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FTS 100: Cultivating Practice: Unleashing the Creative

Fall 2011
The Research Process

Research is an adventure. It's open-ended, exploratory, surprising, frustrating, and full of blind alleys and interesting side trips. It doesn't have to be lonely. Compare notes with your colleagues and take advantage of the friendly people sitting at the reference desk. We love to help you find what you're looking for.

Personnel:
Professor: Melissa Rolnick
Librarian: Anna Hulseberg ahulsebe@gac.edu


Table of Contents:

Reference Works
Reference works are helpful at two points in your research: when starting out (by offering overview articles of, say, a writer and her work) or when nailing down unfamiliar terms, concepts, and topics that turn up during your research. Many reference book articles are written by experts and offer not only information but excellent bibliographies for further research.
  • Encyclopedia of Creativity
    San Diego, Calif: Academic Press 1999
    This encyclopedia brings together the different theories and perspectives on creativity, the creative process, and the psychological, physical or sociological factors that may impact creativity. Topics covered include: Art and Artists, Birth Order, Gender Differences, and Learning Styles; specific theories and theorists are also covered.
    • Location(s): Ref BF 408 .E53 1999
Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All MnPALS Libraries" under "Library to Search" to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary loan. See our Guide to MnPALS for instructions. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. For instance, books on popular music are shelved between ML3469 and ML3541.
  • Library of Congress Classification System
    In our library, books on the same subject are shelved together by call number according to the Library of Congress Classification System. When searching MnPALS, check the "Location" column for the call number.
Finding Articles
Databases for articles and other materials offer references to publications that may or may not be in this library; some databases offer full text of articles and others simply citations. There are in-depth databases that cover publications in a particular field and others that are interdisciplinary. You can access databases from a drop-down list on the library's main page.
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
Finding Journals
  • Journal Locator
    Find out if we subscribe to a particular journal, either online or in print. If the journal is not available in print or full text at Gustavus, you may request copies of articles through Interlibrary Loan.
Getting Help
  • Reference Desk
    Need additional assistance? Stop by the reference desk. Librarians can point you to the best resources for your research project.

    During the academic year, the reference desk is staffed six days a week except during holidays and breaks. When classes are in session, reference librarians are available at the following times:
    Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00.

    You can also e-mail a librarian (folke@gustavus.edu) or IM/Chat with a librarian.

Contacting Anna
I am happy to discuss your research questions with you. Contact me via e-mail at ahulsebe@gustavus.edu or call me at x7566.

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