At the Snow College Libraries, librarians work hard to find and provide the best information possible. To help us facilitate getting that information to our campus community, we were pleased to launch Snow College Library Research Guides last year. These Research Guides, or “LibGuides”, bring all library resources on specific topics together in one easy-to-navigate space. They include information, resources, and links to relevant and reliable scholarship on a subject. We can even create them for specific assignments (contact Laura Faatz at ext. 7361 for more information). Guides are created by your librarians, and we encourage feedback and constructive criticism from our colleagues in the classroom as well.
Why should the campus community use research guides? They can be integrated into Canvas to give students and faculty easier accessibility to library sources. They also make research less overwhelming and help information seekers focus their research. In addition, information is updated frequently to include new resources. Each guide includes a homepage with a subject overview and several ways to contact the library (through text, chat or email). The “Articles” page pinpoints specific databases geared toward focused information. The “Books” tab highlights particular books in the topic area, but also points information searchers to our catalog and shelves to find more items. The “Web Resources” tab steers searchers to reliable online information that is authoritative, objective, current, and of high quality. So far, we have published 16 guides, with more on the way. Encourage your students to use these guides to make their academic lives easier! http://libguides.snow.edu/
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