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LEAP Fall 2011, Prof. Ownby: Home

LEAP is a year-long learning community for entering University students. It consists of two three-credit-hour courses – one fall semester, one spring semester – taken with the same professor and classmates, allowing students to build community.




My name is Rebekah Cummings, and I am your LEAP class librarian . I am happy to assist you with your research, and I look forward to working with each of you! Let's plan on making individual appointments with one another.  

Using To secure access to subscription resources at the Marriott Library, please enter by accessing your account at with your UNID and password. You may also wish to use the campus VPN.

LEAP Pre-assessment

This pre-assessment will help me know how much you already understand about academic library research and how to effectively broaden what you already know. Please answer as best you know how at this point. There is no grade attached. In fact the responses are anonymous.

New to the U?

This campus guide called "New to the U" provides lots of helpful information to be successful! Please review this before the second library visit. There will be a quiz!

What is the Invisible Web?

Course Learning Objectives

LEAP students will:

    • become familiar with the physical layout and library services in order to know where to find information and where they may go for help.
    • be able to access library materials in print or online format in order to successfully locate materials.
    • be able to describe the publishing cycle in order to effectively identify appropriate resources for individual or group research projects.
    • be able to distinguish between various formats of information in order to access appropriate resources.
    • understand the difference between scholarly and popular resources in order to select appropriate resources for projects.
    • be able to use basic and advanced search strategies including Boolean operators, truncation, wild cards to able to create effective search statements in order to find relevant information on their topic using online catalogs, article databases and search engines.
    • be introduced to basic concepts of record structure in order to develop an elementary understanding of the fundamentals of author, title, subject, and keyword searching and the impact on effective resource discovery*.
    • learn evaluation strategies for Web resources in order to be able to identify quality Web sites and pages.
    • understand the "code of student rights and responsibilities" in order to give proper credit to authors and avoid copyright infringement and plagiarism.


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Rebekah Cummings
J Willard Marriott Library
295 South 1500 East
Faculty Center, 1705Y

Wireless Printing Available Now!

This page allows patrons to send PDFs from their wireless devices to the Marriott Library and Student Computing Labs print queues. For other file types, you can convert your file to a PDF first.

Measuring What You Learn in LEAP

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