The SJ Libraries' Reference department provides drop-in reference
service at campus library reference desks, e-mail and text
reference through the Ask Us! Service, and one-on-one reference
service by appointment.
SJ Libraries run workshops throughout each semester on different
aspects of doing research and using software. Find the workshop you
want, and register online. Workshops are free to SJ students,
faculty and staff members.
Provides an overview of the research process, including choosing a
topic, forming a thesis, finding and evaluating information, and
citing information and avoiding plagiarism.
Provides simple directions for finding books at St. John's
Libraries and beyond. Includes links to Worldcat, as well as the
three public library systems serving New York City.
A guide to finding articles at SJ Libraries. Includes choosing the
right database, simple and effective search techniques, and
differences between scholarly journals and popular magazines.
Provides useful tips for searching google, such as limiting by date
range, type of Web site, and reading level. Also includes
information on other features of Google, such as Google Books.
Includes tips for evaluating the quality of any source, print or
electronic. What to look for, and red flags to avoid.
Sources / RefWorks
This page provides simple guidelines on when and how to cite
sources, including links to guides for using the most common
styles, including APA, MLA and Chicago.
Plagiarism / Turnitin
This page provides basic information on plagiarism, including what
it is, why it should be taken seriously, and how to avoid it.
Provides a rudimentary introduction to US copyright law.
This page gives information about the department that oversees and
coodinates instruction for using the library. Services provided
in-class and online instruction, and the creation and maintenance
of instructional materials.
Last edited by B. Turner, 1/17/2013.