Each semester at the writing center we choose a topic to delve into deeper in order to become tutors and writers, so we are more helpful for you all! This semester’s focus is research. I know this sounds super boring, but it is imperative while in school and incredibly important for artists. Many students loathe research because it’s time consuming and hard. It’s hard because many of students, including myself until last week, aren’t aware all of the resources that the FIT library has to offer for researching.
Artists who make are, without engaging in thorough research beforehand, and claim that they were “inspired” by another artist seems fishy. Without research and thoughtfulness, inspiration can quickly become copying.
Here are three ways the library can aid you in your research process (that you probably don’t know about):
1. You can instant message librarians!
You want to ask a pointed question such as “I am interested in researching trends of the 20’s, what are good resources to start research?
They usually answer quite fast. If they don’t respond immediately, they will email you probably within the next hour at the latest.
2. You can email them.
If you have a question at 2 am you can email them and you get a response in 24 hours (usually, much faster than that.)
3. You can text them.
Same deal. This way you can receive a response while on the go.
In order to access these resources you simply go to the FIT library home page, click the “Ask A Librarian” tab and explore the researching possibilities!
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