Planning Library Research, Time Management and Research
Planning Library Research
Library research is easier and accomplished in a more efficient manner when you have a plan in mind. When planning to conduct research at the library, make sure you have the following information (D. Applegate, CAL).
Once you establish these guidelines, chart out a course of action for locating in the library the information you need (adapted from Collins, Catlett, and Collins, 1994). Remember to seek assistance from library personnel when necessary.
Time Management and Library Research
In order to thoroughly assess library resources and to locate sufficient and appropriate references, you must budget well your time for doing library research (D. Applegate, CAL). Don't expect to breeze into the library without a plan of action and come out an hour later with all the reference material you will need for an assignment. Depending on the topic and the types of information you may use, it can take several hours to do a good job researching the topic at the library.
Consider three things when budgeting time for library research. First, begin the research well in advance of the assignment due date. This allows you time to order interlibrary loan materials and to recall books that are checked out by other library patrons. Second, allow several hours to properly research your topic in reference materials, periodicals, books, and other sources. Third, break the task of doing library research into several steps and develop a specific schedule for completing each step. You might use a calendar to write due dates, or you might develop a check list like the one illustrated below.