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Workshops

Research Workshops

Each semester the library hosts a series of workshops in which students can learn about a variety of topics that will enhance their ability to conduct effective research, such as using research citation methods (APA, MLA, etc.). Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are in the Active Learning Classroom in the Jerry Falwell Library, Room 171. Bring your preferred device to all workshops for hands-on learning!

Workshops may be attended in person or via streaming video in cooperation with Liberty University Online.  For online attendance, register at www.liberty.edu/webinars for the specific workshop to receive login information.  The password is luo1.

 This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend.

Upcoming Workshops:

Tuesday, January 12, 8:00 p.m.

  • JFL 101: Becoming a Confident Library User
    Join us for an engaging workshop that will teach you about the Jerry Falwell Library. Topics include deciphering call numbers, locating books and journals, using the JFL catalog, reserving group study rooms, and using services you may not even know we have!

Wednesday, January 13, 12:00 p.m.

  • JFL 101: Becoming a Confident Library User
    Join us for an engaging workshop that will teach you about the Jerry Falwell Library. Topics include deciphering call numbers, locating books and journals, using the JFL catalog, reserving group study rooms, and using services you may not even know we have!

Thursday, January 14, 3:30 p.m.

  • Managing Your Research
    Do you have multiple assignments for multiple classes? Do you find it difficult to keep all of your research organized? Come to this workshop to learn a personal information management style that is right for you. We will discuss tips and organizational methods, help you identify a system that works for you, and demonstrate what resources are available to help.

Wednesday, January 27, 6:30 p.m.

  • Finding and Using Dissertations in Assignments 
    This workshop will discuss finding dissertations, including how to learn from their bibliographies and research methodologies as well as how to identify gaps in the literature. 

Thursday, January 28, 2:00 p.m.

  • Copyright, Fair Use, and Permissions 
    Navigating copyright, fair use, and permissions can be challenging. Come learn how to determine if your use of information falls within fair use guidelines and what to do when it doesn’t.

Thursday, January 28, 3:30 p.m.

  • Choosing the Right Type of Resource Based on Your Information Need
    What makes a scholarly journal “scholarly,” and why can’t I find current events in them? Find out the answer to these and other common research questions in our workshop discussing the cycle of information--where it originates and how it can end up in your paper. We will discuss how to know whether you should use books, journals, magazines, videos, and/or other types of resources based on what type of information you need to complete your assignment.

Monday, February 1, 2:00 p.m.

  • Basics of APA Formatting in Word 
    Join us for a workshop to teach you how to create properly formatted reference lists in APA. We’ll discuss sources for citations for journals and books. We’ll also cover how to use Microsoft Word to create hanging indents and change capitalization. This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Join us for a workshop to teach you how to create properly formatted reference lists in APA. We’ll discuss sources for citations for journals and books. We’ll also cover how to use Microsoft Word to create hanging indents and change capitalization.

Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.

  • Global Research: Countries, Cultures, and People Groups 
    This workshop will demonstrate using library and open access resources to research countries, cultures, languages, and people groups.  Databases to be demonstrated include Country Watch, Global Road Warrior, World Christian Database, and Culturegrams. 

Tuesday, February 9, 8:00 p.m.

  • JFL 101: Becoming a Confident Library User
    Join us for an engaging workshop that will teach you about the Jerry Falwell Library. Topics include deciphering call numbers, locating books and journals, using the JFL catalog, reserving group study rooms, and using services you may not even know we have!

Wednesday, February 10, 12:00 p.m.

  • JFL 101: Becoming a Confident Library User
    Join us for an engaging workshop that will teach you about the Jerry Falwell Library. Topics include deciphering call numbers, locating books and journals, using the JFL catalog, reserving group study rooms, and using services you may not even know we have!

Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 p.m.

  • Introduction to Graduate Theological Research 
    Join us for a workshop to increase your awareness and effective use of theological and biblical studies resources. We will discuss finding sources on specific Scripture passages including both journal articles and books. 

Thursday, February 11, 3:30 p.m.

  • Social Media for Research
    The information on your social media does not have to stay separate from your academic or professional life. In this workshop, you will learn the different types of information found on social media and methods for making beneficial connections to help your research or career. We will also go over how to cite a tweet or status and when it is appropriate to use it in your paper.

Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.

  • Introduction to Graduate Counseling Research 
    Join us for a workshop to increase your awareness and effective use of counseling resources. We’ll discuss APA databases, the online DSM-V, and how to find scholarly articles on any topic. 

Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 p.m.

  • Introduction to Graduate Education Research 
    Join us for a workshop to increase your awareness and effective use of education resources. We’ll discuss finding scholarly journal articles and testing instrument reviews in databases such as ERIC, Education Research Complete, Mental Measurements Yearbook, and ProQuest Education. 

Thursday, February 25, 3:30 p.m.

  • Finding Relevant Resources for Your Assignments
    This webinar will show you how to navigate the Jerry Falwell Library website to find the information you need.  We will take a look at general databases, subject databases, e-books, and research guides.

Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.

  • Introduction to Graduate Business Research 
    Join us for a workshop to increase your awareness and effective use of business resources. We’ll discuss finding scholarly journal articles and researching specific companies and industries. 

Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 p.m.

  • Using Google Scholar
    Google Scholar is a free resource that provides citations for scholarly articles and books. Many of these resources are not freely available online, but we will teach you how to connect this search engine to our databases to easily check for free access through the library. Tips and tricks will be given to make your research easier.

Thursday, March 10, 3:30 p.m.

  • Research Guides to the Rescue: Making Your Assignments Easier
    Allow us to introduce you to an informative and user-friendly tool--Research Guides.  Librarians have developed an individual guide for each department or area of study that outlines citations, databases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, websites, and more that are all relate directly to the subject you are researching.  Research Guides serve as a great starting point for those new to research and can make your research process much easier!

Tuesday, March 15, 8:00 p.m.

  • JFL 101: Becoming a Confident Library User
    Join us for an engaging workshop that will teach you about the Jerry Falwell Library. Topics include deciphering call numbers, locating books and journals, using the JFL catalog, reserving group study rooms, and using services you may not even know we have!

Wednesday, March 16, 12:00 p.m.

  • JFL 101: Becoming a Confident Library User
    Join us for an engaging workshop that will teach you about the Jerry Falwell Library. Topics include deciphering call numbers, locating books and journals, using the JFL catalog, reserving group study rooms, and using services you may not even know we have!

Thursday, March 17, 3:00 p.m.

  • Finding Resources: E-books, ILL, and WorldCat
    You have millions of resources at your fingertips, but how do you find them? We will show you how to find and use e-books, how to request and access materials through InterLibrary Loan, and how to discover the wonders of WorldCat.

Wednesday, March 23, 6:30 p.m.

  • Finding and Using Research Tests & Instruments 
    Researchers doing original research are often looking for instruments with documented reliability and validity.  This workshop will talk about finding such test instruments.  We’ll demonstrate Mental Measurements Yearbook which contains reviews of commercially available instruments.  We’ll also look at the Health and Psychosocial Instruments database and discuss alternate ways to find appropriate free or low cost instruments. 

Thursday, March 24, 3:30 p.m.

  • E-book Q&A
    With a variety of databases that offer e-books, it can be confusing to navigate all the different platforms to find, use, cite, and download e-books to your preferred device. This webinar has been specifically designed in order to help make this process easier so that you can take advantage of the over 300,000 e-books to which the library provides access.

Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 p.m.

  • Integrating Faith into Assignments: A Biblical Worldview in Research 
    As Christian scholars, we want to look at empirical evidence through eyes of faith.  This workshop will discuss the integration of a biblical worldview within disciplines such as business, education, counseling, etc.  We’ll discuss how to find and create Christian scholarship within these diverse fields using our library resources.  We’ll also talk about finding literature in your field from a Christian or biblical perspective. 

Thursday, April 7, 3:30 p.m.

  • Can I Use This Resource for My Assignment?
    With so many types of sources, it can be difficult to know which ones to use and how to best utilize them. At this workshop, you will learn what scholarly and peer reviewed mean, when to use primary and secondary sources, and that Wikipedia can actually be useful! We will explore the many types of resources that you’ll find when doing research and how you can use them to your benefit.

Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 p.m.

  • Publishing Your Research (Journal Submissions, Publishers, Copyright, etc.) 
    This workshop will talk about publishing opportunities for your research.  We will discuss submitting items to Liberty’s Digital Commons as well as resources to find places to submit scholarly journal articles.  We’ll also cover the publishing process and copyrighting your work. 

Thursday, April 14, 3:00 p.m.

  • Submitting Your Electronic Thesis/Dissertation for Graduation 
    Learn how to submit your thesis or dissertation to the University’s institutional repository, the Digital Commons, to meet your graduation requirement. This workshop will also demonstrate how the Digital Commons will bring exposure to your scholarship.

Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 p.m.

  • Using Citation Managers: Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote 
    Citation managers store bibliographic information about books and articles and interface with word processors to create in-text citations or footnotes and bibliographies. We’ll discuss freely available citation managers such as Zotero and Mendeley as well as EndNote which is a subscription citation manager available free to current Liberty students, faculty, and staff.

Thursday, April 21, 3:30 p.m.

  • Basics of Turabian Formatting in Word 
    Join us for a workshop to learn how to create properly formatted bibliographies in the Chicago/Turabian: Humanities style (footnotes/bibliography). We’ll discuss sources for citations as well as how to use Microsoft Word to create hanging indents and change capitalization.

Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m.

  • Managing Sources Using EBSCO Folders and WorldCat Lists 
    The number of resources displayed for a given topic is often overwhelming! Come to this session to learn how to manage your sources using personal folders and annotations to store items of interest in within EBSCO databases and WorldCat search results.

Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.

  • Introduction to Nursing and Medical Research 
    Join us for a workshop to increase your awareness and effective use of nursing and medical resources to make your research easier and more efficient. We’ll discuss CINAHL, MEDLINE, UpToDate, and various other nursing databases which provide the latest evidence-based research.  We will also share how to connect Google Scholar to our subscription databases.

Archived Workshops

  • Basic of APA Formatting in Word 
    Join us for a workshop to teach you how to create properly formatted reference lists in APA. We’ll discuss sources for citations for journals and books. We’ll also cover how to use Microsoft Word to create hanging indents and change capitalization. This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Basics of Turabian Formatting in Word 
    Join us for a workshop to learn how to create properly formatted bibliographies in the Chicago/Turabian: Humanities style (footnotes/bibliography). We’ll discuss sources for citations as well as how to use Microsoft Word to create hanging indents and change capitalization. This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Becoming a Google Power Searcher 
    Join us for a workshop on using Google to make your research easier and more efficient. We’ll cover domain searches, site searches, file type searches, and more! This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Copyright in the Classroom 
    Copyright can be intimidating! We want to help you understand the copyright laws that apply to classroom instruction. Participants will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of fair use, obtaining permission, and image copyright.
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  • Finding and Using Data and Statistics
    This workshop will help you to find and use statistical information about your topic.  We’ll discuss the distinction between data and statistics, and we’ll demonstrate how to use library databases such as Opposing Viewpoints and CQ Researcher to retrieve statistics about current, controversial topics. We will also address government and industry sources, including the National Center for Education Statistics.
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  • Finding and Using Dissertations 
    This workshop will discuss finding dissertations, including  how to learn from their bibliographies and research methodologies as well as how to identify gaps in the literature.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Finding and Using Open Educational Resources 
    Thousands of professors from prestigious universities have been making their curricular materials freely available online for other teachers to redesign and reuse. Participants will leave this workshop understanding how to discover, evaluate, and use these open educational resources.
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  • Finding Research Gaps by Reviewing the Literature
    Students doing original research often review existing scholarly literature to find a “gap in the research” that they propose to fill.  This workshop will briefly discuss how to do a comprehensive review of the literature.  We will discuss how to determine researchable topics and how to broaden or narrow topics to fill a gap.
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  • Finding Resources: E-books, ILL, and WorldCat
    You have millions of resources at your fingertips, but how do you find them? We will show you how to find and use e-books, how to request and access materials through InterLibrary Loan, and how to discover the wonders of WorldCat.
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Finding Scholarly Articles on Any Topic: Choosing Databases, Search Terms, and Controlled Vocabulary
    Starting a new research project can be daunting, especially if you are not already familiar with the topic. This workshop will make the process easier by addressing the characteristics and content of scholarly articles, choosing the best databases and search strategy for your topic, and explaining how to identify and use standardized subject terms.  We’ll also present advanced search strategies, including Boolean searches and truncation.
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  • Finding the Best Resources for Your Paper
    With so many types of sources, it can be difficult to know which ones are best for your topic. At this workshop, you will learn what scholarly and peer reviewed mean, when to use primary and secondary sources, and that Wikipedia can actually be good! We will discuss many different types of resources and how you can use them effectively.
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Get a Grip on Research
    Are you a confused about how to start your research project? Join us for a workshop covering all the basics of the research process that your professor assumes you already know! We will discuss choosing a relevant and researchable topic, using different types of resources, locating appropriate sources, and organizing your findings.
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Help! How do I use Turabian?
    Does the thought of using Turabian formatting for your bibliography scare you because you're not even sure how to pronounce the word? Then this is the workshop for you. We will discuss how to put together your bibliography and footnotes using the current Turabian manual's instruction. Moreover, we will show you how to find the necessary bibliographic information in the library's resources along with some tips and tricks that will make your research a breeze.
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  • How can I access free e-books?
    Come learn how to find and download library e-books. You will also discover some other venues for free e-books as well as get answers to your questions about using the library's e-books. 
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  • How do I use databases to find information?
    Learn tips and tricks for using library databases to accurately retrieve information resources that are relevant to your research needs.
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  • How do I use that Summon thing?
    This workshop will help you learn how to use Summon to search most of the library’s resources at once as well as how to search the JFL Catalog. We will also show you how to use search limits to focus your search.
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • How do I use the Health Professions Research Guide?
    This workshop will take you on a tour of the Health Professions Research Guide found on the library website. You will learn how to locate, navigate, and use the research guide to find sources for your research.
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • How do I use the History Research Guide?
    This workshop will help you learn how to use the library's History Research Guide to find the best places to go for your research. We will find journal articles, primary sources, print books, and electronic books.
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • How do I use the Religion Research Guide?
    Learning how to use the Religion Research Guide will help you to efficiently and effectively find relevant resources for your course assignments in biblical studies, church history, church ministries, evangelism, pastoral leadership, and more! This workshop steps you through the research guide and highlights the use of key resources.
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  • How to Self-Publish an E-book
    Need a way to make your book available to the world? Participants will leave this workshop understanding the pros and cons of self-publishing, how to self-publish, and how to market their own e-books.
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  • ILLiad: Using InterLibrary Loan for Books and Articles
    This workshop will show you how to create an InterLibrary Loan account (ILLiad) in order to request resources either from our collections or from around the world. We will address InterLibrary Loan policies as well as the basics of placing and retrieving requested materials.
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Image Copyright
    A picture is worth a thousand words but not if you aren’t sure how to ethically use it.  Join us for a discussion on guidelines that will ensure that you have correctly used and cited images in your scholarship.  We will also share some tips for locating copyright free images.
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  • Introduction to Dissertation Research: Literature Reviews, Methodologies, and Theoretical Frameworks
    This workshop will provide an overview of the literature review portion of the thesis and dissertation process.  We’ll discuss identifying research gaps, determining appropriate methodologies, and adapting theoretical frameworks through resources such as the Sage Research Methods Online database.
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Introduction to Graduate Business Research 
    Join us for a workshop to increase your awareness and effective use of business resources. We’ll discuss finding scholarly journal articles and researching specific companies and industries.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device.)
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Introduction to Graduate Counseling Research 
    Join us for a workshop to increase your awareness and effective use of counseling resources. We’ll discuss APA databases, the online DSM-V, and how to find scholarly articles on any topic.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device.)
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Introduction to Graduate Education Research
    Join us for a workshop to increase your awareness and effective use of education resources. We’ll discuss finding scholarly journal articles and testing instrument reviews.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device.)
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Introduction to Graduate Theological Research 
    Join us for a workshop to increase your awareness and effective use of theological and biblical studies resources. We will discuss finding sources on specific Scripture passages including both journal articles and books.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • JFL 101: Becoming a Confident Library User
    Join us for an engaging workshop that will teach you all about the Jerry Falwell Library. Topics include deciphering call numbers, locating books and journals, using the JFL catalog, reserving group study rooms, and using services you may not even know we have!
     
  • Managing Sources Using EBSCO Folders and WorldCat Lists
    The number of resources displayed for a given topic is often overwhelming! Come this session to learn how to manage your sources using personal folders and annotations to store items of interest in your EBSCO databases and WorldCat search results.
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Navigating the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission Process
    This workshop will help you navigate the submission process of your thesis or dissertation into Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global database and the University’s institutional repository, the Digital Commons.  We will then demonstrate how the Digital Commons will bring exposure to your scholarship online.  (This submission is a requirement for graduation.)
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Publishing Your Research (Journal Submissions, Publishers, Copyright, etc.)
    This workshop will talk about publishing opportunities for your research.  We will discuss submitting items to Liberty’s Digital Commons as well as resources to find places to submit scholarly journal articles.  We’ll also cover the publishing process and copyrighting your work.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Research Guides to the Rescue
    Allow us to introduce you to an informative and user-friendly tool called a Research Guide.  Librarians have developed an individual guide for each department or area of study that outlines citation, databases, encyclopedia, dictionaries, websites, and more which all relate directly to the subject you are researching.  These serve as a great starting point for those new to research.
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Research Smart Phone
    You use your smartphone to find all kinds of information. At this workshop, we will discuss ways that you can use it to locate scholarly information for your research projects. We will explain how to access library databases, search for e-books, and identify additional resources suitable for your project.
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  • Submitting your Thesis or Dissertation to the Library
    Are you finishing your thesis or dissertation this semester?  This webinar will explain the process of submitting your final draft to the library for publication in Liberty University’s Digital Commons.
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  • Surviving Group Projects
    Do you dread group projects? We’ll show you how to complete one successfully from reading it on your syllabus to turning in the final product. We will go over interpersonal communication as well as handling the logistics of meetings and room reservations. We’ll also provide recommendations for divvying up the workload and suggest tasks to accomplish at meetings.
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  • Understanding and Using Free Open Access Resources
    Many educational institutions provide freely accessible academic resources at no charge through open access repositories.  Join us for this workshop about using open access sources such as the Liberty University Digital Commons, the National Center for Education Statistics, Google Books, Hathi Trust, and more. 
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Using EndNote to Manage Your Citations 
    EndNote is a bibliographic citation manager available free to current Liberty students, faculty, and staff that allows you to store book and article citations.  Come learn how to install the program, export citations from databases into EndNote, and use it within Microsoft Word while writing your research papers. This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). 
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Using Google Books and WorldCat to Find Books 
    Google Books contains scanned books, many of which can be previewed and used as a research resource. WorldCat is a catalog of books in libraries around the world. Together, these two resources provide full-text access to millions of books which can be cited in your research. This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Using Google Scholar
    Google Scholar is a free resource that provides citations for scholarly articles and books. Many of these resources are not freely available online, but we will teach you how to connect this search engine to our databases to easily check for free access through the library. Tips and tricks will be given to make your research easier.
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Using Primary Sources for Historical Research
    Liberty has several subscription databases that contain primary historical sources.  This workshop will cover searching ProQuest Historical Newspapers, Early American Imprints, and Early English Books Online.  We’ll also discuss open access resources such as the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Using the Library Website for Research & Getting Help with Your Research
    This session will introduce the Jerry Falwell Library website and how to use it for your research needs. It will also present ways to get help from the library.
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  • Where can I find content in other languages and formats?
    You will learn which databases you can search using non-English interfaces, that have non-English content, and that provide other formats, such as audio for text and text for video. You will also see how the resources are grouped and where to find the lists.
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  • Where can I find sources for my topic? 
    This workshop will take you on a tour of Research Guides found on the library website. You will learn how to locate, choose, navigate and use the Research Guides.
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  • Where do I find sources for my English paper?
    This workshop will take you on a tour of English and Modern Languages Research Guide found on the library website. You will learn how to locate, navigate, and use the Research Guide to find sources for you paper.
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  • Where do I find what I need?
    You will learn to navigate the Jerry Falwell Library website and all the places you can access resources suitable for research. Come learn how to locate an article, book, e-book, and research guides. You will also learn what InterLibrary Loan (ILL) is and how it can benefit you during the research process.
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