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Author Topic: Funny Reference Questions students Have asked  (Read 17736 times)
rebeccaleone123
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« on: December 11, 2012, 1:28:05 PM »

On the Balancing Work and Life list for professors, they started a funny thread about questions non-academics ask them when professors tell them what their job is.   I thought we could do the old, funny questions that students ask reference librarians.

Here's one to get us started:  Student walks to the reference desk and asks if we have books.
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yellowtractor
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2012, 10:49:45 PM »

Well, DO you?
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2012, 2:48:52 PM »

How can I get a journal article?
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2012, 2:15:14 PM »

Yay, xtranormal is back! Thanks, Miss_Jane_Marple, that was a hoot.
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2012, 9:24:31 PM »

There's a similar topic on Librarything.com!
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2013, 10:05:09 AM »

The Sunday before Thanksgiving week, a student came to the desk and asked if the University would be holding classes on Monday; he was concerned as no one seemed to be in town. I told him that the entire week was considered a University holiday and no classes were going to held. Then he asked, "What the hell am I doing here?" That, I couldn't answer.
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waryjack
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2013, 9:40:58 PM »

A couple stick with me:

Student: "Do you have books on, um, a chemical topic?"
Me: "We have chemistry books; can I help you find a certain topic?"
Student: "No, not really. Just something chemical. You know."

Student: "Do you have any books on really obscure millionaires?"
Me: "...I don't know."       

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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2013, 4:51:35 PM »

Can you tell me where to find some books on Youth In Asia (euthanasia)?

What country is euthanasia located in?  China or Japan?
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