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LEAP: Issues of Life & Death + War & Peace

Library guide to support the examination of contemporary issues of life & death, war & peace; through multifaceted approaches (a library speciality!) to problem solving and ethical dilemmas.

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Dale Larsen

I love to help with your research: from just seeing the assignment, to wrapping up with citation management -drop me a line or come by 1726C on the first floor of the Marriott Library

Send me an e-mail -I'd love to hear from you!

Welcome to the library!

Herzog, F. (1968). Main barber [Archival pigment print]. Retrieved from

‚ÄčHow on earth did I cite this!?  You can get
training and help for citation tools from the library:
     End Note (basic and the full versions): Lorelei Rutledge 
     Zotero: Rebecca Cummings  Dale's Video Overview!
     NoodleTools: Darby Fanning

The academic library can feel like a mysterious and ever-changing entity -that somehow boils down to a paragon of bookishness (if that's a word).  During this semester I will be your guide to the most important research methods & tricks available for an undergraduate student in an academic library today -and I promise we'll have some fun along the way, too.

OBJECTIVES for library class 1:
Students will learn (and demonstrate its application) a basic set of information literacy criteria.

Students will learn the foundations of how academic libraries work in 3 components: how to work with a librarian in an academic library, what an academic library building is best utilized, and how to take maximum advantage of any academic library website.

What is information literacy and how do we measure it? 
"Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning." 

DMUELLER. (2015, February 9). Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education [Text]. Retrieved September 16, 2019, from Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) website:


Dale's Information Literacy Criteria: PADRE

-let's find the worst possible, least credible, most biased, authoritatively weak, etc. info -i.e. The Race to the Bottom!


Discovering multiple points-of-view using library databases 
How do I find out the most important points-of-view, opinions and ideas surrounding the discussion on a controversial subject?  Searching the open web is a great place to start, but in order to validate the importance of many points of view, we want an impartial researcher to help

Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Researcher  remember to try different keywords, and sort by date-newest)
CQ Magazine -a slimmer version, with less detailed reports, but similar to the one listed above
Academic Search Ultimate (mash of every discipline pop+scholar)

US Newsstream (most newspapers across the U.S.)


Who is the person to help me and my students with subjects? Library "Campus Guides" -search by subject. see also: Graduate & Undergraduate Services

What the heck did Dale mean by Ontological Security and Existential Anxiety?
Kinnvall, C. (2004). Globalization and Religious Nationalism: Self, Identity, and the Search for Ontological Security. Political Psychology, 25(5), 741–767.

yo! I'm a box!

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