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LEAP Fall 2011, Prof. Ownby: Visit 2

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.

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Help Guide--Credo Reference

In addition to the User Guide, videos are available for viewing.

Images for the Final Project

Why Use Reference Books?

Before you begin writing a paper it's helpful to have a good overview of your topic. Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference material can help you.  If a topic looks interesting, but you don't know enough about it, or you want a source of information other than your textbook, academic reference sources are what you need.  You'll learn about the most important aspects of your topic, the important researchers, and many of these sources will list citations to key articles, books and book chapters.

There are many reference sources in the Marriott Library. Some are in the Knowledge Commons; some in the ARC (Automatic Retrieval Center); some in the main library collection; and some online. As you use Usearch, you will be able to see many helpful library resources and their location.

In today's session, you will be using Credo Reference, a new acquisition for the Marriott Library. By using Credo Reference, you will learn basic concepts about the topic, vocabulary used within the topic, and link to other reference or basic resources. Be creative and have fun!

So use the Credo Reference Search box in the left hand column on this page or go to the Article Databases tab on the Library's home page to get started!


Bonus TIP: Turn off personalization for Google Search!!

Even though we are not going to be using Google search alot in LEAP, this is an important message!

Do you know that Google has a personalization service for you? It actually "filters" what you receive based upon what you clicked on to read in past searches when you've used Google ! This may mean that you are unlikely to receive any conflicting or information with a different perspective on a topic. And you've heard in class that it is  best to be able to answer objections or opposing perspectives in any report or project you write! For an explanation of how to turn off this personalization service, read this!


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