Friday, February 28, 2014

Reference Services Intern Completes Online Research Guides


William T. Young Library Reference Services intern Roda Ferraro has been busy lately.   She recently completed two online research guides that will be very useful to our students, faculty, and community researchers.  The first concentrates on 19th Century periodicals, which, though multidisciplinary in nature, will appeal greatly to students of literature.  Not only did most of our greatest 19th century authors publish their fiction and poetry in serials, but a substantial amount of criticism, reviews, and essays can also be found in the pages of Harpers, the Atlantic, McClure’s, and many of the lesser known publications, giving us a window into how the works were received when first written.  The magazines also provide primary source material on many facets of 19th century life for students of history, politics, gender studies, and many other areas.

Roda also recently completed a research guide to the resources for historical statistics.  This guide, which features a multitude of sources for all sorts of statistical data from the US and around the world, primarily helps researchers of history, economics, and sociology, but many other subjects as well.  Historical statistics can provide researchers with fresh insights, allowing them to look at issues they might have thought they understood in new and interesting ways.

Along with these two recent accomplishments, Roda also worked on the Passport to the World:  Viva Mexico! project.  In addition to creating a detailed guide to Mexican Business and Economics, she also used her background in museum work to create displays of native Mexican garments that were exhibited on the first floor of Young Library.  She has also assisted on the reference desk and with information literacy classes.   

In addition to her work in reference and her studies as a library science graduate student, Roda is also working in the Conservation Lab with Kazuko Hioki, Conservation Librarian,  and will start a field experience this summer under the direction of Collections Management Archivist Megan Mummey.

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