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Welcome new students and faculty!

August 23, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Yesterday I did not get to the new post as promised, but here it is. First, again I welcome new students and faculty to Georgetown! I am sure you will enjoy it here. I have been here only since October of last year, but already I feel settled and happy that I decided to come here. If you have any questions about the university or the DC region as whole, do not hesitate to ask me, any staff member here at the library, or of course your colleagues and friends. Georgetown’s page about Washington, DC has some great links to help you learn more about the area. Other handy links are for the campus shuttles, GUTS, the campus-wide events calendar, and of course the library. 🙂

If you would like information about what’s going on around town (and there is A LOT) check out Washington Post Going Out Guide, the Washington City Paper, and, of course, The Hoya‘s Guide.

As for the library, more than anything, please just get in touch with me (or anyone else here) if you have any questions, problems, praise, or just want to say hello. You can reach me at mrs249@georgetown.edu, my phone is 202-687-2878, and since we are all now on the Google apps system, via Google chat as well. It is never a bother to ask for help, and nor do I judge when you are confused by something. Good research takes time and skill, and it’s my job to help you accomplish that.

You can get to all my research guides here, and the whole list of them is here. Often this is enough to get you started, but again, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need additional help. It’s a cliché, but there is no dumb question, so ask away!

I’m usually at the library 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Monday through Friday, but sometimes this changes if I need to be in earlier for a meeting or teach a research instruction session in the evening (or, in the case of today, if I’m out because of a dentist appointment!) E-mail me or call if you’d like to set up an appointment for a research consultation or to discuss an instruction session for your class.

Finally, I am open to buying nearly anything that you need for your research and teaching (this applies to both students and faculty.) Of course, the budget does have limits, but in general, if it’s less than $300, I will very likely get it. Over $300 isn’t an automatic no, but we’d probably have a chat about it.

There are many other things about the library and Georgetown that I can cover here, but hey, that’s what my blog is for! So I think I’ll leave it at that for now. Again, welcome, and enjoy your time here at Georgetown!

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Non-profit/think tank sources in DC

July 16, 2012 · Leave a Comment

While I am constantly attempting to provide as many good resources as possible right here in Lauinger, at the same time I encourage students and researchers to take advantage of the university’s location in Washington, DC, to fill in any gaps that may arise. It is important to keep in mind that many of these organizations may have their own agenda, and you may want to check the report’s sources to verify its conclusions. This is true, of course, of any kind of source, but I recommended learning more about the history and purpose of the organization that created the document before considering it as a source for something you’re working on. I won’t get into a discussion of the intricacies of interpretation and objectivity here, but, in short, make sure to look up the stuff in the footnotes.

Keeping this in mind, many organizations hold talks, publish reports (often distributed for free at the talks), and have e-mail subscriptions that can also be useful for your research, and are often the first interpretation of the latest research on a particular topic in a particular country. I actually use them in my own work to find out more about a topic I’m less familiar with as a kind of starting point (again, keeping in mind potential bias issues) , or to identify possible primary resources.

If you want see what organizations are out there, stop by the Lauinger reference desk and have a look at the Yearbook of International Organizations. It has a subject index, so you can simply look up a topic and see relevant organizations. It’s faster than Google, I promise! 🙂

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