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About The Library

Current and upcoming events, hours and policies, staff recs, links, and More!

The Research Process

Use the tabs below to work your way through the research process.

Introduction to Academic Research at OCtech Library

Research Orientation: Beginning- How to start a research paper.

 


Help With the Research Process

Using Outlines to Organize Your Research

Outlines help you organize your ideas and how you plan to use resources

 

The below video provides information on how to properly organize your outline. You do not need to use every step- for example, shorter papers may simply adhere to the primary "I, II, III" . The longer and more detailed the paper, the more detailed and elaborate the outline. 

Formal Outline. (2014, May 11). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ57Jh1xdRw

How to Use the Google Docs Outline Tool. (2016, March 23). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zphxjzGgkmw&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=TheGooru

Introduction to an Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliographies help you keep your resources organized so that you can go back and find them, work out the citation early in the process, and determine how you plan to use the resource.

 


Using Zotero to Create an Annotated Bibliography

Zotero is one of the many free resources available to create an annotated bibliography.

 

Center for History and New Media. (n.d.). Zotero Quick Start Guide. http://zotero.org/support/quick_start_guide

What are your hours?

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 - 7:00
Friday: 7:30 - 1:30
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

How do I get help when I'm at home/off campus?

We have a live chat option during our regular library operating hours. This will put you in touch directly with a librarian. While this is generally available during our normal hours, some slight exceptions may occur. If we are not available, you will know right away because instead of the "Ask A Librarian" box, it will instead say "FAQ". As long as we are live, we usually respond fairly rapidly (within a minute or two) to questions, with the rare exception happening when the library is particularly busy.

We also have a "Zoom Drop In" which is an online room that is available Monday-Thursday 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. The link to this room is right here. If you already have zoom downloaded, and just need the meeting number it is: 96066191635 ...Just remember it is only open during the 2-4 slot!

 

What is a Research Consultation?

A research consultation is simply a one-on-one reference interview with a librarian. They are generally pretty informal, and there is no pressure- you can be at any stage of your research, just starting or nearly finishing, we're here to help! We can assist you with finding resources, showing you additional searching strategies, and generally help you navigate our databases. We are always happy to help!

How do I make a Research Consultation?

Setting up a research consultation is easy- you can simply call the library (803) 535-1262 and request to be put through to a librarian (Haley or Robin), or you can email either of us directly (Robin: peskorm@octech.edu, Haley: hallht@octech.edu) ...we are happy to work with you to find a time and method (in person or virtual) that will work for everyone involved. 

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