At the Ref Desk (12/13/18): Last shift of the year. See you in 2019! [more...]

At the Reference Desk

Brief musings while working at the Reference Desk

Last shift of the year. See you in 2019!

Latest Chat Request: 'I'm looking for an article. All I have is 'Bell 2014'. Is that enough?'

Beginning of finals week -- wow, we're crowded!

(Question of the Day): "For how much time can I ask you questions?" I told him we were open till nine.

Bingo! Got my first 'Do-U-Have-My-Textbook???' question -- and the school year doesn't even begin till next week!

Complaints upstairs about someone playing the trumpet in one of the computer labs. Oy.

Foreign student gets 'flood alert' on phone, asks 'do you get a lot of floods in Chicago?'. Um hopefully not.

Got an IM request explaining in great detail (several sentences in fact) what kind of article the person was looking for. Only thing missing -- the topic. Oh well...

Question du Jour: "Can I use one of these rubber bands?" Hope so. No need to bring it back!

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.)