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Writing 10 (Ayik): Library Welcome

College Reading & Composition

Session Goals

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • develop a manageable research question and keywords to use in your search
  • use library databases to find relevant articles
  • access materials to use in your research

Instruction Librarian

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Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco
Contact:
KL 275
209-631-8359
Social: Twitter Page

Instruction Librarian

Elizabeth Salmon

Research Services Librarian
Liaison to Political Science, Public Health, & Sociology Departments
Kolligian Library 275
(209) 631-6954 (work cell)
esalmon@ucmerced.edu

Writing Center

Are you ...

  • developing a thesis?
  • organizing your ideas?
  • incorporating evidence?

Visit the Writing Center for an individual, virtual consultation with a peer.

Hours & Location

The Writing Center is located in the Kolligian Library, Room 296. 

Appointments are available.

Fall Hours

Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Find out more about us here.
 

Appointments 

  • Appointments can be made at WCOnline.
  • Students may schedule up to 60 minutes per day (one 60-minute session or two 30-minute sessions)
  • Students may schedule up to 2 appointments per week.

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Upcoming Workshops

Library Terms You Need to Know

  • abstract - A brief summary of the content of a book or article.
  • Boolean logic - using short words (AND, OR, NOT) to tell a database how search words related to each other. AND narrows a search.  OR broadens a search.  NOT removes a concept from a search. Examples: cats AND leukemia, cats OR felines, cats NOT siamese.
  • citation - A short description of a book, article or web page that has been quoted or used as a source. MLA style example:
       Burns, Tom, and Sandra Sinfield. Essential Study Skills: The complete guide to success at university. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2003.
  • controlled vocabulary/descriptors - Carefully selected words or phrases used to tag information for easy retrieval.  Example: pants may be the descriptor for trousers, slacks, dungarees, etc.
  • database - A searchable electronic catalog or index that helps you find articles and other library materials.
    • link resolver - Allows you to get from the citation to the actual article (full text), regardless of which database you find it in. Ours is UC-eLinks.

                   

    • interlibrary loan - A free library service that allows you to borrow materials from other libraries.
    • journal - A scholarly magazine that contains articles written by professors, researchers or experts in a subject area.
    • truncation - A search technique in which you use a symbol to search for variations on a word. Example: educat* searches educate, education, educator, etc.