Truth in Society
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1994
Between the time you leave Room 112 and 1:00, when you should be back, your group will be doing some of the following things:
It is essential that careful records of your group's activities be maintained. It will probably make sense for you to rotate the role of clerk. Each of you can do the note-taking for one-third of the questions. After lunch you'll be able to use these notes to draft and edit a report.
- using some of the research tools found in the REFERENCE SECTION. This is located to the right as you enter the library through the turnstiles; it extends all the way down to the west wall. (Just remember: from campus, north is down the hill.) Here is where you'll find indexes, encyclopedia, abstracts and computer databases. You may unearth answers right here, or you may obtain information about where to look elsewhere in the building.
- searching PHOENIX, the on-line (i.e., computer-based) catalogue of the library's holdings. You will have noticed a row of PHOENIX terminals to the right as you entered the building. There are other terminals installed throughout the library, usually in the vicinity of the front and back staircases on each floor.
- exploring the STACKS, tracking down some of the books, journals and other items you've identified using PHOENIX or one of the research tools from the Reference Section. (And here's a good place to tell you about "serendipity" -- discoveries that you stumble across accidentally while looking for something else. While it cannot be programmed, you can increase your chances of benefiting from serendipity by keeping a playful attitude, and never let the particular task-at-hand so dominate you that you are unable to recognize a "gift-horse." Most individuals who do research in a library evolve their own ways of nurturing serendipity. One simple way to begin to develop your own repertoire of serendipity-enhancing techniques is to always glance at the titles of the neighboring books -- the ones with similar call numbers -- as you grab the one you were looking for. Be warned, however, that the line between "nurturing serendipity" and "wasting time" can be a fine one indeed!)
- photocopying stuff that seems especially useful. If you haven't already done so, you might buy a photocopy debit card at the Circulation Desk. The copiers are in a separate room on the second floor, towards the south-west corner.
- sitting together, checking tables of contents, indices (indexes) and bibliographies, skimming for information that will help provide answers to the questions that you have taken on.