Library Photo of the Week

This week a UW Tacoma writing class got to play our prototype of “Research-to-Research,” a card game inspired by Mattel’s popular Apples-to-Apples. This is one of the ways our librarians bring innovative instruction exercises to the research environment! Look forward to learning more about this evolving activity in a future blog post. For now, please Read More…

10 Cool Things: Research Help

Welcome to Week 3 of Spring Quarter! I greatly enjoy surprising you, my patrons, with cool tips to support and enhance your research and information discovery. While I delight in your delight, I don’t want to keep these things a secret! Here are 10 things I want you to know about: I’m never too busy Read More…

Geez, why so many citation styles?

History The requirements of various citation styles can seem arbitrary, difficult, and like a professor’s favorite method of student torture. To manage your frustration, remember that the purpose of each style is to encourage consistency and meet the needs of a specific discipline. Chicago claims to be the oldest citation style, originating in 1891, when Read More…

Aren’t encyclopedias for little kids?

In short, no! The UW Tacoma library has hundreds of subject encyclopedias, a great resource for some very non-elementary academic work. There are several reasons to use a subject encyclopedia. Encyclopedias are curated and ad-free Subject encyclopedias give an overview of a broad topic, but are narrow enough to be applicable. Unlike a search engine, Read More…

Partial Shutdown’s Impact on Federal Publications

Introduction The impasse between President Donald Trump and Congress over the proposed $5.7 billion border wall has evolved into the most extended partial government shutdown in United States history. The partial shutdown has produced numerous adverse effects, including about 380,000 federal employees placed on furlough; 420,000 federal employees working without pay; reduced government services; and Read More…