Five Underutilized Library Resources for Business Students
By Amber Artiaga, Academic Advisor, CalSouthern School of Business
As an academic advisor, I enjoy supporting learners as they progress through their degree and certificate programs. One of my go-to tools in my advisor tool kit is the CalSouthern Library—it contains a wealth of resources for business students. Actually, the library is so replete with tools and information that it can feel almost overwhelming at times. So let me take this opportunity to highlight for you some of the most useful—and underutilized—resources of interest to learners in the School of Business.
You can file these under “I didn’t know that was in the library!”
- The Citation Machine. The Citation Machine makes citing references in APA format a cinch. Simply input the type of resource you are using. Enter the title and publisher information, and Citation Machine will create the APA-formatted resource for you. Check out the Citation Machine here.
- Videos and Podcasts. The “business websites” link in the library takes you to a collection of fantastic videos and podcasts that can help you conduct additional research for your assignments. Why not watch a video or two from “30-Second MBA” and add some video content to your research? You’ll also have the opportunity to learn how to cite video content in APA format. It may not sound exciting now, but I’ve spoken with many learners who have found it to be extremely helpful on longer research papers.
- Gingko Writing Application. No, I’m not talking about a nutritional supplement. The Gingko Writing Application is a useful writing aid that you can find in the library resources citation section. Do you struggle with organizing your thoughts for your essays and case analyses? Check out Gingko; it can walk you through how to organize your thoughts so your assignments have a better, more logical and compelling flow. Check out the Gingko video here.
- Evaluating Sources. Not sure if that Internet resource you’ve found is proper for use in an academic paper? No problem, just click on the “evaluating courses” link under the services tab in the library. There, you’ll learn what a peer-reviewed journal is, and develop an ability to determine whether online sources are appropriate for scholarly work.
- Master Lecture Series Video on Effective Writing. If it’s been some time since you’ve written an academic paper, you need to watch this lecture! Dr. Kathleen Andrews, a faculty mentor for CalSouthern’s School of Behavioral Sciences, covers grammar and citation tips, as well as how to organize and polish your writing. This is a must-see for all business learners, as well.
I hope you’ll explore some of these resources—I am confident you’ll find them to be helpful. I have, however, left one important resource out. This resource is available by phone or email, and it can provide answers to questions about the resources above, as well as any other academic issue you may be facing.
“What is this incredible resource?” you ask. At the risk of sounding immodest, it’s your academic advisor! We’re just a phone call or email away, and we are eager to help you in every way we can. We understand that the journey to completing your degree or certificate program can be a long and arduous one. But you are not alone! We are here to walk with you—every step of the way.