BA and MA degrees in English Literature from the University of South Florida. John David earned his BA and MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University.

Do you have a problem with your writing? Don't fret because our writing instructors have a solution!

Students' Main Problems
  • Questions about the assignment
  • Thesis statement
  • Transitions
  • Citations
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
Writing Instructors' Solutions
  • Review the assignment guidelines 
  • Communicate with student on their background knowledge
  • Share and review learning materials
  • Provide rules and give practice exercises

·  Start early for reflection and revision 
·  Use academic sources as models for your writing.
·  Talk about your writing with your peers to help ideas flourish 
·  Write in a natural way. John David states "Many writers feel pressure to sound smart, which can lead to imprecise word choice and awkward phrasing."

·   Sign up at the Circulation Desk
·   Email the writing instructor
·   Call the writing instructor
·   Complete a request form 
·   Walk-in appointment if available

·  Meet in person
·  Communicate through email
·  Talk on the phone
·  Blackboard Collaborate 
·  Skype 

Angel Jimenez
(352) 588-8269

Sunday: 11-8pm
Monday: 9-6pm
Tuesday: 9-6pm
Wednesday: 11-8pm
Thursday: 9-6pm
Friday: OFF
Saturday: OFF
John David Harding
(352) 588-7576

Sunday: OFF
Monday: OFF
Tuesday: 11-8pm
Wednesday: 8-5pm
Thursday: 11-8pm
Friday: 8-5pm
Saturday: 10-7pm

If you feel lost or overwhelmed with your writing, make sure to make an appointment with either John David or Angel. They will help to put you on the right path and improve your writing for future papers to come! 

Also, check out the Writing and Research Support LibGuide and the Writing (Formatting, Templates, and Writing Samples) Help LibGuide for additional writing support.

-Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Monday, November 17, 2014

Attention Business Majors and Business Enthusiasts

The Cannon Memorial Library has many business resources which can assist you with your studies, as well as provide you with business-related entertainment.

Electronic Books
  • Here is a sample at the types of business-related books we offer. If you want to read any of these electronic books, just click on the image to open the book within our library catalog.

Business, Finance, and Marketing Recommended Websites

  • Watch informative videos which will help you locate a great number of business resources.
LexisNexis: Introduction video on how to search for news, business, and legal research.

Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage Database: Learn how to search for company information.

SWOT Analysis: How to find a SWOT analysis on EBSCO, ProQuest, and Standar and Poor's NetAdvantage Database.

  • View this libguide for further information and links within the following categories: Online Databases/Articles; Ebooks; Selected Websites; Print Books; and Print Periodicals
Business Subject Guide LibGuide

Please contact us if you need further assistance on how to locate business-related books, information, or resources.

-Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Reliable Websites at Your Fingertips

Did you know that the library compiled an extensive list of reputable websites within a variety of subjects? If not, you should take a look at the Recommended Websites page.

Save yourself the time of endlessly searching the web for something that may not even be reliable and use the recommended websites that faculty and librarians found for you.

If you have any questions regarding finding reliable websites for any of your courses, contact the reference desk.

- Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Phrase Searching for Precision

When searching online, do you find yourself locating way too many unrelated articles and feel overwhelmed by the number of results? If so, you may need to narrow your results with the use of phrase searching.  

Phrase Searching:
  • Put quotation marks around phrases
  • Keeps phrase together within search results
  • Retrieves articles with phrase rather than individual words = precise results
You can use phrase searching with any type of phrase:
  • Titles: "The Wizard of Oz" 
  • Commonly used phrases: "close but no cigar" 
  • Topics: "global warming"
Phrase Search 1
  • No quotation marks around working mothers
  • Retrieved 118,942 articles
  • Many of the articles have nothing to do with the topic even if they contain the words - working and mothers

Phrase Search 2
  • Quotation marks around working mothers
  • Retrieved 2,873 articles
  • Only found articles that contain the words working mothers together and in that order

For your next research paper, remember to use phrase searching to narrow your search results for retrieval precision. If you have any questions on phrase searching, contact the reference desk

-Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Speaking About Immigration...

The Department of Social Sciences is proud to present Katharine Donato, the Chair of the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University, and author of Continental Divides: International Migration in the America, to speak on the topic of immigration on October 27th at 7pm in Greenfelder-Delinger Boardroom A. 

In honor of Katharine's presentation, Cannon Memorial Library is displaying books centered around the topic of immigration. We welcome you to come over and view these fascinating, eye-opening books.  

In addition to the books on display, shown below are several e-books on immigration that you can read anywhere, at anytime! Get informed before her presentation by reading one today. We have whatever your interest is, be it biographical, historical, political, or fiction. Just click on the image to open the book from the catalog. Plus, you can search the catalog for even more books relating to immigration experiences!

"The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources--because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and people."
-Lyndon B. Johnson

Contact the reference desk if you ever have any questions on where to locate information on immigration.

- Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Sunday, October 19, 2014

American Nerd and Beautiful Chemistry

We now have a print copy of American Nerd: The Story of My People (Benjamin Nugent, 2009) ready for check-out. Here's a description of the book from EBSCOhost's Book Index with Reviews database:
"A social exploration of the concept of the intellectual misfit presents a tour of nerd subcultures while tracing the personality's evolution in the media, literature, and society, in a report that reveals lesser-known common traits and interests among various subcultures."

To find more books like this one, search the library from the home page for such terms as: nerd; geek; gifted persons; popular culture; digital media; or technology and youth.

Off-campus folks: Fill out the Book Request Form linked to the library home page under the Services > Forms tab to have print circulating books shipped to you from the library. (We pay to ship to you; you pay to ship them back.)

Or, satisfy your inner-geek with a visit to the Beautiful Chemistry website. One of its videos was featured in the online Time magazine article "These Amazing Chemical Reactions Will Show You the True Beauty of Science" (8Oct14 reprint of Rachel Oakley's Lost at E Minor article). Talk about beautiful chemistry.
Then, enjoy looking through Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art (Harry W. Greene, 2013), another eBook in our collection that continues the discussion of science as art.

What a great day for Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out, wouldn't you say?

--Sandy Hawes, Online Services Librarian