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Orange EXCELeration: Welcome to IS 101

Tips for your 1st college assignment!



I have made it "viewable" through a link so that those who used it in the past can check to see if it still has info they'd like on the new guide, IS 101 Tips. As you can see, IS 101 Tips explains how to access the library's resources on its "How To" pages, something this guide sort of does in a super-basic way. It seemed unnecessary. I am happy to add other things to the new "Orange Excel" page on the IS 101 Tips guide--I included a link to the Wartburg History guide, and I can include the links about Transitioning to College if you want them.

At this time, 8/24/16, I am unable to delete any of the links on the IS 101 Team My.Wartburg page, so I can't just change the words there.



Library hours?

Note that these dates were for 2015 and will be updated as decisions for 2016 are confirmed:

Vogel Library is open for Orange EXCELeration:

Friday, August 28:

8:00 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 29:


Sunday, August 30:

2:00 p.m. -- 8:00 p.m.

Monday, August 31:

8:00 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 1:

8:00 a.m. -- 4:30p.m.

(Library is closed for Convocation, 10:00 – 1:00)

Try something new!


You have your own ways to find information.  But now you are at Wartburg, and you can explore the many databases and materials provided by Vogel Library.

Take a look at some of the credible and high-quality resources a college library can provide.  This guide will steer you toward them.

Getting started...

Questions to ask?

Since your group has already met, you should have chosen a question to investigate. It will be some aspect of the larger "big" issue that your group selected. For many instructors you will be asked to focus on: how your issue impacts college students.      [If you have a different topic, think of your own appropriate questions to investigate.]

  • What understanding and attitudes about this issue do students bring with them to college?
  • What is the scope of this issue on most U.S. college campuses?
  • How does your issue relate to community norms or to the standards of a typical college campus?
  • Can you provide examples or evidence to support your ideas?

Information needed? Stop and think...

The types of information you are seeking will affect where you look. Would you like to find newspaper articles? Websites about colleges and their students? Organizations that specialize in issues relating to college? Books about adjusting to campus life?

What's your standard practice when you need credible research to prove or disprove your assumptions?

  • Checking Wikipedia?
  • Finding relevant websites or online articles via Google or other search engines?
  • Looking for You Tube clips or graphics to enhance your point?
  • Searching library catalogs? Maybe even using library-provided resources?
  • Exploring subscription databases that lead to articles in magazines or journals?
  • Combining all of the above and more to answer your questions?

Now take a look at the "Find Info for Your Assignment" tab.

Ask A Librarian

Librarians are always ready to help with this assignment and others:

Walk up.  Come to the 2nd floor library Service Desk.

Phone.  Call 319-352-8500 to talk directly to someone.

Email.  Use the "Ask A Librarian" orange button on the library homepage.

Chat.  Use the BLUE chat link if it says "Chat with Us! " on the library homepage.

Text.  The number is on the library's home page.

Consult by appointment.  Set up an individual meeting: left side, library homepage.