September 24th, 2008

The Librarian as Spy


One of the best things about going to colloquia is hearing learners talk about researching. I get to be a kind of “spy,” listening in as you talk about the tools you use and the problems you face when searching. Only a portion of learners contact us with a reference question, so this is my one opportunity to find out what’s going on with the rest of you.

So far I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the variety of resources Capella’s doctoral learners are accessing. Just a year ago I never heard learners mention WorldCat. Learners also talked about looking at bibliographies (we librarians refer to it as bibliography mining), and a few have even mentioned searching for the resources that have cited the articles they already have (cited reference searching).

Knowing about these and other advanced search techniques can greatly enhance the quality of the resources you use. They can also speed up your search, making your research time more effective and efficient.

For more advanced search techniques, check out the library’s Resources for Doctoral Learners section of the Guides and Tutorials page. We’ve posted several guides here that can move you beyond basic searching.

– Erin

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