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Elisa Slater Acosta
Los Angeles
Reference Librarian at Loyola Marymount University
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How do you critically evaluate your information sources? What do you consider an authoritative source? RADAR is a framework that can help you remember what kinds of questions you should be asking about an information source as you evaluate it for quality and usefulness in your research.1 RADAR is useful for "novice learners who may need to rely on basic indicators of authority, such as type of publication or author credentials, where experts recognize schools of thought or discipline-specific paradigms." 2 During the Spring semester, students in Rhetorical Arts use RADAR to evaluate their sources for their annotated bibliography assignment.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at LMU Library News
DECATUR, IL—A three-member panel of 10-year-old Michael Nogroski's fellow classmates at Nathaniel Macon Elementary School unanimously agreed Tuesday that his 327-word essay "Otters" did not meet the requirements for peer approval. Nogroski presented his results before the entire fifth-grade science community Monday, in partial fulfillment of his seventh-period research project. According to the review panel, which convened in the lunchroom Tuesday, "Otters" was fundamentally flawed by Nogroski's failure to identify a significant research gap. The Onion has the full story. #protip: Check today's date and remember to always evaluate your sources (not just today). Don't believe everything you read without... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at LMU Library News
Question: What is peer review? How is that different from something that is "scholarly?" Answer: Watch the video below! Video Transcript Want to know more? We have an entire research guide dedicated to Peer Review and Evaluating Resources. (Of course we do. We're librarians!) Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at LMU Library News
Are you having trouble getting started on your research assignment or formulating a manageable research question? You are not alone! According to Project Information Literacy 66% of undergraduates say defining a topic is the most difficult phase of the research process. We have resources for exploring and choosing a topic for your research paper or speech! Please check out out newest LibGuide, Need A Topic? Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at LMU Library News
Did you know that ARC offers writing workshops in the library? Well, now you have no excuse not to take advantage of this wonderful service for LMU students! All workshops are held in WHH 117. Call the ARC at 310-338-2847 to reserve a seat! Drop-in writing tutoring is also available Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday 8pm-10pm in WHH 117. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at LMU Library News
Tuesday, August 11 at 9:00am to 12:30pm, Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Based on a variety of examples of sequencing, scaffolding, and integrating information literacy assignments into different classes (First-Year Seminars to upper-level flagged classes), participants will have the opportunity to develop their own information literacy assignments for their classes in line with core requirements and receive feedback and suggestions from colleagues and librarians. During this workshop there will be the opportunity to explore the library's information literacy tools in a hands-on format and consider their integration into the class. Please direct all questions and RSVP to This workshop... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at LMU Library News
Were you assigned the Information Literacy Tutorial in your FYS course? Are you unsure where to find it? How to use it? Are you having technical problems? Do you just need some help and guidance? DON’T WORRY – WE CAN HELP YOU! This fall, we are offering drop-in workshops for students in First Year Seminar (FYS) courses, to help you navigate this new tool. DROP-IN SESSIONS FOR TUTORIAL HELP Ask-a-Librarian in WHH 118 (library E-classroom) on the following dates: Thurs, Aug 29th, Convo Hour (12:15pm-1:15pm) Thurs, Sept 5th, Convo Hour (12:15pm-1:15pm) Tues, Sept 10th, Convo Hour (12:15pm-1:15pm) Thurs, Sept 19th,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2013 at LMU Library News
How would you describe your research habits? What do you find difficult about research? Does the following infographic describe you? Feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter. The data in this infographic comes from Project Information Literacy’s publications Balancing Act: How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library during Crunch Time and Truth Be Told: How College Students Evaluate and Use Information in the Digital Age. Do any of the above adjectives describe you? It doesn't have to be this way! Reference librarians are here to assist... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at LMU Library News
Welcome new students! My name is Elisa Slater Acosta, and I am the Class Librarian for the Class of 2014. This is our third year of working on outreach specifically to incoming students as a graduating class. What does this mean? Even though you (freshmen) are welcome to talk to any librarian, as your Class Librarian I will serve as a consistent, familiar point of contact until graduation. I am available to you by way of email, chat, phone and office appointments. My goal is to help you with your first research assignment, all the way through to the challenges... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at LMU Library News