By Anita Norton, MLIS
Director, Excelsior College Library
The Library’s research guides are tools that assist students in becoming familiar with resources in their specific subject areas. There are a variety of formats of sources, attempting to address the variety of learning styles of our users. You will also find continuity across guides so students using a guide in one course will also be able to use a guide in another course, as it applies to the specific discipline/topic.
The librarians created the research guides several years ago as a subject-specific starting point for research. Instead of getting to the library’s homepage and not knowing where to start, go to the research guide for the subject that you are researching for a list of recommended resources all in one spot.
The guides will provide links to recommended subject-specific research databases and web resources (such as podcasts, RSS feeds, and professional association websites). They also highlight featured ebooks, journals, topic pages, and videos from the Library’s collection. You will find similar content on our other types of guides (course guides, general help guides, or types of sources guides).
The guides serve as a great starting point for students to begin their research. They can also be used at point of need, linking them for easy access in a course module, in the text of an assignment or in a discussion thread…the use is limitless!
These guides can have a great impact on a students’ ability to approach an assignment with more confidence and proficiency. All that is needed is a little encouragement and direction to get them started.
Don’t forget, the librarians even have a guide for you as faculty…check it out! You will find a map on how to navigate the library, information on what’s available in the library for you and much more.