The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Column: Making Research Simple

University Librarian Stefanie Wittenbach recommends students prepare early, get organized and make use of the university library for a successful fall semester. Photo by Abby Vega.
A new semester begins. There are lots of readings and course projects to be completed in the next 15 weeks.  Getting a handle on those projects early in the semester will help keep the stress down and can make for a smoother semester overall.  Here are some tips for tackling those important projects:

    1.Get started early!  Okay, easier said than done, but this will be key to completing successful projects.
    For each course, ask questions of the professor(s)  if an assignment is not clear.
    2. Decide what is of interest about the course and write or present about that aspect of the subject.
    3. Ask for help at the University Library.

This last step is an important one.  The library has many resources that will assist you with completing papers, PowerPoint presentations and other projects.  The library’s collections include books, DVDs, curriculum materials, streaming video, journal articles, etc.  Many of these resources are available online, so they are accessible anytime, anywhere using the campus network login and password.

The library also has copies of supplemental reading materials for courses, and materials that professors put on reserves, including copies of textbooks in some cases.  To check out materials, be sure and get a Jaguar Pass ID card from the Welcome Center at either the Main Campus or Brooks Campus.

In addition to all of the fabulous resources the library offers, the friendly librarians and library staff are available seven days a week, in-person or online via live chat to help students get started with or complete their research.  Study rooms are available for students to get together with classmates to complete group projects or to work solo in a quieter environment.  Check at the information desk for details about study rooms and equipment available for checkout.

Many students come to TAMU-SA from other programs that have not required the kind of research and writing that are required in courses here at TAMU-SA.  Working with caring professors and support services like the library, Smarthinking, and Turnitin, students have lots of opportunities to learn new skills.

Look to this column for more helpful information throughout the semester aimed at success with your coursework!

Thank you,
Stefanie Wittenbach, University Librarian

About the author: Stefanie Wittenbach is the recipient of the 2010 I Love My Librarian Award. The award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. To learn more about Wittenbach’s accomplishments at A&M-San Antonio, read the 2010 nomination letter written by Dr. Bill Bush, department chair and interim head of the School of Arts & Sciences.

Join the Conversation

© 2020 Jaguar Student Media | Texas A&M University-San Antonio. All Rights Reserved. All Rights Reserved.
San Antonio Website Design & Development - Backyard Studios
Join Our Newsletter

Get the Mesquite News delivered straight to you.