How Do I?

Where is the library?

Moye Library is located between Henderson Hall and W. Burkette and Rose M. Raper Hall (See 17 and 18 on the campus map).  From Henderson Street, turn onto Bert Martin Road and then onto Herring Drive.  At the stop sign, turn right and this will lead you to the parking lot adjacent to the library.

Who may use the library?

While current students and staff members have full use of all library resources, we also welcome the general public to take advantage of the print resources we have available.  Upon approval, a local patron over the age of 18 and out of high school may obtain a borrower's card for $5 which is good for one year.  Please see our Policies and Services page for more information on all the rights and restrictions of our library patrons.

How do I check out a book, get a library card, or pay a fine?

You can go to either the circulation or reference desk on the first floor of the library to check out books, pay library fines or get a library card.  Students will use their student id as their library card.  Students and University of Mount Olive staff members at other locations may search the online catalog and email or call in requests (see below).

Where can I look up books and other print materials?

You can look up print and non-print materials the library owns by searching Moye Library's online catalog.

How do I request interlibrary loans?

Please see our Interlibrary Loan Services page for everything you need to know about interlibrary loans.

Can I have library materials delivered to my location?

University of Mount Olive no longer has a courier service.  Students and staff members at other locations may request materials by contacting a library staff member by e-mail or phone.  Please have title and call number information ready when sending the requests.  Materials will be delivered via the United States Postal Service.  Students and Staff will be responsible for returning all materials.

Are there any study groups at the library?

The library is furnished with several tables throughout the building as well as a study room on the second floor and a lounge on the first floor.

Where is the elevator located?

The elevator to the second floor of the library is located in the lobby of the Communications building.

How do I start my research?

The steps below will help you complete your paper or assignment. Ask a librarian for help at any point in the process. A librarian is at the reference desk any hour the library is open. You can also log onto NCKnows from our web page or the opening page of NCLive. There you can instant message with a librarian 24 hours a day.
  1. Choose a topic. Get ideas from your class discussions and lectures, reading assignments, your interests or life experiences. Get background information from your textbook, a general encyclopedia or a special encyclopedia.
  2. Create a search strategy. Formulate a research question or thesis statement about the topic you want to research. Identify the main ideas in your question or statement. Think of other terms or synonyms. Use those terms with the terms and, or or not to focus in on what you need to find. And connects words that are different, or connects synonyms and not rejects words or concepts. For more information, use our Boolean Searching Guide.
  3. Find information. Search the Online Public Access Catalog for books from our library. Use NCLive, especially EbscoHost and NetLibrary to find articles and electronic books on your topic. Choose appropriate databases for your topic.
  4. Evaluate the information. Consider if the material is accurate and correct, if the author is expert and trustworthy, if the audience it is written for is appropriate, if it is objectively written and if it is current or too old. Use our guide on Evaluating Web Site Content if you go to the general Web for information.
  5. Cite your sources. Collect the information necessary to cite your sources when you get to the point of writing your paper. 

How Do I create thesis statements?

A thesis statement is an important part of academic writing.  Essentially, it tells what you want your readers to know, believe or understand after they have read your research paper.  It is usually one and no more than two sentences long.  It usually is at the end of your first paragraph.  A thesis statement is focused and specific enough to be proven in the text of your paper.

A variety of sites show you how to compose a thesis statement.  Try one of these to become familiar with the process of writing one.

  • Developing a thesis statement  (Created by the Writing Center of the University of Wisconsin)

    Broken into several areas: Explains what a thesis statement is. Covers identifying a topic, deriving main points from a topic, composing a draft thesis statment, refining and polishing it, and completing it.

  • Tips and examples for writing thesis statements  (Created by Purdue University Writing Center)

    Provides essential information on creating a thesis statement.

  • Thesis statements  (Created by the University of North Carolina Writing Center)

    Defines what a thesis statement is, how it works in your writing, and how you can discover or refine one for your draft.

  • How to write a thesis statement (Created by Indiana University at Bloomington's Writing Tutorial Services)

    Explains why a thesis statement is needed.  Tells how to generate a thesis statement when a topic is or is not assigned and how to tell a strong thesis statement from a weak one.

  • Thesis statement (Created at Saint Cloud State University)

    Defines what a thesis statement is.

  • The Thesis statement (Created by the University of Richmond Writing Center)

    Defines what a thesis statement is, how it can suggest order or direction for paper development and provides examples of weak and strong thesis statements.

  • Tips and examples for writing thesis statements (Created by Yale University)

    Provides suggestions on how to write a thesis statement and examples of good statements.

  • Thesis statements: how to write them (Created at Seton Hill University by Dennis G. Jerz)

    Defines and outlines thesis statements.  Provides a formula for writing them and shows the various parts of thesis statements.

Where can I get more help?

 If you need additional help finding sources or doing your research, you may contact Susan Ryberg, the Reference/Extended Services librarian by e-mail or by phone at 919-658-4912.

How do I evaluate websites?

Using the Internet can simplify and speed research, but users should be aware of the flaws of this electronic medium. The information explosion on the Web creates a field of thousands of useful new reference sources and vast opportunities to communicate directly with individuals and groups throughout the world.
Everyone needs to exercise caution when using the Internet for research purposes. Because people, groups and companies can self-publish information, with virtually no editorial or regulatory controls applied to what they publish, the Internet contains some sites with inaccurate, out-of-date or false information.
Here is a list of criteria to consider when you evaluate information found on the Internet: 
  • Authority:     Who sponsors the site? What are the goals/values of the person/organization? Is an e-mail address or mail to link offered for submission of questions or comments? What are the credentials of the individual or group who created the website? The sponsor or location of the site should be appropriate to the content by the top-level domain in the URL. For example: .edu for educational or research materials, .gov for government resources, .com for commercial products or commercially sponsored sites, .org for organizations with a special interest in some topic.   ~NAME in the URL may mean a personal home page with no official sanction. 
  • Currency: Is the content up-to-date? Is the latest revision date posted somewhere on the page?  Is the update current?
  • Purpose: What is the site’s purpose? Does the information appear unbiased, or does it show a clear agenda or bias? Is the information there to inform, explain, persuade, entertain, or advertise a product?
  • Documentation:  The source of information should be stated at the site, whether original or borrowed from another source. Does the website provide well-documented information? Are articles signed or attributed? Is content verifiable? Are working links to other site links provided?

How do I cite?

Check out this webpage provided by the University of California at Berkeley Library.  They have printable MLA, APA, Turabian and Chicago style guides and information on plagiarism. University of Mount Olive's Research & Citation Tools page also has a lot of resources you may use. You can also visit Moye Library for books to assist you with your citing needs. 

How do I create an annotated bibliography?

If you are assigned an annotated bibliography, your instructor will be reviewing not only your collection of resources, but also your knowledge and analysis of those resources.  Use the websites below to learn about the different types of annotations and to see examples of annotated bibliography entries.

  • Annotated Bibliography Tutorial (Created by Cornell University)

    This tutorial discusses the difference between an abstract and an annotation and also includes suggestions for what topics to include in the annotation.

  • Annotated Bibliography (Created by the Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

    This handout includes a detailed analysis of the different types of annotated bibliographies complete with suggestions for writing style.  Included in the handout are links to tutorials on citing in various style formats.  One of the most helpful sections of the handout is the listing of the elements that should be included in an acceptable annotation.

  • Annotated Bibliographies (Created by the Kansas University Writing Center)

    Although concise, this guide is helpful in showing the differences between descriptive and evaluative annotations.

  • Annotated Bibliographies (Created by The Writing Center, The University of Wisconsin-Madison)

    When deciding on which kind of annotation you are going to write, this website will be helpful.  See the chart on the content of each type of annotation.