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Friday, March 16, 2007

A Week in the Life of a Distance Learner - Part 2
By Ken Wiegman

After spending some time last night reading up on my research topic, I started thinking back to the beginning of my enrollment, when I did not know all the little nuances of using the library search capabilities. If there is one thing that can save you a lot of time, it is figuring out where the best sources are for your field of study. A 15-page research paper might take 6 to 8 hours to type, but the research itself can take much longer if you do not know how to use the tools correctly.

The UW-P Karrmann Library has several subscriptions to multi-discipline search sites. As a new student, I highly recommend getting familiar with the library resources. Do not be afraid to ask the instructor or other students for help. There is a link on the main library page to e-mail questions to "Ask a Librarian."

Knowing where and how to look for appropriate sources will save you hours of frustration.



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