From Underwater Cities to APA Citations, Librarians Welcome All Questions

Chicago Transit Authority Train travels through a residential neighborhood

Have you heard of Ask a Librarian? It’s a quick and easy way to ask us a question or get help with your research. No question is too big or too small. We can help you conquer information overload, support your papers with reliable facts, evidence, and analysis, learn new research skills, and find the most useful information quickly and easily. 

Here are some questions we’ve been asked on Ask a Librarian recently:

  • How early do infants begin to recognize visual patterns? 
  • How can I find a journal’s impact factor?
  • I am looking for articles or papers on underwater cities to learn about their history. For example, the Lost City of Atlantis or Heracleion Egypt.
  • I was wondering if the library holds physical copies of Newsweek magazine from 1981.
  • I’m trying to find an author, not other works he was cited in; what is the best way to isolate the author from other works he was cited in?
  • Hi! i am trying to find White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism, Ashley Doane & Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • Do we have access to Russian books from the 19th century?
  • How can I read the latest edition of The Atlantic? “The New Puritans” is the article I’m looking for.
  • Is there a guide on how to use endnote for my APA 7th edition citations?
  • I am looking for 2 primary and 2 secondary sources for Jack L. Cooper. He was one of the first African Americans to make a career in the radio business.

And here’s an in-depth look at a recent chat on Ask A Librarian:

Student: Is there a peer-reviewed article that I can access that generally talks about the CTA management?

Librarian: Hello! I’m happy to help with this

Student: Hi! thank you so much!

Librarian: So, to find peer-reviewed articles, we’ll need to use a database…

Librarian: Since your topic is both management and transportation-related, I’ll look to see which databases cover those areas. Just a minute, while I get some names…

Student: Thank you!

Librarian: You can find the databases from the “A-Z Databases” link below the big search box on the library website.

Student: thank you, and how do i find which database to use?

Librarian: You can use the drop down menus at the top – limit subject to business

Student: Thank you!

Librarian: Then, let’s start with one of the best bets – business source complete

Student: I’ll go ahead and try that! thank you so much for your help!

Librarian: You’re welcome ! Would you like to search together, or try it on your own? I’ll be here if you have any questions.

Student: I’ll try it on my own, I believe I’m getting the hang of it! thank you!

Librarian: Great! I see an article there that should be of use:

Student: Thank you it’s perfect, I was able to click on the pdf!

Librarian: Wonderful! There are also a lot of periodical (not-peer reviewed) articles about the CTA management, too, that might supplement that article.

Librarian: Also, I want to mention that you can also find articles through the big search box on the library website. Sometimes that’s a good place to start when you’re not sure which article database to use.

Librarian: But you can always chat with us and we’re happy to suggest databases for your research. 😀

Librarian: Is there anything else I can help with today?

Student: That was it! Thank you for all your help! Enjoy the rest of your day!

Librarian: Thanks, same to you!!! Byeeeeee

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