Is It Time to Visit the Library?

Posted by on October 28, 2014

Your haven of information, the library at the Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud campus is the go-to place for all of your research needs.

Campus Librarian, Neil Vig

Do you have questions about iPads, laptops, desktops, books, articles, websites, APA format, ebooks, the Student Launchpad and so much more? Campus Librarian, Neil Vig, is the person you want to see.

“The library is a plethora of information,” said Vig. “Sometimes students need help getting their textbooks onto their iPads or they need proper resources for a paper they are working on. Some days they just want to chat.”

The services are not just for students. Staff and faculty also take full advantage of what the library has to offer. If an instructor feels their students need some research assistance, they will schedule a library instruction with Vig, who will then come into the classroom or the class will come down to the computer lab adjoined to the library and partake in an enlightening session of information literacy.

“APA help is a big request from classes and students. It seems students get scared when it comes to APA, but I manage to put their fears to rest,” said Vig.

The home to all the library resources is called Library Connect, a website that is open 24/7 where students can begin their search for books (print or electronic), full-text articles (of the scholarly variety) and videos. If students are working from home, Library Connect also has a chat option and a text/SMS feature (651-300-0550).

If students feel lost and don’t know where to start, librarians have set up various subject guides that can lead the researcher to proper resources to get them started. They include recommended databases for article and ebook searching, websites, videos and even free apps that they can download.

Each guide also links to the all-important APA guide. In this guide you can find examples of all the different resource types along with the correct APA format to put them in for your reference page. Proper in-text citations are also important so examples of direct quotes and paraphrasing is included as well. A template has also be created that students can download and use. This template has the page numbers and running head already set up for them.

Visiting the library can make the research process so much easier and relieve stress that plagues the student. Hope to see you soon!


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