Given the fact that we live in an online world, and many peoples experience with looking for information begins and ends with Google, we figured we should include some guides in how to use the slightly old fashioned information storage technology of books. If you already know how to find information in books, magazines, news papers, and other print resources quickly and efficiently feel free to skip this section.
Useful parts of a book to know about:
Finding an item in the Learning Commons by "Call Number" - the little number on the side of the item.
Tip: Citation information for print edition magazine & journal articles can be tricky to find. Author, Title of article, and page numbers are right there with the article; however Volume and Issue numbers are often hidden in tiny boxes or tiny print on the bottom of a seemingly random page. Some magazines are nice and place this information on the cover or spine, but not many do that.
The images below shows and example of what to look for to cite a print magazine article - taken from Automotive News Journal.
Bonus Tip: Once you have a article title you want to use you can look up that title in one of our many databases and see if there is a digital version. If there is, all the citation information will be in one place...The details and abstract page. This makes it much easier to cite the source.
The Learning Commons has much more than just books and magazines.
The Learning Commons also has:
Brody Privacy Lounge Chairs
Plug in, lean back, and tune out the world so you can get work done in comfort.
Two electrical outlets, a desk lamp, lap desk, foot rest, and of course a comfortable lounge chair are all part of these privacy pods.
The Learning Commons also has 3 Yoga Ball chairs in assorted sizes.
The ukulele's, calculators, and charging cables can be check out just like books.
The games and puzzles stay in the Learning Commons for anyone to use while they are there for a little fun.
Just ask the Learning Commons staff and we will help you find what you are looking for.
Still did not find the help you were looking for?
Fell free to contact Learning Commons staff anytime for assistance.
E-Mail the Learning Commons Staff
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