At the Ref Desk (4/15/18): File under 'Learn Something New Everyday': Wanna print more than one page (say, 2, 4, 9, etc.) on the same side of the paper? That's what the option "Multiple" is for after typing Ctrl-P. (Thanks to the student who figured this out after he asked me and I told him I didn't know.) [more...]

At the Reference Desk

Brief musings while working at the Reference Desk

Last weekend of the year. We break for the holidays starting next Friday. Gonna be slooooow.

Hey, shouldn't there be cookies and candies all over the place? I mean, it's the Holidays, after all!

Okay, having fun making paper airplanes with the student workers.

Last evening of the Quarter. Kind of quiet. They were serving sandwiches and coffee to the students near the entryway. Now no more. Hey, where's my sandwich? Sucks.

Saturday during Finals Week. Everything's due next Mon-Tues-Wed. It's still early -- calm before the storm. Let's see who's on IM (i.e. 'ChatReference').

Aiiiieeeee! It's Finals' Week at DePaul! Open 24 hrs/day till next week. (Though I'm only doing my normal hours.) And of course a lot of reference questions -- one after the other. A lot of the assignments have to do with coming up with "primary sources" for this, that, or the other thing. Up to now, I've had Tammany Hall and Christopher Columbus.

Call it a rite of passage: but they just put up my First Research guide: How to Cite!

Hoo baby! Whole lot of students doing papers, needing help with their research!

2 students come up saying they want 'scholarly articles' on management, personality and job performance -- but they tried and couldn't find any. I go in and use the same database and find 149. Weird.

If you know, you can feel my pain: "Advanced Segments are Visit based not Pageview based."