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1 Here be dragons? Libraries and e-resources Dr Emma Coonan Research Skills Librarian, Cambridge University Library Cambridge University Library

2 What’s your experience of libraries? Image © Adib Roy, flickr.com

3 Librarians... “... are not fiery dragons interposed between the people and the books. They are useful public servants, who manage libraries in the interest of the public …” (Sir William Osler, 1917)

4 Christ’s College Library

5 English Faculty Library

6 University Library

7 “That English mapmakers formerly placed the phrase ‘here be dragons’ at the edges of their known world has somehow become general knowledge...” (Erin C. Blake, 1999)

8 Image © Bruno Girin, flickr.com Study = discovering unknown territory …

9 Image © kaet44, flickr.com … and mapping out the landscape for yourself

10 Libraries link to worlds of information “The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries…. From any of the hexagons one can see, interminably, the upper and lower floors … I say that the Library is unending.” Jorge Luis Borges, ‘The Library of Babel’

11 3 useful tools for mapping your information landscape Cambridge Libraries Gateway LibrarySearch(Plus)

12 Find your library

13 See what’s in Cambridge libraries

14 See what’s in Cambridge libraries... and beyond

15 Explore specialist collections and gateways

16 3 useful tools for mapping your information landscape + 1 essential element for success

17 Your ability to analyse and evaluate information for its accuracy, reliability and scholarly worth Critical vision

18 “That English mapmakers formerly placed the phrase ‘here be dragons’ at the edges of their known world has somehow become general knowledge...” (Erin C. Blake, 1999)

19 “Here is the list of all known historical maps on which these words appear: ”

20 “Here is the list of all known historical maps on which these words appear: “In other words, there aren’t any.”

21 Erin C. Blake, 1999

22 Image © WordShore, flickr.com All images licensed under Creative Commons


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