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Librarians Share Tips and Resources to Help Students Succeed

Apr 14, 2014

The Oral Communications and English Composition classes at the Florence Campus recently had the opportunity to hear presentations from Cheryl Heer, campus librarian, and Melanie Sperling, outreach manager for the Boone County Public Library.  The librarians emphasized how mastering the art of research is a lifelong skill that will serve them well personally and professionally.  Cheryl discussed how important information literacy is in our digital age when there is so much information available to us.  She said that by knowing how to find and use accurate information from credible sites, students will enhance their own credibility as researchers and writers.

Ms. Sperling informed the students about the resources and services that are available to them to complement their campus library’s collection and services.  She showed them databases that offer peer reviewed publications, culture grams containing information on the culture and customs of countries worldwide, Access Video on Demand, and Freegal, which provides three free MP3 downloads per week.
Ms. Sperling and Cheryl also discussed search strategies using truncation, Boolean operators, and quotation marks to limit, expand, and exclude terms from a search query.  Both demonstrated how students can refine a search from 14,000 results to a much more manageable 150 by using these techniques.
Medical assisting student Faith Sullivan said, “Thanks to these two librarians, I learned how to be a more efficient researcher and about the services and resources available to me on campus and at the public library.”

Medical assisting student Faith Sullivan (l) is shown with Melanie Sperling, outreach manager of the Boone County Public Library.