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Library offers support to help students finish ahead of finals

KCC Library Contributed Column

By Ryan Strempke-Durgin
On November 30, 2018

It’s inevitable—as the term winds down, anxiety and schoolwork seem to ramp up! This year, lighten your stress with help from the Kirkwood Library. In addition to our biannual Exam Cram (Nov. 29), the library offers many ways to help you get through the end of the semester. 

Do you need help finding the last few resources for your research assignment? Unable to determine whether that blog post is a reputable source? Want advice on how to put the finishing touches on your references page? Come and talk to your friendly librarians trained in helping with exactly these types of questions and more. 

If you are too busy to stop in, we have lots of information in our Help Guides. To get there, from the library website homepage, click the “Explore Help Guides” button and scroll or search for the topic you need help with. You can also use our online chat to message us any questions you may have. We will get back to you in real time and can even share links or screenshots to help you.  

Additionally, we have 82 resource databases and over 35,000 print books covering just about every subject under the sun. What’s even better, if you need help deciding which resource to use, librarians can help with that too.   

In addition to research sources, the library also has several computer stations that you can use to write your papers as well as printer and copy machines for getting hardcopies of your work. 

If all you need is a quiet place to study, we’ve got you covered; the second floor of the Cedar Rapids Campus library is a silent study area. Additionally, if you are working on a group project, there are also study rooms you can reserve ahead of time by using the “Group Room Reservations” link on the library homepage.  

In order to give you even more studying opportunities, the Cedar Rapids campus library will be extending its hours the final two weeks of the term (check the library website or stop in to get the times). 

Finally, after all the papers and exams, if you want to unwind with a good book or curl up and watch a movie, we have a selection of popular fun reads or DVDs that you can borrow as well. 

Whether you are a first-year student, or returning after several semesters, let the library help make your end-of-semester as painless as can be. 

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