Monday, February 25, 2013

Fun with LibGuides: what you may be missing in the wide, wide world of reading! (With apologies to Sheldon Cooper and his "Fun with Flags" webcast)

Study like a scholar, scholar

So here’s the thing…we’ve had our LibGuides now for about a year and a half, and I’d be willing to bet that, unless you’ve had a teacher who required you to use one, you’ve never seen them.  That would be a darned shame, to tell you the truth.  The guides are one-stop-shops for research assignments, both specific and general.  We have one which is a go-to for all things research—links to all the databases and where to sign in to get the database usernames and passwords, citation help, access to the library catalog, website evaluation, keyword selection, and even a YouTube video on how to paraphrase to avoid plagiarism!   For your amusement, we’ve included a YouTube parody of the Old Spice ad.

John Green, author
But wait!  There’s more!  If you’d like some helpful handy hints about great books you could be reading, check out (please note the libraryesque phrase!) our guide called, “Books!  Wonderful books!.”  We had our Teen Advisory Board members (10th-12th grade students) suggest titles they’d recommend to their friends, including a group of not-necessarily-literary-gems that instantly draw you in, entitled “Guilty Pleasures.”  Did we stop there?  We did not.  We included blogs of some of the most popular authors, as well as YouTube videos from Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak), Kathryn Stockett (The Help), and John Green (The Fault in our Stars and more).  AND, as if that weren't enough, we have lists of recent award-winning titles that you may want to read.

You there you have it, a post about LibGuides, with links to two of them, along with the New Spice YouTube video.  May they bring you great joy in the days and weeks to come. 

Mrs. Hodge

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