Whether you are doing research for a speech or a paper, the Kirtland Library has many resources designed to make the process easier. The library's web page will help you find the resource you are looking for.
Research is easier if you take it a step at a time. Review the following tutorial for an overview of the research process.
The Assignment Calculator helps you pace your work. Enter the date the assignment is due and it will break the assignment into parts. Each part has links to further information to assist you with that step of the process. Enter a date, and give it a try.
"Consider the source" is a common saying which means that you should think about who is providing the information. The person says, "consider the source" to indicate that he thinks the information provider is not reliable and may be offering biased or inaccurate information.
The Kirtland Catalog holds the records of the books, audio books, DVDs, magazines, and other items owned by the Kirtland Library. We have added records for the e-books and downloadable audio books available through OverDrive to the Kirtland Catalog too.
This guide page shows you where you will find the Kirtland Catalog and the basics of searching it.
There may be times you want a book or article that the Kirtland Library does not have or more. You can check to see if other libraries have the book by searching for it in WorldCat. When you find the item you want, you can ask the Kirtland Library to request the item from the other library through interlibrary loan. The guide below explains the interlibrary loan process.
Kirtland Library has two main collections of ebooks. The e-brary ebook collection has many nonfiction titles available to you with your single sign-on. The OverDrive collection has both ebooks and audio books and has a mix of nonfiction and popular fiction. To check out OverDrive titles you need to have an active account with the library and have your library issued PIN. The following guides have more information about these collections.
College research becomes easier when you become familiar with library databases. Library databases give you access to journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, as well as videos, and audio recordings. Much of what is available through library databases is not available on the open web. At first some databases may look boring because you won't see ads or links to unrelated sites. However once you become familiar with them, you will appreciate their usefulness.
Searching library databases is a little different than doing an internet search. The guide below provides tips for making your searches more productive.
CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints in Context databases are good places to begin your research. Both are user-friendly and can be helpful when you are looking for a topic.
After researching your topic, you will want to make sure you use the information you've gathered in an ethical manner. Doing so will help you avoid plagiarism. Learn more about ethical writing by reviewing the information on the Ethical Writing Choices page. Be sure to view at least one of the videos. They may be corny, but they are informative.
NoodleTools is an online tool used to create citations for your paper and your References/Works Cited page.
**You need to access NoodleTools through the library's web page to be recognized as a Kirtland student.**
Tutoring and The Writing Center are both located in the library. Learn about the services they provide and how to contact them on the page linked below.
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Q: How can you check out a book if you don't come to the Roscommon campus?
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