Library Anxiety or Frustration
Follow these basic steps to relieve frustration and use the Library more successfully:
- Understand the professor’s assignment. Consult with the professor if you have questions.
- Allow sufficient time for research and for learning to use the library. This is especially important if you may need to use resources not readily available at Lovejoy Library.
- Start early in the semester. Don’t wait until the day before the assignment is due or the last few weeks of the semester for longer assignments.
- Come prepared to do research. Bring paper and a pen or pencil.
- Be prepared to use a Vendacard or bring change, a computer disk, or flash memory.
- Think of alternative words to describe your subject. Seek assistance from the librarian or Information Desk staff, if needed.
- Check for misspelling. Catalogs and databases also use variant spellings and words.
- Read directions, signs, and help screens.
- Understand call number sequence and library locations.
- Ask for help at the Information Desk. If you need additional assistance, ask again.
- Contact the Instruction Office to schedule an individual consultation for basic research assistance.