Researching Things: Our App-Based Library Scavenger Hunt

Did you know that all first-year students enrolled in University Life complete our app-based library scavenger hunt for course credit? See below to check out some highlights.

The app, created by members of our Library Instruction Committee (Brooke Duffy, Gerry Shea, Chelsea Barrett, Kaitlin Kehnemuyi, with consultation from Archivist Sheridan Sayles), was conceived in 2019 by Brooke Duffy, Coordinator of Instruction Librarian and Hezal Patel, Assistant Dean of the Center for Academic Success. Prior to 2019, first-year students took a librarian-led group tour of the library as part of University Life.

This self-guided, app-based scavenger hunt allows students to learn at their own pace about all of the many resources the library offers and to become comfortable in the space. Students are also asked to complete small tasks and answer questions to check their knowledge along the way. Last year we added a theme to the scavenger hunt loosely based on the Stranger Things television series on Netflix. This year we offer both an in-person version of the app and an entirely virtual version.

Here is the “trailer” for the Scavenger Hunt, introducing our team of instruction librarians!

Below are some screenshots from the scavenger hunt app, which is hosted by the ActionBound platform.

 

 

Mobile access to Nature Journals

You can now connect to Nature Journals through your mobile device; see Nature Publishing Group’s announcement.

You can also access Nature Journals through the library database page or directly at Nature Publishing Group (you will be prompted to log in withe your Pirate Net credentials if you are off campus). This is your gateway to the content and services produced by the Nature Publishing Group, including the journal Nature and its companion journals in specialized subject areas, blogs, conference reports, podcasts, job postings and other supplemental content.

EBSCOhost Mobile and New iPhone App

EBSCO’s new app is free, and offers the convenience and rich functionality that enables users to:

  • Choose which Ebsco databases to search
  • Limit results to full text or peer reviewed
  • Sort by relevance or date
  • Retrieve full text results in HTML and/or PDF formats
  • Save results for offline access at a later date
  • Email results to self or others
  • View cover flow display of results

To access this and other databases, visit the mobile library website

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