Topics coming to the reference librarians this past week include:
- Art therapy and disability
- Cyrus the Great
- Homeless youth in Chicago
And, an in-depth look at some conversations we’ve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:
A student asked for help researching major markets in Malaysia for an international business class. General searching overwhelmed the student with information about the missing airplane, and he couldn't find the material that he needed. The librarian pointed the student to the International Section
of the Companies and Industry Research Guide
. The Dismal Scientist
has a country page for Malaysia, and searching the EIU.com
are also worth exploring. The librarian then suggested searching for articles and other material in Business Source Complete
, where they found a recent report on the Malaysian economy.
A student came to us looking for some very specific data about how college students use music apps such as Pandora and Spotify. The librarian cautioned that the particular information the student was looking for might not be compiled anywhere. She suggested searching through several of the EBSCO databases at the same time, since the topic is very interdisciplinary. The search combined the terms: spotify or pandora or internet music (as a subject) AND college students or students or young adults. One of the articles they found was just right: "In search of Music: A study of music consumption and search behaviors in undergraduate students," published in Music Reference Services Quarterly.
This Week in Reference: Apr 20-25, 2014