The Awe of Research

Yesterday, students of Dr. Peebles’s EN 501: Building Textual Interpretation class traveled to the Library of Congress. Having the world’s largest library in Marymount’s backyard is certainly advantageous, considering that Dr. Peebles’s students have an upcoming research database project and research essay to complete based on a selected topic of their choice from their reading of Elizabeth Gaskill’s North and South. Students met with a librarian of the Humanities and Social Sciences division, Abby Yochelson, in the Jefferson Building and learned how to access and maneuver the Library of Congress’ library catalog and digital catalog to find relevant primary and secondary sources. The students were also given a tour of the Library of Congress’ Reader Room and card catalog storage room, which definitely emphasized the advances and continual advances that research and technology are experiences. At the end of the visit, students felt more assured that they would find more than enough resources to complete their research.

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