We are approaching the midpoint of the semester, and now those major assignments that seemed so far away in August are coming on like a freight train. Trust me, I know how you feel. It wasn’t so long ago that I was in school—just last semester, in fact—so I vividly remember that sense of dread that comes with looming deadlines.
But now I’m your new Undergraduate Instruction & Outreach Librarian, so my focus is on helping you nail your assignments instead of working on my own.
If you haven’t started your research yet, I really recommend you start as soon as possible. Part of the fun of library research is that it never goes quite like you expected, but that’s also what can make it frustrating. By starting sooner rather than later, you’ll be able to navigate those research hiccups more easily.
If you do find yourself frustrated or at a dead end, don’t be shy about asking for help. The Ask a Librarian service allows you to contact a librarian by email, chat, phone, or text, whichever is easiest for you. Drop by the reference desk when it’s open (check the hours here) to talk to someone face to face. And if you’re really at a loss for where to start, consider scheduling an individual research consultation to get some in-depth assistance from a librarian.
Don’t forget, helping undergraduates is my job—no question or problem is too small or silly, so come find me if you need anything! I’m excited to meet as many of you as possible and find out what interesting topics you’ll be researching this semester.