Odum Library keeps getting busier and busier these days, and I think I know why. Midterms are approaching and papers are due soon. You’re working on group projects, annotated bibliographies, argumentative essays, and much more. This may be hard for you to believe, but your librarians were students once, too. (I think the ink on my Master’s diploma is finally dry now!) We want you to have a relaxing Spring Break, and we don’t want you to have to think about homework at all that week.
Here is a bit of advice that will go against everything in your last-minute, all-nighter nature: start writing your papers early.
No, I’m not joking. I know it’s hard to do, but getting ahead on your papers will not only free you up when you’re heading to Atlanta or Miami for Spring Break, but it might even help you get better grades, too. You’ll have more time to think about things like how you want to structure your ideas andwhat kind of resources you will need. When you’re digging through articles in Academic Search Complete, you won’t have to limit yourself to full text articles because you will have time to request the ones that are just perfect for your topic through Interlibrary Loan.
We’ve created dozens of guides that will help you with your research. If you’re stumped, our librarians are always happy to help. Come see us at the Reference Desk if you can (it’s the one by the printers on the 2nd floor) or ask us a question online. Remember, research takes time. Be patient with yourself, and ask for help when you need it.
Have a fun, restful break!