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Academic Mentoring at SEBS: Exercise 2

This guide serves as the central hub for the library instruction component for the first year Academic Mentoring course at SEBS.

Posters submitted for this course will be displayed online and at Chang. See posters from previous sessions.


Class Exercise 2 Part A: Find details about a book

Select a book that is meaningful to you for any reason.

  1. SEARCH RUL resources by going to the Libraries' web site and typing in the title, preferably in quotes, in the QuickSearch search box, e.g., "Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban " to find the bibliographic record. 
    HINT: Click the Expand My Search box in the left panel, if you can't find it at RUL. Your search will be expanded to many academic libraries.
  2. Click on the title to open the full record. You will see a lot of details.
  3. Click on the citation symbol " to get the proper citation. Select APA (6th) style. Save the citation to use it for your poster later.
  4. Scroll down to see availability and location. You will see the name of the library, such as Alexander, Douglass, etc, the actual location, such as Stacks or Reference, and a combination of letters and numbers, which is a Library of Congress (LC) call number. Save all information.

HINT: you are learning how to use QuickSearch, which provides access to library resources - a useful skill for your future studies

Class Exercise 2 Part B: Create a poster

1. CREATE POSTER Using one of the suggested templates (or designing your own), add the following mandatory data to your poster:

  • Something catchy: the title, a quote, a picture ( see Poster Gallery for examples)
  • The full citation, APA style, use the CITATION under Share from QuickSearch result, fix typos or missing info, if necessary (link to Guide on APA style)
  • 1-2 sentences why you picked this book (quote, like, dislike, memories, language, style, makes me laugh/cry, whatever)
  • Holding: library location with the full Library of Congress call number, online access with link, etc, (see examples)
  • One image (illustration, book cover, your photo, a selfie with the book in hand or in the library, etc) with image credits (created by XYZ, retrieved from ..., photo taken by...., etc, see examples)

2. OPTIONAL If you have time add any of the optional items: anything you fancy, such as

  • more images or book art - remember to add image credit
  • QR code to the catalog record at RUL - use permanent link, aka PERMALINK under share (online QR code generator)
  • quote from a book review with proper citation (same APA style)

3. SUBMIT POSTER                                  

  • Save your file on the desktop
  • Rename it including the book title in the filename, such as catcherintherye.pptx.
  • SUBMIT your poster.       

4. STAY TUNED! VISIT the online gallery again in a few weeks to see your poster

How to make a QR Code

What is a QR code?
A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is a two-dimensional barcode that contains information about the item to which it is attached. 

How to use a QR code?
Point your phone camera to the sign to open a web site related to it.

How to make a QR code?
There are many QR code generators on the web. The easiest ones allow you to copy the image you generated by copying the URL of the page you want to display as a QR code.

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