Category: Tips and Tricks

Course Material Scanning and Reserves

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Electronic reserves are made available to students in their Canvas course. If you need to make a request, please see How to make an E-Reserves Request.  At the moment the library is only processing electronic reserves. Because of the present crisis, it is unknown whether … Continue Reading

Returning or Renewing USF Library Materials

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Returning Materials If you have books, DVDs, CDs, or similar materials that need to be returned to the USF Libraries, you may use the book returns to do so. The return date will be back-dated when the USF Libraries reopen for business. … Continue Reading

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week

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Commissioned by the Association of Research Libraries, Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week from February 24-28 is “designed to highlight and promote fair use/fair dealing, to explain these concepts and to celebrate successful stories.  This downloadable Fair Use Fundamentals infographic explains what fair use … Continue Reading

Sage Research Methods Database

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The SAGE Research Methods database includes a comprehensive collection of resources related to research methods with more than 1,000 books (such as Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series) reference works, journal articles and instructional videos to guide users about various research … Continue Reading

Featured E-book: The Creative Qualitative Researcher

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The Creative Qualitative Researcher: Writing That Makes Readers Want to Read by Ronald J. Pelias (Routledge), discusses the concept of “creative scholarship, which asks researchers to use literary skills to evoke the emotional/intellectual complexity of the subject matter. Four qualitative methods are … Continue Reading

Why Choose the Library Catalog over the Findit Search Tool?

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Sometimes less is more when it comes to search tools. Why use the library catalog when you can access book records from the all-inclusive Findit Tool? One reason you might want to use the catalog has to do with the fact that you are more clicks away from getting useful information should you want to find a physical item such as a print book in the library. The catalog has more functionality than the Findit Tool if you want more local information like where to locate your item using floor maps of your library or if you want to construct an advanced search to look for either a specific location of materials in the library (like children’s books) or a specific format of material, like videos. This post features a video tutorial on how to conduct an advanced search in the library catalog to filter for specific material you may be looking for in the library.

Featured E-book Navigating Challenges in Qualitative Educational Research

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Navigating Challenges in Qualitative Educational Research, from Routledge by Todd Ruecker and Vanessa Svihla, discusses how education researchers navigate the qualitative research process, along with a myriad of decision points. This work offers students and other researchers insights on how to deal with research challenges.

APA Style Central Name Change

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APA Style Central, the product from the library that includes the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association full text, is now called Academic Writer. For instructions on how to access the Manual from Academic Writer, click here.

Citation: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

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Students often get confused about citing their sources and where to get help with APA, MLA and other citation formats. This video overview about citing sources might help. Please encourage students to talk to the writing center tutors or a librarian if they need assistance!