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Library Anxiety: Synthesis

Library anxiety is a real phenomenon that can hurt your ability to complete your coursework and do library research. This guide talks about what library anxiety is and about some ways to overcome it.


5.1 Organize information from multiple sources

Decide how you will put together the notes you took and ideas that you will add. You may:

  • Write a rough draft

  • Create an outline

  • Create a storyboard

  • Make a sketch

  • _______________ (any ideas?)

5.2 Present the information 

If your teacher assigns the product:

  • Make sure that you follow your teacher’s guidelines.

  • Add value to the product by including your ideas along with the information you found in books, web sites, and other sources. Make sure that your final product or paper is more than just a summary of what you found in the other sources.

  • Make a product or write a paper that you would be proud for anyone to read.

  • Include a bibliography. This is an alphabetized list of your sources. See the citation page for help. 

If you get to choose your final product:

  • Decide which product will best suit your subject. You may give an oral presentation using PowerPoint or write a paper. You may make a video or audiotape. Use technology if it is the best way to show the results of your information.

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