Semester Survivor: Abbotsford, September to October, 2009

Abbotsford Library Bulletin Board

Survivors:


University Librarian: Kim Isaac

How long have you been at UFV? Most of my life! I was a student at Fraser Valley College before I went on to do my BA and Masters in Library Science at UBC. I’ve been working here since 1988, and have been in my current position since 2000.

Favorite database? Tough question! There are so many. When I’m in a hurry, it’s hard to beat Academic Search Premier for a quick look at what’s available. And I love browsing through the old newspaper stories in the Globe & Mail: Canada’s Heritage from 1844. Some of our new databases are so interesting – Theatre in Video, with its streaming video, is amazing.

Favorite citation style? I used to be an MLA advocate, but I’ve been using APA more lately.

Best way to use the library? Often.

Top semester survival tip? Plan ahead, even if you don’t think you need to.

3 ways to love your library? Watch one of our streaming videos, just for a break. Schedule a regular time to study in our quiet study area. Bring your friends and study together, even if you’re working on different things.

When do you start your research project? I’ve learned the hard way to start early, even if I set it aside for a while when other things come up.

What is your essential library gear? My laptop.

What is the one thing you would take to a desert island? I guess not my laptop. Hmmm…maybe a huge anthology of all the English literature I still haven’t read!

What’s your favorite way to relax? Come on, I’m a librarian…nothing better than curling up with a good book!

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Librarian: Hongfei Li

How long have you been at UFV? 8 Months

Favourite database? Academic Search Premier

Favourite citation style? MLA

Best way to use the library? Start with the UFV library page. It is the library portal.

Top semester survival tip? 1. Get familiar with the library services and resources. 2. Know how to use at least one database and its features. 3. Ask questions by visiting the library, calling us, sending an email, chatting online…… 4. Attend library orientation classes and complete the assignments.

3 ways to love your library? Discover information, deliver results, and produce knowledge

When do you start your research project? As early as possible

What is your essential library gear? A cup of tea

What is the one thing you would take to a desert island? I would take a pack of my favourite books

What’s your favourite way to relax? Playing table tennis

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Librarian: Colleen Bell

How long have you been at UFV? 4 years

Favorite database? Sociological Abstracts

Favorite citation style? APA

Best way to use the library? Often!

Top semester survival tip? Don’t be afraid to ask questions

3 ways to love your library? 1. Come in. 2. Ask questions. 3. Find a comfortable spot

When do you start your research project? As soon as I get it. I gather some reading material, skim through it, then let it sit there in the back of my mind and develop for a few weeks.

What is your essential library gear? Fast fingers and a sharp mind

What is the one thing you would take to a desert island? A satellite-connected laptop

What’s your favorite way to relax? In the company of family and friends

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Librarian: Mary-Anne MacDougall

How long have you been at UFV? Since 2001

Favorite database? Adam Matthew Digital, primary sources relevant to history, gender studies, sociology, political science, literary studies, made available with our membership in the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. Second runner up: Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life (for their fabulous indexing!)

Favorite citation style? MLA – it’s what I know best

Best way to use the library? – Using the library website tools such as our excellent guides to research on your topic, the assignment planner, our Library’s catalogue and the subject guide to our research databases! If you are stumped, ask for help from our knowledgeable staff

Top semester survival tip? – Stay on top of your research by looking for sources early and revising your search strategy as needed

3 ways to love your library? Connect to the network, sip a cup of Timmie’s coffee, and enjoy the collaborative study space

When do you start your research project? As soon as I’ve developed a clear thesis statement by doing some background reading. Once I have a clear objective, I start looking for sources. For me, the fun is in the finding (I guess that is why I enjoy my job)!

What is your essential library gear? My laptop, some coffee, and a great chair to settle into

What is the one thing you would take to a desert island? Hugh Jackman (does he constitute a thing?)!

What’s your favorite way to relax? Reading great kids books with my daughters on Galiano Island

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Librarian: Patti Wilson

How long have you been at UFV? – I was marooned here in 1993!

Favorite database? Academic Search Premier has great survivor tips. See? SURVIVAL KIT: What Should You Always Carry? Outside, Nov2007, Vol. 32 Issue 11, p100-100, 1/9p; (AN 27234800) Database: Academic Search Premier.

Favorite citation style? None of them – I hate doing bibliographies!

Best way to use the library? Ask for help if you need it... That’s what we are here for.

Top semester survival tip? Get here early in the day, or all the parking spots will be taken.

When do you start your research project? When I can’t put it off any longer

What is your essential library gear? My water bottle

What is the one thing you would take to a desert island? See above

What’s your favorite way to relax? Doing anything that doesn’t involve my computer

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Library Resources:

Badke, William B. Beyond the answer sheet : academic success for international students. New York : IUniverse, c2003. -- Call number: LB 2375 B33 2003 (Abbotsford).

Barnet, Sylvan. A short guide to writing about literature. New York : Pearson/Longman, c2009. -- Call number: PE 1479 C7 B37 2009 (Abbotsford).

Casson, Leslie Elizabeth. A writer's handbook : developing writing skills for university students. Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, c2006. -- Call number: PE 1478 W74 2006 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

Flachmann, Kim. Mosaics : focusing on essays. Toronto : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2006. -- Call number: 0131275585 (Abbotsford).

Folse, Keith S. Top 10 : great grammar for great writing. Boston, MA : Thomson Heinle, c2008. -- Call number: PE 1112 F648 2008 (Abbotsford).

Greetham, Bryan How to write better essays. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2008. -- Call number: PE 1429 G74 2008 (Abbotsford).

Hacker, Diana The Bedford handbook. Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, c2006. -- Call number: PE 1408 H277 2006 (Abbotsford).

Harvey, Carolyn S. Comfortable chaos. Bellingham, WA ; North Vancouver, B.C. : Self-Counsel Press, c2005. -- Call number: BF 637 S4 H363 2005 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

Heckman, Grant. Thomson Nelson guide to essay writing. Toronto : Thomson Nelson, c2007. -- Call number: LB 2369 H43 2007 (Chilliwack).

Hult, Christine A. The new century handbook. Toronto : Pearson Longman, 2005. -- Call number: PE 1408 N48 2005 (Chilliwack).

Knight, Peter. How to do your essays, exams & coursework in geography and related disciplines. Cheltenham : Nelson Thornes, 2003. -- Call number: LB 2395 K65 2003 (Abbotsford, Website).

Lipson, Charles. Doing honest work in college : how to prepare citations, avoid plagiarism, and achieve real academic success. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2004. -- Call number: PN 171 F56 L56 2004 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

McIlroy, David. Exam success. London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE, c2005. -- Call number: LB 2395 M36 2005 (Chilliwack).

McWhorter, Kathleen T. Successful college writing : skills, strategies, learning styles. Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, c2003. -- Call number: PE 1408 M397 2003 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

Messenger, W. E. (William E.) The Canadian writer's handbook. Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press, c2008. -- Call number: PE 1408 M47 2008 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

Northey, Margot. Making sense : a student's guide to research and writing : engineering and the technical sciences. Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press, c2007. -- Call number: T 11 N67 2007 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

Northey, Margot. Making sense : a student's guide to research and writing : psychology and the life sciences. Don, Mills, Ont : Oxford University Press, c2007. -- Call number: BF 76.7 N67 2007 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

Odell, Lee. Writing in a visual age. Boston : Bedford/St. Martins, c2006. -- Call number: PE 1413 O24 2006 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

Schmidt, Judy H. 6 steps to effective writing in sociology Southbank, Australia ; Toronto : Thomson/Wadsworth, c2003. -- Call number: HM 585 S35 2003 (Abbotsford).

Reardon, Denis. Doing your undergraduate project. London ; Thousand Oaks, CA : SAGE Publications, c2006. -- Call number: LB 2369 R437 2006 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

Rose, Jean. The mature student's guide to writing  Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2007. -- Call number: PE 1408 R6758 2007 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

Sarosy, Peg. Lecture ready : strategies for academic listening, note-taking, and discussion  New York : Oxford University, c2006-2007. -- Call number: LB 2395 S27 2006 LEVEL 2; LB 2395 S27 2006 LEVEL 3 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

Shannon, Edward A. The Prentice Hall pocket guide to writing about literature  Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, c2002. -- Call number: PE 1479 C7 S5 2002 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

Stebbins, Leslie F. (Leslie Foster) Student guide to research in the digital age : how to locate and evaluate information sources Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, c2006. -- Call number: ZA 3075 S74 2006 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

Thody, Angela Writing and presenting research  London : Sage Publications, c2006. -- Call number: Q 180.55 P7 T56 2006 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

Turabian, Kate L. A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations : Chicago style for students and researchers. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2007. -- Call number: LB 2369 T87 2007 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission).

VanderMey, Randall. The college writer : a guide to thinking, writing and researching . Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2004. -- Call number: PE 1408 C54367 2004 (Abbotsford).

Wecksler, Cheryl. Study skills for academic success. Boston, Mass. : Heinle & Heinle, c1995. -- Call number: LB 1049 W43 1995 (Chilliwack).



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