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ECU Libraries Offer Courses

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

Both J.Y. Joyner and Laupus libraries are helping to make online research tools and databases more accessible to the East Carolina University community.

Roger Russell, head of information services at the Laupus Library, said after the library moved to the new Allied Health Sciences building, he and his staff wanted offer more educational opportunities for their patrons.

“As new students come in, we need to train them on our databases. MedLine, for example, is a powerful research database but it can also be complex to use,” he said. “It seemed like a good idea to revisit what we’re offering education-wise. During the year we add new resources and we want to keep people informed about what we add.”

The courses offered this spring at Laupus Library include tips on writing papers and picking paper topics. Laupus Library also offers courses that help guide researchers through ECU’s academic article and journal databases such as MedLine and FullText; a bibliographical tool called RefWorks; and several tenure and citation sessions for faculty.

At Joyner Library, as many as 400 course-specific informational sessions are held in a given academic year, said Jan Lewis, head reference librarian at Joyner Library. Given the broad range of research interests on the east campus, Lewis said it is more effective to offer courses that will directly relate to course content and each professor’s assignments.

“Our programs are often scheduled by faculty members with specific classes,” Lewis said. “We call it course-integrated instruction because the student learns more and sees how the session is relevant to them if they have an assignment.”

Professors who want to arrange to bring their students for a tour of the library or for a library instruction session may contact either library. Joyner Library offers tutorials such as web site evaluation and accessing government documents. There are resources for faculty such as creating effective library assignments. These can be accessed at

All courses at Laupus Library take place in the computer classroom room 2502 G (second floor). Enrollment at Laupus is limited to 32 for each session, so registration is encouraged.

A detailed list of courses at Laupus Library, and registration, can be found at: For information, call Russell at 744-2230.

This page originally appeared in the Jan. 26, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at