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Do You Want to Refine Your Research Skills?

This fall, librarians will be teaching free research workshops. Whether you want to get a refresher on how to cite your sources or learn how to research on the go with your tablet, there is a workshop for you.

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Due Diligence: Company & Industry Research with Shana Gass
Wednesday, September 17th 5-6 pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Save time and effort with these key sources for company and industry research.

Like a Boss: Business Article Research with Shana Gass
Thursday, September 18th 3:30-4:30pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Optimize your article searching to find news, scholarly articles, and other information using the Cook Library business databases.

Getting Started with Zotero with Megan Browndorf and Kim Miller
Thursday, September 25th 4-5pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Learn how to use Zotero, a free online research tool that can help you manage your citations, at this librarian-led workshop.

Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) Citations with Lisa Woznicki
Tuesday, October 2nd 5-6pm – Cook Library 317
If you can’t tell the difference between a footnote and a football, this CMS Citation workshop will give you valuable guidance in using this citation style. The session focuses on the ins and outs of creating footnote/endnote and works cited entries as well as the specifics of CMS paper formatting.

Modern Language Association Style (MLA) Citations with Lisa Woznicki
Thursday, October 7th 5-6pm – Cook Library 317
Citation work is an art that everyone can master, but not everyone is born an MLA “DaVinci.” The MLA Citation workshop will guide attendees through MLA style paper formatting and the creation of basic in-text and bibliography entries.

Getting Psyched: Library Research for Psychology Students with Kim Miller
Thursday, October 16th 4-5pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Join Cook Library’s psychology librarian for an hour dedicated to helping students navigate tools and resources for research in psychology. Whether you’re stumped by a research paper for your psychology class, working on your thesis, independent study, or honors project, or need tips and tools for staying organized, this session is for you! This workshop will be an open session driven entirely by student interest, so come prepared to share your burning questions or most pressing problems.

Due Diligence: Company & Industry Research with Shana Gass
Tuesday, October 21st 3:30-4:30 pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Save time and effort with these key sources for company and industry research.

Finding Historical Primary Sources with Megan Browndorf and Carl Olson
Wednesday, October 22nd 4-5pm – Cook Library, Room 317
This workshop will discuss how to find primary sources both in the library and online for your historical research. We will go over the best places to look for specific types of primary sources and talk about search strategies. Specifically, we will discuss how to find primary source materials in the catalog, how to perform better online searches to find primary source materials, using library databases to find newspapers and other primary sources, and how to find and leverage government documents as historical materials.

Like a Boss: Business Article Research with Shana Gass
Wednesday, October 22nd 5-6pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Optimize your article searching to find news, scholarly articles, and other information using the Cook Library business databases.

Library Research in the Health Professions with Carissa Tomlinson
Tuesday, October 28th 4-5pm – Cook Library 317
Writing a research paper and don’t know where to get started? Need help navigating tools and resources specific to your field in the health professions? Want tips and tricks on the research process and staying organized? Spend an hour with a librarian for the health professions and leave feeling confident that you’re on the right path towards success!

Top 10 Things You Can (and Can’t) Do Online with Government Information
with Carl Olson and Joyce Garczynski
Wednesday, October 29th, 4-5pm– Cook Library, Room 317
We live in the digital age so everything is available online, right? If only it was that simple. Learn from two librarians the ins and outs of what you can and cannot do online with U.S. government information.

Research To-Go: Using Tablets for Research with Laksamee Putnam & Kim Miller
Thursday, November 5th 3:30-4:30pm – Cook Library, Room 512
This workshop, held in Cook Library’s new iPad-equipped classroom, will highlight tips, tricks, and apps useful for research and academic success. In addition to show-and-tell with some of our favorite productivity apps, attendees will learn more about navigating the library’s resources from mobile devices. iPads will be available for use during the session, but students, faculty, and staff attendees are also encouraged to bring their own devices.

Advanced Google Searching with Sara Arnold-Garza
Monday, November 10th, 3-4 pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Do you like the ease of using Google, but need high quality information for your papers or presentations? This Cook Library workshop will help you learn how to use various Google products to access credible and appropriate resources. There will be time for lots of questions and practice.

Library Resources and Research in Education with Claire Holmes
Tuesday, November 11th 3-4pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Research paper? Literature review? Annotated bibliography? Children’s literature text set or author study? Lesson plans? Whether you are new to Towson or just need a brush up, this is the workshop for you. Meet the education librarians and learn to navigate the specific library resources that are key to your success as a student and as an educator.

Diving into the Deep Web: Reaching Out-of-Reach Resources on the Internet
with Kim Miller and Carl Olson
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 4-5pm – Cook Library 317
Have you ever wondered what Google isn’t telling you? Did you know is over five hundred times as much information in the “invisible” or “deep” web, in searchable databases, archives, blocked sites and exotic formats where search engines can’t reach, as there is in Google’s index? The “deep web” could have just the sunken treasure you are looking for. In this workshop, come explore the deep web – learn what it is, what you can find, and tools to help you dive in.

APA Citation Style with Carissa Tomlinson
Thursday, November 13th, 3-4pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Trying hard not to plagiarize, but not sure what you’re doing? Not sure where to put that pesky comma? Volumes and issue numbers got you down? This Cook Library workshop will cover both reference list and in-text APA citations for a variety of different materials. There will be plenty of time for questions and practice.

Researching Countries and Cultures with Joyce Garczynski
Monday, November 17th, 3-4pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Are you thinking about studying or traveling abroad? Come to this workshop where you can try out global news and information resources and learn what you need to know before you go.

September 3, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

A-LIST Students Available to Help with Research

RackMultipart20140313-29124-1ef1afdThe struggle is real. Let us help!

Students in the A-LIST program (Albert S. Cook Library Leadership Institute for Students) are available to help you with your research needs!

To learn more about how they can help, watch this new video!

August 28, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

In 90 Seconds, Learn All You Need to Know about Cook Library

Al Burt is back and he wants you to learn what he knows about Cook Library!

You can view this new commercial (and all of Al’s previous videos) on Cook Library’s YouTube channel or by clicking on the video below.


August 27, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

New Number for Text-a-Librarian: 410-774-1398

IMGP2403Research help got a new text number over the summer!

If you have a quick question, you can now text it to 410-774-1398 to get an answer.

There is no more short code to enter. Just text us your question and if it during our research help hours, you will get a quick reply. (If it is after hours, a librarian will get back to you the first thing the next morning). Standard messaging and data rates may apply.


August 26, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Students, Step Right Up to Cook Library!

Cbutton1We invite all new students and their families to stop by Cook Library and get to know the fantastic services we have to offer.

Games, Giveaways, and Getting to Know the Library
Saturday, August 23rd from 11-4p at Cook Library
Tuesday, August 26th from 10-4p at Cook Library

New students and their families are invited to stop by Cook Library to test their skills for prizes and refreshments or simply to enjoy the cool air conditioning.  Carnival games and giveaways will be held outside the library. Librarians will be on hand to answer student and parent questions as well as give library tours as requested. In the library, students can pose for photos with their new friends and their favorite books.

Students can also play a QR code based “Mobile Mystery” game with a grand prize gift from the University Store.

Even if you can’t stop by on these days, the library has lots of tools to help you get the fall semester off to a good start:

August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Ferguson infoPlaylist

14974784752_c08a246283_mMichael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri (a suburb of St. Louis) on Saturday, August 9, 2014. The firestorm of protests and arrests that followed has led to nation-wide discussions about race, media coverage, policing, and the First Amendment of the Constitution. This infoPlaylist prepared by Librarians Joyce Garczynski and Megan Browndorf contains background information, news and social media coverage, analysis and opinions as well as the official responses related to these events.


Background Information


News and Social Media Coverage


Analysis and Opinions


Official Responses


August 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

Welcome (Back) Faculty!

Library in Spring 0027(2)We are pleased to welcome new and returning faculty to Cook Library. We hope you had a wonderful summer. There are a number of ways that the library can be of help as you prepare for your classes and work on your own research.

As the fall semester begins, we want you to know that the staff and librarians at Cook are available to help you get your course reserves set up and teach information literacy sessions to your students on topics like avoiding plagiarism and how to find, use, and evaluate information sources.

To learn more about these services visit our faculty website.

The library also offers a number academic events and workshops  throughout the year. If you have ideas for events you would like to see the library offer, please do not hesitate to contact Librarian Joyce Garczynski at and share your ideas.

We can also help you locate the resources you need for your own research.  Just contact the library liaison for your department with your questions. The librarians are always happy to help you find the information you need.

If you find a library resource and you can’t make it over to Cook to pick it up, we can deliver it to you through our Cook Delivers program.

In addition, the library is proud to showcase all the great research you do. The library has a faculty publications display that is changed out every few months, so if you have a publication you would like to be added to the display, please contact your library liaison. If you publish a book, we ask that you donate two copies to the library, one to be circulated and one to be preserved in the Archives.

Don’t forget: You can always keep up with new resources and events by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

August 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

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