From Rollercoaster Technology to Growing Mushrooms, Librarians Welcome All Questions


We hope your quarter is going well and you are finding the books, articles, and other sources you need for your research projects. If you need help, please get in touch! Here some of the topics we’ve helped students research recently. 

  • Environmental requirements for growing mushrooms
  • History of roller coaster technology
  • Mesa Verde National Park conflict
  • Book Reviews of July Crisis: The World’s Descent into War, Summer 1914, by T.G. Otte. 
  • Effects of Des Plaines River floods
  • Metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes statistics in Chicago 
  • Workplace bullying in the medical field
  • Ethical issues in zoos
  • Differences between primary sources and secondary sources
  • Full text of The Rise of Black Feminist Thought by Karen Winkler in The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic reading motivation in childhood
  • Opioid epidemic in the United States
  • Educational technology in Puerto Rico

Here’s an in-depth look at a recent Ask a Librarian chat conversation:

Student: Hello! could I have some help finding a few sources that relate to gentrification and its effects on low income families/ the economy

Librarian: hello! would be happy to help with that

Librarian: Have you done any initial searching?

Student: Yes, I have already written about it and found a few sources, but I need about 5 more that relate to the topic

Librarian: ok great. I will do a quick search in the database Academic Search Complete, which is multidisciplinary

Student: thank you!

Librarian: and then we can adjust/add databases, etc

Librarian: what are some keywords you would like me to use?

Student: Gentrification, displacement, poor, low income

Librarian: ok. limited to the US?

Student: Yes please

Librarian: Let me know if anything there is useful

Student: Yes, that is very helpful. Thank you!

Librarian: this search was across all EBSCO databases –from the “choose database” option

Librarian: keep adjusting by using subject terms that pop up ! (“housing” etc)

Student: Great thank you so much

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