Friday, November 6, 2009

It's That Time of the Semester Again!

Time to start your research, that is.

With the end of the semester quickly approaching, it is time to start finding research materials for papers, projects and other assignments. Hopefully you've had at least one orientation session at the NCC Libraries, where you learned how to find books and search the periodical databases.

If you haven't visited the Library or need a refresher on how to do research, you're in luck! The NCC Librarians have been hard at work creating Research Guides, customized Web sites designed to help your research anxiety disappear.

What kind of information can you find on a Research Guide? Here are some examples:

  • Suggested keywords for specific topics

  • Ideas to help narrow your topic

  • Information on searching for books, including lists of relevant titles

  • Recommendations on the best databases to use for specific subjects

  • Links to reliable Web sites

  • Advice on creating citations

  • Videos that demonstrate how to perform database searches

... and much more!

To take advantage of this collected wisdom, all you need to do is visit our Research Guides home page, and choose a course or topic for which you need information. Courses covered by our Research Guides include:

  • English I
  • English II (Literature Criticism)
  • Speech Communication
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Political Science
  • Medical Terminology
  • Sociology
  • Marketing
  • Stay tuned, there are more Research Guides being added all the time!

Once you've located the appropriate Research Guide, you can navigate around the site by clicking on various tabs. All of the Research Guides include instructions for contacting an NCC Librarian, so don't hesitate to call or e-mail if you need assistance!

Best of luck with your end-of-semester research. We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

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