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Research, the Old-Fashioned Way

By Barbara Kenney, Instructional Services and Campus Initiatives Librarian




What happens when 14 students from Mt. Hope High arrive for a research session at the RWU Library and the internet goes down? Rather than sitting at a computer screen searching for books and journals, our young scholars learned the basics of the Library of Congress Subject Headings, got into the stacks, and collected books on their topics. They used the print reference collection for background information, and, before the witching hour of 1:30PM struck and they were on their way home, the students had whittled down large research topics (think “General Dwight D. Eisenhower), to clear and succinct research questions. Our “Ike” scholar was thrilled to find the 3-volume set, “The Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower.”


Plan B plus serendipity equals success!