Research is a journey, and librarians hold the keys.
Whether you're studying for an exam, writing a paper or working on a research project, getting help from ASU Library can save you time, connect you with quality resources and get you a better grade.
Think of librarians as personal research trainers – they are here to support and coach you, so that you learn how to find exactly the information you need, efficiently.
Here are five ways to get help from ASU Library:
1. Talk with a Librarian. Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? Call, email or schedule a visit with a subject librarian. ASU Library has over 30 of them, and they are all experts in their fields. Specializing in everything from anthropology to visual literacy, subject librarians offer personalized, high-quality, one-on-one research support.
2.Ask a Librarian. Need help with a citation, or have a quick question? Don't panic. Help is just one click away – literally. Ask a Librarian is an online chat service that connects ASU students quickly and seamlessly to quality research assistance. Not automated in any way, ASU Library’s chat service provides live, online support from real library professionals.
3. Explore the Library Guides. Created by ASU subject librarians, the Library Guides offer curated links that can connect you with the best, most up-to-date information related to your subject or topic. These guides are an excellent way to help you get started with your research and can save you time.
4. Do an Online Tutorial. Think of ASU Library’s Online Tutorials as a general user manual on how to cite sources, find articles and use online research databases. These tutorials are a great way to learn citation styles (MLA, APA) or learn how to develop a research question.
5. Ask the Information Desk. Sometimes you just need to talk to someone. If you’re feeling lost, visit any of ASU’s nine library facilities and ask someone at the ASU Library Information Desk. They will be more than happy to point you in the right direction. All you have to do is ask!
Journey on, young grasshopper – and remember, ASU librarians are here to support and guide your success.
While studying abroad in Chile her junior year, Chloe Warpinski started thinking about water in a new way.
“I was studying in a water-scarce area of Chile, where we had to use a single bucket of water to shower and had to boil water before drinking it,” said the ASU Barrett Honors College senior.
However difficult, the experience compelled her to enroll in the ASU course “Poverty, Social Justice and Global Health,” which focused on water as a basic human right and the challenges that vulnerable populations often face in accessing it.
The course became the starting point for Warpinski’s senior honors thesis – mapping the city’s water pathways and social service infrastructure to address water accessibility in Phoenix for people experiencing homelessness.
When Warpinski graduates this month with a bachelor’s degree in global health, she will leave behind a valuable resource for Phoenix social service providers and those who rely on them – a project that epitomizes ASU’s emphasis on innovation, social embeddedness and use-inspired research.
Water, water – not everywhere
While many people are familiar with the term “food desert,” less is known about water scarcity.
“Historically, there’s been a lot of focus on food and ‘food deserts,’ and that’s because only until recently, water has typically been a community resource rather than a commodity,” said Warpinski, who began laying the groundwork for her thesis last fall by studying the ways homeless people in the Phoenix metro area access water.
What emerged was a problem of distribution, especially during the hot summer months when daily temperatures rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and lead to greater demand for water – putting vulnerable communities at greater risk and overwhelming homeless support service providers who are unable to keep up with the demand.
“In Phoenix during the summer, a person who is homeless can only travel about a half-mile radius due to the extreme heat,” said Warpinski, explaining that while some of the city’s service providers become overwhelmed, others are underused – indicating a need for greater awareness and coordination.
The power of geospatial data
A student worker at ASU Library, Warpinski felt at home using library resources and so enlisted the help of Mary Whelan, a geospatial and research data specialist at ASU Library, to help her design, from the ground up, a map of Phoenix and its social service infrastructure.
“Chloe’s work makes a great contribution and in many ways illustrates the power of GIS (geospatial information systems) to help people visualize inequality. She also is part of a new generation of students for whom the library is not just books on a shelf, but a space for active, engaged learning opportunities with access to new technologies (GIS, makerspaces) and support from experienced, knowledgeable library personnel,” said Whelan, who helped Warpinski use the GIS mapping tools she needed to conduct her research – resources available through the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub.
Leveraging map, data and technology resources, as well as technical expertise, the Map and Geospatial Hub is exactly that – an all-inclusive library hub servicing the geospatial research and learning needs of the ASU and broader Phoenix communities.
“Our model is pretty simple,” said Matt Toro, director of the Map and Geospatial Hub. “We make thousands of maps, aerial photographs and geospatial datasets available; provide training and consultation so that people can extract meaningful information and add value to those resources; and then conduct or facilitate projects that can have an impact on the spaces that were mapped and analyzed.”
According to Toro, Warpinski’s research serves as an excellent example of how to apply geospatial technologies to better understand and bring attention to a pressing socio-environmental issue such as water scarcity.
“Maps, and the geographic stories they tell through data, can be powerful tools for informing community development policies,” Toro said.
A lasting legacy
Warpinski says she hopes her geographic model of Phoenix can improve infrastructure for support providers as well as alleviate the burdens of homelessness.
“The map I’ve created does a few things. It can be used to predict the movement of homeless populations at various times of year by locating refuges and resources – places where people can get water, food and shelter,” said Warpinski. “It can also assist social service providers in showing how to create greater infrastructure systems and provide and manage them more effectively.”
It’s difficult for the public to get this kind of data, Warpinski said, so she’s hoping her map can be updated each year at ASU Library and distributed freely – a lasting effort to inform and educate about the need for better access to resources that are necessary for human survival.
After graduation, Warpinski plans to travel to the Slovak Republic, where she will live for a year and teach English as part of a Fulbright Scholarship – an appropriate ending to an undergraduate career punctuated by service.
“What I love about ASU and the library, in particular, is that it’s truly the pinnacle of accessibility and impact,” said Warpinski. “It’s the place where you go to think differently, to find new ways to solve problems and make real change.”
Cash prizes up to $600 can be won for a book collection that represents a well-defined field of interest, and $300 for the best essay on the collection’s subject matter. The contest is open to all ASU undergraduate and graduate students.
While other students are sharpening their #2 pencils and bubbling in scantrons during finals week, Design School students defend their final studio projects in front of their peers, professors, and a jury of professional designers. Through these all-day events, young designers communicate their vision and receive valuable critique from experts in their field of study.
This semester the Design Library hosted the final review of Lapsus Imaginis 2.0: Istanbul is Constantinople, an interdisciplinary graduate studio, in which students focused on creating images of a parallel Las Vegas based on ideas and insights they gained from traveling to Istanbul at the start of the semester.
In the same way the students reorganized images to produce their projects, they reshaped the Design Library to fit this special event. The Quiet Study Room became a gallery and the Current Periodicals Reading Room became the conference hall where each student presented their work. Visitors to the library were impressed by the transformation and excited by the opportunity to experience a review in such a large setting. (And, some students were happy to finally be able to converse in a “red zone.”) In addition, the north wall featured a panoramic movie collage and the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room displayed a skyscraper model inspired by Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color. This final review was envisioned by Professor Elena Rocchi as an event where guests experienced the different "Spaces of Knowledge" that the library offers. By sharing our space, the Design Library became a showcase of the physical materials, books, and documents that supported the Design students’ individual work.
Whether you’re on campus or online @ASULibraries want to see how you #KeepItCoolASU! Post photos showing us how you start your semester on Instagram, Twitter, or on our Facebook page using our #KeepItCoolASU on August 20th-24th. You'll then be entered to win one of our prize packages full of ASU gear!
The Fine Print: Only current ASU students eligible for prizes.
Description: Experience a taste of the culture cultivated in the ASU Libraries with an evening of arts and entertainment in the Information Commons. Featuring live music, local art, light refreshments and opportunities to get to know about library services, the Tech Studio, Student Success Centers and more!
To encourage students to discover the great pleasures and satisfaction of book collecting, the ASU Libraries are sponsoring a book collecting and essay contest. The contest is open to all ASU undergraduate and graduate students. Cash prizes of up to $600 will be awarded for the best collection and the best essay in both categories. The deadline for submissions is Friday February 7, 2014 at 5pm.
Entries will be judged on the extent to which the collection represents a well-defined field of interest – either focused on the works of one author or on a particular subject. For full contest details, including application forms and instructions, please see the Student Book Collecting Web page.
You can read more about the contest in this State Press article from October 2011, which features an interview with a winner from the 2010 contest.
In addition to this contest, the ABAA, Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America sponsors a national Collegiate Book Collecting Championship with a top prize of $2,500. First Prize winners of the ASU Libraries Student Book Contest will automatically be eligible enter this contest if those entries meet the criteria of the collegiate national championship contest.
Any time you need the library, you can visit us online for your one stop research hub. Anali gives you a quick tour of the library website, Library One Search, MyASU interface, the ASU Libraries custom toolbar, and access to our subject librarians who will give your personalized help for every class and research project in person, through their helpful library guides, and our 24 hour Ask-a-Librarian service.
In this episode of The Library Minute, Anali gives you the introductory course to the ASU Libraries. The primer begins with locations, online access and hours. You'll then hear about the private and group study spaces and all the cool stuff you can check out. To make sure you don't get stuck she'll introduce you to our Ask a Librarian chat service and our specialized, hand-picked library guides for your class or subject area.
Friday night, August 23rd, the Hayden Library courtyard will be converted into a dance club from 8-10pm. Working with the campus’ Lighting Audio Video Arts club, there will be a DJ, club lighting, and misters on-site for what will surely be a rockin’ good time!
The first 200 students to arrive will receive a limited edition CLUB HAYDEN tumbler, commemorative buttons will be handed out, and clubgoers will be encouraged to participate in a library scavenger hunt inside the building where they will have the opportunity to win a NOOK HD Tablet.
The Library Channel is premiering a new series which will "Spotlight" key research resources available to the ASU community. Our first resource to spotlight is "Google Scholar" - a valuable tool to locate academic research.
The program will show you what's special about the ASU customized version of Google Scholar, where to find it, how the library can help you improve your search results, limitations of the search engine, and additional tools to meet the rest of your research needs.
If you haven't tried Google Scholar yet, (or never heard of it) then check out this video!
Spring 2006 Arizona University Libraries Consortium Meeting, Tempe, Arizona
On Friday, February 17th, the ASU Libraries hosted the twice-yearly ARIZONA UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES CONSORTIUM meeting. This year’s highlight was also the way the attendees started their day: the Student Panel: “Academic Libraries in Transition: Here’s What Students Have to Say”. Five students from various academic levels and backgrounds came together and were engaged as a panel by moderator JoAnn Mulvihill. Panelists were asked questions covering topics such as what types of technologies they preferred to use, what time and where they preferred to write papers, how they learned about how to use the library or new library technologies, and what improvements they’d like to see the libraries undertake.
The panelists were charming, engaging, and offered an amazing amount of insight into how the student community is using the library system and the tools we provide.
Student Participants: Elizabether Miller, Michael Perez, Lynn Mantion, Jenna Lathrop, Brian Collier