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Welcome and How to Use This Tutorial

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A little about myself:

  • During my career here I have been a librarian in the Education Library, the Waldo Library Systems Office, and the Waldo Library Instruction and Outreach Department.
  • I have spent most of my time as the subject librarian for communication, social work,  sociology,  and most recently - economics.
  • My research interests and publications have focused on information literacy, usability in libraries, and most recently experimenting with using a telepresence robot on loan from the WMU Communication and Social Robotics Lab in the library!

What about you?

I would enjoy finding out a bit about yourself and am eager to help with your research pursuits as well. Please drop me a line using my contact information.


Assessing Information Effectively and Efficiently Module: Objectives

 Objectives for this module are as follows:

  1. understand the importance of advanced subject-specific research tools for finding scholarly sources
  2. understand the purpose of the library subject guides for identifying “best bets," such as Communication and Mass Media Complete and other select disciplinary article databases.
  3. understand what distinguishes scholarly journals from other sources and why you would use them.
  4. be able to structure and conduct an advanced keyword search in a database
  5. be able to identify features for broadening and limiting a search and why you would use them
  6. understand how to retrieve full text of articles online at no cost to you
  7. be able to obtain materials we do not own through interlibrary loan

Special acknowledgement: Thanks to Librarian, Kate Langan, for her support and encouragement regarding the development of this tutorial for library instruction.

My Contact Information

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Patricia Vander Meer
Waldo Library

Research and Instruction Services

(269) 387-5191