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Library Anxiety or Frustration

Follow these basic steps to relieve frustration and use the Library more successfully:

  1. Understand the professor's assignment. Consult with the professor if you have questions.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Come prepared to do research. Bring paper and a pen or pencil.
  5. Be prepared to use a Vendacard or bring change, a computer disk, or flash memory.
  6. Think of alternative words to describe your subject. Seek assistance from the librarian or Information Desk staff, if needed.
  7. Check for misspelling. Catalogs and databases also use variant spellings and words.
  8. Read directions, signs, and help screens.
  9. Understand call number sequence and library locations.
  10. Ask for help at the Information Desk. If you need additional assistance, ask again.
  11. Contact the Instruction Office to schedule an individual consultation for basic research assistance.
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