Library Scavenger Hunt

Activity Objectives
  • Students will be able to identify various sections of the university library.
  • Students will be able to find print journals and books in the university library.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to find additional sources to the ones for which are specifically searching.
  • Students will be able to identify appropriate reference sources.
Relevant Course Objective
  • Students will be able to identify the steps of the research process and apply information literacy skills in a variety of contexts.

Example Materials for One Group

Challenge 1: Many research libraries have a section where researchers may work with unique, original documents, also known as primary sources. We have one here at FSU.
  • Identify this section and identify the profession of the person responsible for it (note: "Librarian" is not sufficient).
  • Find this section in the library and go to it.
  • Speak to the person responsible for this section and ask him what he does.
    • Be prepared to answer: what does this person do?
    • Bring back what he gives you.

Challenge 2
  • Find this book: Chaucer’s Sexual Poetics by Carolyn Dinshaw
  • If you have found the right book, there will be something to bring back.
    • Be prepared to answer: list two other books nearby that would be useful and you might want to look at if you were researching this topic.
  • Look in the bibliography of Chaucer’s Sexual Poetics.
    • Be prepared to answer: how do you know it is a journal article?
  • Decide if we have this article in print in the library.
  • If not, decide if it is available in full text through the research databases.
    • Be prepared to answer: if it is not available in full text, how would you access it?

Challenge 3
  • Find this article in print in the library:
Bayback, Michael, and A. Kent Hieatt. “Placement ‘In the Middest’ in The Faerie Queene.” Papers on Language and Literature 5.3 (1969): 227-34.
  • Find a page in the article that has bibliographic notes and take a photo of it.
  • On this paper, note what is missing or incorrect about the above citation.

Challenge 4: For researchers studying medieval and Early Modern topics, dictionaries and concordances (collection of words found in a text or used by an author in his/her writing, usually accompanied by quotations and/or line numbers) are useful tools. These resources are typically located in the reference section of the library.
  • You have noticed that the word “demon” appears in the translation of Beowulf. You would like to know the history of this word in order to know how it is being used or if it is an accurate translation.
  • Identify a resource that would help you with this question. Find that source.
  • Take a photo of the page with the helpful information about this word.
    • o Be prepared to answer: what did you learn about this word?