Social Sciences & Humanities news: Research & Course Guides link

Feb 10, 2016

Ever clicked on the link to Research & Course Guides? ?Discover research, subject area, course and information literacy guides.?

Librarians have for years taken the responsibility to aggregate important resources by topic that are available to their communities, at first as print guides that list and explain print research resources available in the library. With the explosion of the Web and the library?s continued focus on purchasing electronic finding tools and materials, the focus of guides has changed. Now librarians create guides that link mostly to electronic resources to explore in an array of subjects:? Animal Science, Asian American Studies, Marketing, Education, Linguistics, Chemistry, and Psychology, to name a few. These subject research guides usually include links to relevant databases, advice on finding books and journal articles, links to authoritative websites, and more.

There are special guides that don?t quite fit into discipline categories. For instance, there are a whole series of information literacy guides that cover such topics as website evaluation, the differences between primary and secondary sources and between scholarly and popular materials, and plagiarism. These guides are directed primarily at students. There are other guides of more interest to faculty:? how to set up alert services, documenting impact and increasing visibility, copyright for research and teaching, finding grants, promotion and tenure, and open access, to name a few.

Contact the subject librarian for more information. Or click on the Guides link on the library home page and discover.?