Thursday, November 10, 2005

The latest crop of reference questions...

  • Where can I find an article from a French-language newspaper or magazine about Hallowe'en?
  • Where can I find books and articles about organic foods and the health consequences of eating them?
  • What business publications does the library have?
  • Where can I find an annotated edition of The Purloined Letter? Or even just one with an introduction to the individual story--all our editions are out right now.
  • What's the best way to get to Google from the University's home page? (The page was recently revised.)
  • Where can I find 2001 and 2004 issues of Monthly Review? (Interestingly, this search is very difficult in the catalog, because of all the monthly reviews from banks that are cataloged as serials. They cloud the search results considerably.)
  • Where can I find alternative newspapers from the 1960s?
  • Where can I find ERIC documents about sign language acquisition in non-hearing-impaired children?
  • How do I cite a digitized WWII era poster in Turabian style?
  • Where can I find a theological lexicon, a Bible encyclopedia, and a Bible concordance?
  • Where can I find a copy of Plutarch's essay On Contentment?

Monday, November 07, 2005

Here's the latest batch of questions at the Knight reference desk, scrambled to help protect the identity of the queriers:
  • Where can I find books about slavery in ancient Greece?
  • Where can I borrow a laptop?
  • Where can I get an online copy of an article from the Journal of Theological Studies from 1965?
  • How do I find an article in sociology?
  • How do I get into Ulrich's?
  • Where can I find a copy of Living room war?
  • What's the difference between a primary and a secondary source?
  • Where can I find primary source documents about Watergate, particularly about the journalistic coverage of it (as opposed to, say, the constitutional implications.) I've already found newspaper coverage from 4 different papers; I need more kinds of materials.
  • Where can I find a copy of the book Shakespeare's imagery and what it tells us?
  • Where can I find a scholarly article about family or domestic violence?
  • Where can I find alternative newspapers from the 1960s?
  • Where can I find books and articles about Incan jewelry?
  • How can I find books about institutional research on community colleges? (Resolved into: strategic planning for community colleges.)
  • Where do I return a music CD?
  • Where can I find a copy of "Sud," by Ursula K. Le Guin? I don't know if it's a novel, story, or poem. (It's probably the short story "Sur," in Compass Rose.)
Interestingly, our library just issued an annual report profiling the reference services here in Knight Library. They used real, live reference questions submitted by us (the librarians) as examples of the kind of work we do here. Some of those questions were taken from this very blog! I guess that more or less settles the issue of how we feel about making patrons' requests public.