Chesnutt Library Services for FSU Faculty – Information Literacy + Library Instruction (1.14.2016)

Chesnutt Library Services for Faculty - (1.14.2016)

Our goal is to equip students with the ability to find, select, and evaluate appropriate information resources to ensure their academic success at Fayetteville State University and beyond.

Information Literacy allows students to evaluate information critically, as well as use that information ethically. We foster this strategic goal by offering Bibliographic or Library Instruction.

Classes are typically held in Chesnutt Library in our Conference Room on the 3rd Floor.

Instruction for Students/Classes:

  • Faculty members may request library instruction sessions for their classes, which are provided by members of the Reference Department and Library Staff who hold a Masters of Library Science Degree.
  • Each library instruction session is customized to meet the needs of individual classes and research assignments.
  • One-on-one appointments can also be requested and made with the librarians, depending upon their schedule and the depth of the instruction needed.

 Possible Library Instruction Topics Include:

  • Identifying and using appropriate keywords, subject headings, and concepts to build a search strategy
  • Learning Boolean search techniques to identify relevant information in databases
  • Finding relevant reference sources for background information
  • Searching the online catalog for books and/or other materials
  • Identifying and searching relevant databases on a selected topic
  • Distinguishing between scholarly articles (academic, research, peer-reviewed) and non-scholarly articles (newspapers, magazines, trade journals).
  • Identifying and using primary sources versus secondary sources
  • Locating, selecting and evaluating scholarly articles
  • Critically evaluating information sources such as books and articles
  • Locating, selecting, and evaluating websites
  • Documenting resources used in a particular citation style (APA, MLA, ASA, Chicago, and using RefWorks, a citation management software)

Contact Diana Amerson at (910) 672-1239 or or Jan Whitfield at (910) 672-1750, or to schedule an instruction session or tour.

You may also contact the liaison or Subject Librarian responsible for your department.

Librarian and Assigned Liaison Areas

Diana Amerson Head of Bibliographic Instruction and Distance Education

  • Department of English; Department of Government and History; Department of World Languages and Cultures; University College (Freshman Seminar); Continuing Education; Military Education; (All Subject Areas)
Jan Whitfield Head of Public Services and Information Literacy

  • School of Education; Department of Nursing; Department of Social Work; (All Subject Areas)
Robert Foster Head of Reference and Interlibrary Loan

  • School of Business and Economics
Velappan Velappan Head of Circulation

  • Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Matthew Lawson Head of Information Technology

  • Department of Economics; Department of Biological Sciences; Department of Chemistry and Physics
Xian Peng Head of Cataloging

  • Department of Psychology; Department of Sociology
Jinong Sun Head of Acquisitions

  • Department of Philosophy
Vera Hooks Head of Periodicals

  • Department of Criminal Justice


Resource of the Week: CliffsNotes (2.12.2016)

Resource of the Week: CliffsNotes (2.12.2016)What: CliffsNotes are designed and intended to be used as a supplemental aid. This resource should not, by any means, replace classroom discussion or the in-depth reading of a text.

How: You can easily access CliffsNotes online as eBooks via EBSCO eBook Collection.

In addition to having many eBook versions readily available on a computer or device, Chesnutt Library also provides a collection of print CliffsNotes located in both the Main Stacks and behind the Reference Desk.

Most people use CliffsNotes by reading a chapter of the book or an act of the play, and then reading the corresponding section in the CliffsNotes (…) By using CliffsNotes responsibly, reviewing past criticism of a literary work, and examining fresh points of view, you can establish a unique connection with a work of literature and can take a more active part in a key goal of education: redefining and applying classic wisdom to current and future problems.” (Source: CliffNotes)

CliffsNotes offers more than just notes on literary works; you can also find guides to help you prepare for quizzes, papers, professional tests, as well as learn more on subject-specific topics. Visit their website for more information.

Who: Anyone at the Reference Desk can help you find and access CliffNotes online and/or in Chesnutt Library.

Resource of the Week: EBSCO Discovery Service (2.4.2016)

Resource of the Week: EBSCO Discovery Service (2.4.2016) | Chesnutt Library BlogWhat: EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)

How: Instead of exhausting hours upon hours searching across multiple databases, entering the same search terms again and again, using the EDS can help you cut the repetitive corners.

The EDS database is a time-saving resource that allows you to search most of our databases at once. EDS provides access to our entire collection via a single, customized entry point.

This one-stop search will yield a wide-range of items that are accessible via Chesnutt Library to include magazines, journals, print books, eBooks, summaries, reports, news stories, and more.

You can best access this database via the Journal Articles and Databases tab on our website.

Contact the Reference Desk via phone or chat, if you have any questions using this resource.

(Source: EBSCO Discovery Service White Paper)

Resource of the Week: RefWorks (1.28.2016)

Resource of the Week: RefWorks (1.28.2016)What: RefWorks

How: RefWorks is a web-based citation manager. It is a system that allows you to create, search, and maintain your own personal citations database. These citations can then be easily inserted in research papers and can be automatically added to bibliographies.

RefWorks is a free service for all Fayetteville State University students, faculty, and staff. It is accessible both on and off campus. To use the citation manager, you will need to create a new account.

Refworks allows you to do the following:

  • Create your own personal database
  • Import references from the Chesnutt Library databases
  • Automatically format your papers and bibliographies in seconds
  • Manage all types of research information
  • Collaborate with your peers and colleagues

Who: This LibGuide is maintained by LaTasha R. Jones, University Library Technician (Reference and Interlibrary Loan).

ReWorks is a wonderful citation tool, but often students have questions about how to log in, export citations databases and other information. Please feel free to contact LaTasha Jones at or at (910) 672-1230 for further assistance.

Resource of the Week: Nursing LibGuide (1.21.2016)

Resource of the Week: Nursing LibGuide (nursingwordle)

What: Nursing LibGuide

LibGuides are used to curate knowledge and share information via an online guide on a specific topic, subject, course, and process.

How: The purpose of the Nursing LibGuide is to assist students and faculty members of Fayetteville State University’s School of Nursing in locating library resources for study and research purposes.

Who: This LibGuide is maintained by Jan Whitfield, Head of Public Services and Information Literacy.

Use the Nursing LibGuide for assistance with the following:

Chesnutt Library makes every attempt to provide timely and updated  information in nursing by way of its print and electronic resources.

Martin Luther King, Jr. | Selected Book List (1.15.2014)

Charles W. Chesnutt Library

At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68

by Taylor Branch

Call No.: E185.615 .B67 2006

Becoming King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Making of a National Leader 

by Troy Jackson

Call No.: E185.97.K5 J343 2008

The Dream: And the Speech That Inspired a Nation 

by Drew D. Hansen

Call No.: E185.97.K5 H273 2003

From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr. , and the Struggle for Economic Justice 

By Thomas F. Jackson

Call No.: E185.97.K5 J34 2007

King Remembered 

by Flip Schulke

Call No.: E185.97.K5 S38 1986 (FSU Archives)

Last Crusade: Martin Luther King Jr., the FBI, and the Poor People’s Campaign 

by Martin Luther King Jr.,; FBI Staff; Poor People’s Campaign Staff; Gerald D. McKnight,

Call No.: E185.97.K5 M38 1998

Martin Luther King Jr.: Apostle of Militant Nonviolence 

by James A. Colaiaco

Call No.: ML82 .G57 1993  (FSU Archives)

Northern Protest: Martin Luther King…

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Librarian Diana Amerson Selected as Scholarship Coordinator, 2016-17 NCCIIE Model UN Conference (1.12.2016)

Librarian Diana Amerson Selected as Scholarship Coordinator, 2016-17 NCCIIE Model UN Conference (1.12.2016) - [DACOR logo]The DACOR Bacon House Foundation will to renew its offer of a Metro scholarship for a student from the NCCIIE for the Academic Year 2016-2017. Librarian Diana Amerson will be the coordinator for each NCCIIE member institution.

The NCCIIE, North Carolina Consortium for International and Intercultural Education, Model United Nations Conference is comprised of the following schools:

  • Fayetteville State University
  • Shaw University
  • North Carolina Central. University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Bennett College
  • Johnson C Smith University
  • Winston-Salem State University

The Consortium was developed to serve and provide member intuitions opportunities for learning in international and intercultural contexts. Specifically, the Consortium was formed to:

  • Provide international and intercultural learning experiences for students enrolled in the member colleges and universities.
  • Encourage interest in graduate studies and in international careers.
  • Offer opportunities for professional development of member institution.
  • Increase financial resources through cooperative efforts.
  • Leverage these resources through independent and matching grants.
  • Create and maintain a common catalog of information concerning international and intercultural courses, programs and activities.
  • Engage in constructive efforts to inter-instructional transfer of course credits.
  • Sustain efforts to increase awareness of international and intercultural education.
  • Serve as a liaison agency among national organizations and other consortia.
  • Establish an effective means for sharing international and intercultural expertise
  • Hold workshops, special seminars and special programs to focus on international and intercultural topics.

The DACOR Bacon House Foundation Metro scholarships are awarded for the purpose of encouraging American students to pursue majors and careers in international affairs. It is the Foundation’s intent that undergraduate scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic worthiness and demonstrated need.

Questions? Contact Diana Amerson.

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Monday, 12/7 — Thursday, 12/10

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Save the Dates: Two-Day Workshops for 8th Cohort of the Chesnutt Library Information Literacy Fellows (11.30.2015)

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Become a Delegate and Participate in the NCCIIE 2016 Model UN Conference! | (11.30.2015)

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Preparatory meetings are held from 2:00 to 3:30 pm in Taylor Science room 203 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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