4 Ways We Can Help YOU!

November 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Posted in databases, news, Research Specialists, services | Comments Off on 4 Ways We Can Help YOU!

This week classes meet only Monday and Tuesday, after the weekend starts Study Week, and then Finals’ Week will be here. Maybe you’re all caught up on your assignments, but if you still have some work to do, consider the ways that Galvin Library can help:

Librarians
Stop by the Research Help Office on the second floor of Galvin from 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday and from 12pm to 4pm Sunday to meet with a friendly librarian. Librarians have Masters Degrees,  meaning they are experts at helping students discover, evaluate and use information. The office is private so you will feel comfortable asking questions.

Research Specialists 
On evenings and weekends the Research Help Office is staffed with peer-tutors known as Research Specialists. They are highly trained and specially selected upper level student leaders at IIT. They have done many of the same assignments as you, and can help you find the sources they know professors want to see. They have also been trained to assist with your writing questions, and meeting with one of these students is an excellent option for anyone who may be busy during the day when the Writing Center is open.

Online
When it’s too cold to walk from one building to the next, or you’re out of town on holiday, you can instant message, email, or even text message us your questions. You can also search one of our many subscription databases with peer-reviewed journals. We are famous for our quick response times. Reach us online at library.iit.edu/ask.

On Your Own
For the DIY student, use our online Research Guides at library.iit.edu/subjects. These guides identify which of the more than 100 databases Galvin subscribes to will be the best for your topic. It provides you with search methods, evaluation tips, and much more.

National Library Week April 13-19

April 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, events, National Library Week, Research Specialists | Comments Off on National Library Week April 13-19

heart of the book's pagesApril 13-19 is National Library Week and this year’s theme is Lives Change @ Your Library. Libraries are integral to their communities and the Paul V. Galvin Library is YOUR library. Galvin Library has expert and helpful staff, online books and articles NOT found on Google, and 24 hour spaces, both collaborative and quiet, making Galvin Library an integral part of YOUR university experience. Celebrate National Library Week with us in various ways.

Our student Research Specialists will be on the MTCC bridge from 12:40-1:50 Tuesday and Wednesday with prizes, testing your knowledge or seeking your opinion.

  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16  – Show Us What You Know (Galvin Library trivia game)
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 17 – Your Opinion Matters: Tell Us about YOUR library

Tuesday is National Library Workers Day so if you’re in the library, let library staff know how much you appreciate what they do!

All week inside the library we’ll be inviting you to our “graffiti wall” to Share Your Favorite Things @ Galvin Library, or share them on our Facebook page, and we’ll be passing out Lifesavers, because two weeks before IPRO and 3 weeks before Finals, librarians at Galvin Library might be just the “Lifesaver” you need to find statistics, quotes, peer reviewed articles and surveys that bolster your research and impress your professors. Stop by the Research Help Office on the upper level or contact us by IM, email or phone.

 

Research Help Available – Your Way!

November 6, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Posted in news, Research Specialists, research tools | Comments Off on Research Help Available – Your Way!

iStock_000000743945MediumYou’ve received a research assignment – paper or project, individual or group work, and now you are faced with a decision. Procrastinate, search Google at 2 a.m. and hand in mediocre work or use library resources, including expert researchers, and hand in a top-notch effort that dazzles the instructor.  Research help is available and you can choose your own way to using library resources.

Librarians
Librarians are expert researchers who know the best sources for you to use and they are available for individual consultations to help you with any aspect of your research, from research papers to theses and dissertation research. You can find librarians in the Research Help Office (RHO) on the second floor of Galvin Library or you can make an appointment for uninterrupted time. Librarians have Masters Degrees in Library and Information Science, which means they are experts at helping students discover, evaluate and use information. Find librarian schedules in the RHO or make an appointment.

• Student Research Specialists
On evenings and weekends the RHO is staffed with peer-tutors known as Research Specialists. They are undergraduate or graduate students who are familiar with library resources, but the real benefit of meeting with research specialists is that they have done many of the same assignments as you, and know the requirements of instructors. This is an excellent option for any student who may be busy during the day and cannot meet with a librarian. Schedules for these students can also be found at by selecting the Visit the RHO option on the Ask a Librarian page.

• Online
When it’s too cold or rainy to walk from one building to the next, you can instant message, email, or even text message the library with your questions.  We are famous for our quick response times. You can reach us online and its your choice of text, IM, email or phone.

• On your own
Of course, IIT students are known for their independent critical thinking skills, so if you’re the DIY type, you should use our online Research Guides. Galvin Library has more than 100 subscription databases and these guides identify which of the databases will be the best for your topic.  The guides will provide you with search methods, evaluation tips, and much more because they were created by our librarians. So you get the expert advice, but don’t have to come to the library. The guides are perfect when you want to do that 2:00 AM Google search.

Galvin Library is here to help you with your research, and can assist with your academic and professional goals!

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