FYSE 1167 Shakespeare's Characters: Get to Know your Library (and a real-life Librarian)
You're not new to libraries, but you *are* new to the Middlebury College Libraries.

This test will give you the tools you need to find things in the library, cite sources, and find librarians when you need help.

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Question #1 What's your name? (First and last.) *
Librarians are very nice people.
Visit the Library's website at go/library (http://go.middlebury.edu/library). Look for "Ask a Question." (The direct link is go/askus, or http://go.middlebury.edu/askus.)

You can always visit that page to email, text, make a real phone, or meet in person when you need research help. (We can help with the smallest details to the biggest existential questions.)
Library Research Guides
Library Research guides are like websites made by librarians to help you with research.

Find Library Research Guides at go/guides (http://go.middlebury.edu/guides).
Question #2: Find the Library Research Guide that matches Professor Berg's academic department. Who is the library subject specialist connected to that department? List their name below. *
Question #3: When is the Davis Family Library open today? (Hint: Visit go/hours, or http://go.middlebury.edu/hours) *
Question #4: Visit Davis Library, and find a map of the building. Where is Special Collections located? (Also known as LIB 101)? (Hint: the stairwells all have maps nearby.) That's where we'll meet Friday. Choose from the options below. *
Citation is a fact of life for every writer. Watch the short video below for the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to citation.
"Citation For People Who Hate Citation" (Click to view fullscreen in YouTube. Wear headphones, this has audio!)
How to Find Books, Articles, and Everything Else
At Middlebury, there are two primary tools to help you locate books, articles, and all other things: LibrarySearch and MIDCAT.
Find it at go/LibrarySearch (http://go.middlebury.edu/LibrarySearch)

LibrarySearch is like a version of Google. It's a search engine that returns all of the materials the library owns (books, newspaper articles, journal articles, DVDs, etc). It's a great place to start.

Once you have a research question in mind, you might want to search a specific database, like Early English Books Online (EEBO, pronounced "Eeee-bow") or the Modern Language Association International Bibliography (also known as the M.L.A.). Both of these specialized databased have go/links too, go/eebo and go/MLA. However, most of the article in these specialized databases are also in LibrarySearch.
Find it at go/midcat (http://go.middlebury.edu/midcat)

MIDCAT is the library catalog. Use it to find actual items in the library such as books (print and ebooks), and DVDs.

MIDCAT is best when you know what you're looking for and can search for a title, author, or subject. If you want something that is sitting on a shelf in the Libraries this semester, use MIDCAT.
On Finding a Book (A short 5-minute video. Click to view fullscreen in YouTube. Wear headphones, this has audio too.)
Question 4: Can you find a book about teaching social justice through Shakespeare? If you find one, what's the name of the title of Chapter 5? Write it below. *
Question 4: Find a book in the Library by the Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro. Copy the Chicago Manual of Style citation below. (Tip: MIDCAT and LibrarySearch provide a link to citations right in the catalog record. See if you can find it.) *
Question 5: Take a #shelfie! There's an American movie about high school life, loosely adapted from Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." Choose the movie from the list below and then look for the Library's DVD copy. Next, take a #shelfie. (What's a #shelfie? It's a picture of a bookshelf that shows off books (or DVDs). Your face can be in the photo, but doesn't have to be. You can just point to the DVD when you find it.) Email your photo to me before class: rirwin@middlebury.edu *
Question 6: "The Historie of Foure-footed Beastes," a book published in 1607, is in Early English Books Online (EEBO). Can you find it? (Hint: There are a few ways to find EEBO, but the best way is the go/link: go/eebo (http://go.middlebury.edu/eebo). Don't just Google it, because it costs money to use. Always start your searches with a go/link or on the Library website. Once you find "Foure-footed Beastes" find the MLA 8th edition citation in EEBO and copy it below. (P.s. The library owns a very old copy of this book too. We will check it out when you visit.) *
How to Find Articles
If books represent the established knowledge on a subject, articles are where you'll find the most recent scholarship.

LibrarySearch (http://go.middlebury.edu/LibrarySearch) is your best bet when starting to look for articles.

When looking for an article, try using one or two keywords in the search bar. Once you see your results, use the filters on the left side of the page to narrow the list. There are other ways to sort at the top of the LibrarySearch page too, like by "most relevant," newest or oldest. The "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" and "Academic Journals" filters on the left are helpful.
Question 7: Can you find a peer-reviewed article that explores ideas around queer pregnancy and gender in a particular staged version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream?" (Tip: Try go/librarysearch or go/MLA and see which you prefer.) If you can find something, copy the MLA citation below. *
Interlibrary Loan
When an item you want is not available, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can help. ILL works with other colleges and libraries to get stuff to you, usually pretty fast.

What can you request? Books, DVDs, even music CDs. Also items owned by Middlebury that are currently checked out, on reserve, or missing.

You can also request scholarly journal articles articles and individual book chapters. These get scanned and sent to you by email.

There's no quiz question associated with ILL, I just want you to remember it. If you really need a book, movie, or article and we don't own it, find it at go/ill (http://go.middlebury.edu/ill).

The Oxford English Dictionary (or the OED)
The OED (go/OED or http://go.middlebury.edu/oed) is more than your average dictionary. It traces the historical development of the English language and describes usage of words across the centuries.
Question 8: Did you know that Shakespeare is credited with the invention (and popularization) of over 1,700 words that are still used today? Choose one of these words credited to Shakespeare, look it up in the OED, and tell me what word you chose and what play of W.S.'s it first appeared in: (1) farmhouse (2) madwoman (3) shooting star *
Bonus question: The library is over 200 years old and has millions of items. I couldn't possibly have answered all of your questions. Add a question or curiosity of your own. The sky is the limit. (I'll try to answer it when we meet in class.)
That's it.
Hit "Submit" below and I'll see you soon in Special Collections, at the bottom of the main stone staircase in the Library.
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