Category Archives: Reference/Research

The Great Research Paper Write-In

TONIGHT, the Link Writing Center and Library Services are sponsoring The Great Research Paper Write-In. The Write-In will take place from 6-9pm in the Writing Center and in the B17 Link Lab on the ground floor of Brown Library. A research librarian and English instructor will be on hand to help students with research and using the databases, and four writing consultants will be available to give assistance in the Writing Center. Students will also be able to print drafts of their papers for free. Goodies and giveaways will be provided.
Questions? Please contact the Academic Link (540-857-6442) or Library Services (540-857-7303) for more information. We hope to see you there!

New Book Highlights

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Did you know there is a new book display in the library now? One of these new books is So You Want to Be a Teacher?: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century, by Janice Koch (call # LB1775 .K635 2009). Are you thinking about a teaching career? Check this book out. (Another great resource for guidance in any career choice is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.)

The second is an eBook titled Reform of Eyewitness Identification Procedures by Brian L. Cutler. The author looks deep into the issue of eyewitness identifications. Are you interested in psychology or a career in justice administration? You might find this book helpful. To find it, search in the APA PsycNET database, choose PsycBOOKS at the top, and set your search for book title.

New Shakespeare Portraits Found? A Tale of Two Sources.

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Courtesy flickr user Drew Maughan – Creative Commons -Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

We love it when an announcement is made that a new portrait of Shakespeare is discovered. These stories are popular because everyone wants to see what the author of “Hamlet” and “Romeo and Juliet” looked like. The problem is that there is no definitive portrait out there. Every portrait must endure incredible scrutiny from scientists and scholars and, no matter the results, the experts will fall into one of three camps: yes, no, and maybe.

Compare two stories about recent discoveries of Shakespeare portraits. One is from Discovery News titled “Two New Portraits of Shakespeare Found” by Rozella Lorenzi, posted 12 February 2014. It’s the online news arm of the television folks who bring you Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel. Think about these questions based on the short article. Are there other portraits with competing claims of authenticity? The one scholar mentioned in the article is in the yes camp. Are there others who are in the “no” or “maybe” camp? Is it possible these portraits are not authentic? Who is the author?

A second article is from Science Daily, titled “Lifetime Portrait of Shakespeare Discovered?” based on material from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, posted March 10, 2009. Think about these two articles. What differences do you notice in how the information is presented? See Science Daily’s About Section on the page (scroll to the bottom). Which is a more reliable source of information: Science Daily or Discovery News?

Both articles make for interesting reading for the general public. But, as a college student, you have to carefully consider the sources you use in your work and don’t be afraid to question what you read.

New Guide Helps You Find Statistical Information!

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Brown Library is putting the power of statistical information in your hands. Our new Statistics LibGuide, short for Library Guide, is a website with links to nearly 60 governmental and not-for-profit statistics sites. It just got much easier for you to find statistical information for your papers and projects. Find statistics on population, crime, religious beliefs, health-related topics, and the environment, among others.

There you will find the statistics guide and other LibGuides specific to classes offered here at Virginia Western.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need help with your research assignments.