With the majority of students and staff being advised to work and study from home, this is how our librarians are supporting online learning…
Our Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation Librarian, Allison, has students asking her all kinds of questions. How to refine their searches so they don’t get overwhelmed with citations? Where they can go to find the information they need? And, whether she can help create sophisticated searches for comprehensive reviews of literature?
It doesn’t end at research. We also hear underlying questions that are more about people’s anxieties and disconnections from campus while they are working at home. How do I figure out the University of Alberta Library system when I’m not on campus? How do I deal with lack of motivation? How can I get software for a course project when I can’t get to the computer labs easily?
Learning is about emotional and physical self as much as intellectual self. It’s okay to ask us about campus mental health resources and strategies to help you as you work through this time. It’s okay to express your worry about a project or say that you need help.
We can also help to explain search and some research processes in plain language. Feeling overwhelmed at having to complete a literature review? Unsure about how to conduct a systematic search?
Use our Foundational Tutorials if you are new to searching. We break down the search process step by step; a few moments watching these can mean you save time when you’re looking for the literature.
We remember what it’s like not to know. We’re part of a huge network of people in the Library and on campus who want to connect you to the information you need, whether that information comes as a book, journal article, or by talking to another person. You’re not alone!