Category Archives: Ask Your Librarian

Includes intriguing or unusual questions that we’ve answered and where/how we found the answers

Medium Rare Books? You Mean You Eat Them?

Well, not exactly. We all know what “rare” books are, right? Generally any book produced before 1800, as well as books that have a particular value or, well, rarity. But that leaves scads of older books out in the cold, … Continue reading

Problem Sets and Solutions

You have homework due in calculus or orgo, but you’re having trouble following the steps about how to solve certain kinds of problems. The library has books full of worked problems and their solutions in many areas of science and … Continue reading

It may not be Rocket Science…

… but library research is still an art. In fact, people write books on the subject. Thomas Mann, (a reference librarian at the Library of Congress, not the dead German writer), has written several editions now of The Oxford Guide … Continue reading

End of Semester Survival Guide

Don’t let finals get you down – the library can help. What you probably need most is a place to study – we’ve got you covered with study areas galore: quiet spaces for you to hunker down and get to … Continue reading

Ask the Experts: Work with a Librarian on Your Research

You’re working on those final papers and projects, and you realize you need a few more articles to support your claims. You need some statistics or data to really drive home your point or to show the evidence in a … Continue reading

Can’t Find It? There’s a Guide for That.

If you ask a JHU student why they are in the library, they might tell you that they are there to study, to do homework, work on a group project, or use a computer. Taking a look around M level, … Continue reading

“I swear I’m not texting!” Put your phone to good use in class.

Are your fingers just itching to use your phone in class? Citations making you crazy? Dreading your bibliography? We can help. Attend one of our online workshops this semester to help you calm your fears, and even have an excuse … Continue reading

Season’s Readings, Guilty Pleasures (and Gift Ideas)

Why do I love these lists so much? Every December, I look forward to the various year-end lists of best books put out by newspapers and other periodicals. True, they are a great place to find something to read, and … Continue reading

Clueless about Chemistry? Me, too…

Doing research in Chemistry and have no idea where to begin? Please, come to the library’s Information Desk and ask to speak with the librarian on duty! But, here’s a secret: you can get a head-start by trying the sources on the Chemistry … Continue reading

Got Term Papers?

Just a reminder to all you stressed students out there – the library can help! There is a reference librarian on duty on M Level of MSEL in the Research Consultation Office from 10am-8pm Monday through Thursday, 10am-5pm on Friday, … Continue reading