July 2nd, 2008

Tips for New Learners: Relevance and Library Help

A few weeks ago I posted two library tips for new learners.

Here are two more below:

1. Sort by Relevance:
Sometimes your results look random at first, since the databases sort articles by date as a default. So the most recent article will be at the top – not the most relevant. Luckily, there’s an option to change the way articles are sorted to Relevance. Look for a Sorting drop-down menu all the way on the right of your article results list – straight across from the number of articles. It should say “Sort By – Date.” Change it to “Sort By – Relevance” to bring the best articles to the top (according to your keywords).

2. Contact a Librarian for Search Help:
The librarians are available most weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST. We recently added extra hours on Monday, when we are open until 8 p.m. We’ve added some Saturday hours, as well: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST. These are the hours you can normally get us right away via phone. We promise a reply in 8 business hours for email, but our average is much lower. (If you don’t get a response in eight hours, check your junk mail folder or let us know! Sometimes our emails get rejected without us knowing.)

— Erika

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