We just uploaded 3 new videos on YouTube! The first one tells you how to find a print book in the library.
Another new video: How to find ebooks using the Kirkwood Library Catalog.
How to find journals using the Kirkwood Library Catalog.
What is a LibGuide?
A LibGuide is the name of a company that makes interactive research tools that give students a leg up on their research up by gathering basic or hard to find resources ahead of time. Each LibGuide focuses on a particular topic and each one can have different types of resources as needed. So each LibGuide can have suggested book titles, links to ebooks, links to database articles, links to websites, contacts for organizations, embedded videos, etc. It can also include suggested subject headings or alternative terms they might want to search. You may have already dealt with our LibGuides for MLA and APA citation.
Why Is It Valuable?
A LibGuide is useful for students new to the research process or new to a field of interest. It can save them time by steering them towards material the library owns in collections they may not have thought of searching or books that are related and can be applied, but aren’t EXACTLY on their topic. It can also get them to websites that have been prescreened by you or library staff to get them off the top couple of Google results.
Want a LibGuide?
If you have a particular subject or assignment you want a LibGuide for:
Find a LibGuide
To find any of our LibGuides
If you are doing research, you may also want to do a Google search with your topic and the word LibGuide to search for such guides made by libraries all over the world that might point you in the direction of new resources.
A frequent student question is: “My instructor says I can’t use the internet for my assignment. Does that mean I can’t use the library’s online databases?
Generally, by the “internet” instructors mean websites that you can access for free on the open web. For your research projects, your instructor may not want you to search for information on the web using search engines like Google or Yahoo. This is very different from using your computer to access the many databases that the library provides for your research which have already been checked over by the publishers before publication. However, some instructors have specific projects where they don’t want you to use databases, or specifically that you should use paper books or journals, so you should double check this with your instructors.
We have added a new database to the library collection. It is called CQ Researcher and is available at:
CQ Researcher is published by Congressional Quarterly and provides unbiased accounts of issues on the public agenda.
Each report (1991-present) includes the following sections:
Off-campus access: If you are prompted for a login, please contact the library (toll-free: 1-866-452-8504) for a username and password.