The library should be should be a student's first point of contact for questions about locating books, finding articles on a specific topic, or using electronic resources. We have online guides to help you get started with your research, and we are available to consult with you at every stage of the research process. You can schedule an appointment, drop-in, e-mail, or call us with your questions.
Mastering Research and Writing Assignments
This packet includes information about decoding writing assignments, the importance of pre-writing, how to find sources, how to read and code articles, and how to write and edit a research paper.
Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles
This packet includes detailed instructions for finding scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles in EBSCO Discovery.
The CRAP Test
The Internet is an amazing and almost limitless source of information, but it can also present problems and challenges. How do you know the websites you're using for your college research are quality sites and not bogus, incomplete, or out of date? The worth of your final research paper or project is closely related to the quality of the sources you choose to use. Taking the time to apply the CRAP Test is an excellent way to be sure you're using quality websites. Ask yourself the following questions about each website you're considering:
Grammarly scans your text for proper use of more than 250 advanced grammar rules, spanning everything from subject-verb agreement to article use to modifier placement.
Students can request a one-on-one research support session with Dr. Herasingh by texting (970) 548-1827, dropping by her office in the Learning Commons (128A), or emailing her at Chelsea.Herasingh@ojc.edu
Chelsea Herasingh, Ph.D.
Director of the Learning Commons and Educational Resources
1802 Colorado Ave. La Junta, CO 81050
OJC Learning Commons - 128A
Office: (719) 384-6976