Research Toolkit: Back with Benefits!

Research Toolkit Workshops provide students with the skills they need to perform quality academic research. Using local and national studies, our Reference and Instruction staff identified and are addressing the major obstacles students face when performing research at the college level. Research Toolkit Workshops are free and offered throughout the year to all Wright State students. Students should visit to register for:

ResearchTK2015buttonScholarlyReading3 Simple Steps to Reading Scholarly Articles
Are you dreading reading through those 8-20 page articles you found for your paper? Do they seem like they are written in a different language? Never fear! In this workshop, you will learn strategies for making sense of those long, and let’s face it, sometimes boring, articles.

ResearchTK2015buttonEvaluatingDetecting CRAAP: Evaluating Information Sources
How do you know if the article you found is good enough to use for your assignment? Learn strategies for evaluating sources whether you find them on the Internet, in the library, or in the library’s databases. Students practice applying the CRAAP Test criteria to information sources.

ResearchTK2015buttonSelectingFinding the “Perfect Source”
Does this scenario sound familiar? You’ve searched through many of the libraries’ databases using words that describe your subject, but nothing in your results list stands out to you as right on-topic. Luckily, you are not alone! We can help you locate sources that will be useful, and we’ll reveal that special perfect source that ties it all together.


Google Like a Pro
Do you love Google, but hate filtering through millions of results to find the type of information you need? Learn some of the tips and tricks of the information pros for how to make your use of Google more efficient for your information needs.



How Do I Find This Reference?
Do you feel a little confused when you are handed a reference or citation and expected to find the information source? Gain the skills that allow you to decipher a reference and then find the source. Feel like a detective who understands the code!


ResearchTK2015buttonIntegratingIntegrating Your Sources
You’ve searched for articles and books and you have a list of sources that are on your topic. Now how are you supposed to use them in your paper? In this workshop, staff from the Writing Center and a librarian will take you through the process of integrating those sources in your paper. Learn how to quote and paraphrase while avoiding plagiarism and keeping your voice the focus of your paper.

ResearchTK2015buttonServicesMore Than Books: What the Library Can Do for You
Helpful, friendly people. Convenient online articles and books. A multimedia lab. Places to study for groups and for individuals. Coffee. Games. Current print books. Where can you find all of this great stuff? In the Dunbar Library! If you still think all libraries have to offer are dusty old books then come discover all the cool things the library offers you for work and for fun!

ResearchTK2015buttonFindingStop Searching and Start Finding
Sorting through different information sources can be stressful. You’ve heard that using the library databases give you better results, but how do you find them? With the help of Jimmy Fallon and Jonah Hill, we’ll explore how to search the databases to find better results faster and easier.

MultiToolGraphicSansSpotlightNew Research Toolkit Incentive Program
New this year, workshop attendees will receive a pin representing the major skill covered by each workshop. Students who have collected 5 or more pins will receive a free multi-tool, a combination flashlight, screwdriver and level. Build your toolkit(s), register now!

For more information please call the Information Desk at 937-775-2925 or email

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Banned Books Week 2015

Attention all Reading Rebels:
Are you opposed to literary censorship? Want to show the world how much you love reading banned books?! Celebrate your freedom to read – stop by our photo booth and pose for your own Wanted (for Reading Banned Books) Poster!

Photo Booth
Wednesday, September 30th 
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 


Bring friends or just yourself. Pose with props and frequently challenged books. Please visit the American Library Association’s official Banned Books page to learn more about Banned Books Week and view lists of frequently challenged titles.


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Collaborating for Student Success

Thanks to a collaboration with between the University Writing Center and University Libraries, students now have the opportunity to consult writing coaches and a librarian  when visiting the Writing Center. From learning to navigate databases to evaluating sources, library skills are important from the beginning of the research process.

Beginning this semester, students will find a librarian in the University Writing Center, Monday through Thursday, from 11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. in Wright State’s new Student Success Center, located next to University Hall. This beautiful building is home to new active-learning classrooms, as well as many student services – University College Academic Advising, First-Year Programs, Learning Communities, the Math Learning Center, Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring Services, the University Writing Center and more.

Can’t make it to the Student Success Center when a librarian is on duty? Remember you can always Ask A Librarian via chat, email, text and more.

For more information, please contact Holly Jackson, Humanities Librarian, at

Holly with Studentsmall

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How Do You Use Your Library? We Want to Know!

Wright State students recently received an email with a link to our Building Use Survey. Find out how you can help us improve library spaces:

With the beginning of fall semester the pace at the library picks up. We’re excited to see the building fill up again and watch as people find their favorite places to study, meet with others, and get help on projects. Last spring, the University Libraries started a large, long-term study to better understand how the building is used. In this initial phase, we learned a lot — from what technology is used and where, to what size groups people work in, to what the preferred seating areas are, down to the most popular seat in the library.

MostPopularSeatIt’s this one, at the end of the Center Section of the stacks on the third floor. (Occupied, as usual.)

You might have noticed some changes taking place in the library this summer as a result of our work in the spring: you told us loud and clear about what type of chairs you prefer and we got more of those; you told us that wireless printing is important, so we made the directions clearer and more accessible; you told us that whiteboards are important for working in groups, and we’ve painted walls in dry erase paint.

IMG_2574Look for the two glossy walls on the second floor – one outside of STAC, and one in the study nook by the elevators.

The information we gained from the spring study focused on how the building is currently used. Moving forward, we want to understand what the needs of all users – students, faculty, and staff – are. The University Libraries’ strategic plan calls for us to accommodate “the evolving needs of students, faculty, and staff, improving the visibility and accessibility of library resources.” In order to understand what those evolving needs are and how we can improve visibility and accessibility, we are conducting a campus-wide survey. We want your input.

This survey will be available to take from August 31 – September 11. It will take about 10 minutes to complete. When you complete the survey, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a prize. The first round of winners will be selected from those who have completed the survey by the end of the day Friday, September 4; the rest of the winners will be selected from those who have completed the survey by the time it closes at the end of the day Friday, September 11, so the sooner you complete the survey, the better your chances are to win a prize.

If you have any questions about this survey or about the University Libraries in general, please contact us at

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