As the academic year commenced this August, students at Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU) were greeted not only with the promise of new knowledge but also with a comprehensive introduction to the rich array of library resources and facilities available to them. At the forefront of this initiative was the highly anticipated training program known as “Quezonian Search Tools: User Education Training on EBSCO and eJournal” colloquially referred to as QUEST.
On August 18, MLQU hosted its inaugural QUEST session, an event specifically designed to empower students with the skills and knowledge required to harness the full potential of the university’s extensive library resources. Centered around the utilization of cutting-edge search tools, the training aimed to equip students with the tools they need to excel in their academic pursuits and maximize their learning experience.
The central focus of this session was to familiarize students with the intricacies of EBSCO eBooks and eJournals, two of the most valuable resources accessible through the university’s library system. The training encompasses a wide range of topics, ranging from the basics of navigating these platforms to more advanced techniques, such as efficient downloading and saving of materials onto personal devices.
The QUEST training was not merely limited to the mechanics of resource access; it also delved into refining search strategies as well as helping students become adept at finding relevant and credible materials with ease. Given the ever-expanding sea of information available online, these skills are invaluable for students seeking to streamline their search process.
Citation and referencing, an often intricate aspect of academic work, also took center stage during the training. Attendees were guided through the process of proper citation, ensuring that they not only utilize the library’s resources effectively but also give credit where it is due in their own work.
The collaborative and interactive nature of the QUEST training allowed students to actively engage with the material and ask questions in real time. MLQU’s dedicated library staff, headed by Dr. Michelle Esteban, equipped with in-depth knowledge of the available resources, led the training, ensuring that attendees left with a clear understanding of how to navigate the digital library landscape.
The inaugural QUEST session exemplified MLQU’s commitment to providing holistic education that extends beyond the classroom walls. By equipping students with the skills to explore and utilize diverse sources of information, the university seeks to foster independent thinkers and adept researchers who are well prepared for the challenges of the modern academic world.
As the academic year progresses, MLQU’s library resources will undoubtedly continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the educational journey of its students. With the success of the first QUEST session, MLQU sets a promising precedent for future engagements that empower students to embrace learning in all its digital dimensions.