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Professor Desi Roybal. Pop Up Books: Manipulating Life through Discovery and Ingenuity

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Katherine Hooker
SLC 110

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Overview of Pop Up Books InfoGuide

A pop-up Valentine, circa 1920, measuring 2" x 2 1/2". From Wikimedia Commons.This Guide will help you use the library to find the sources for papers and projects.

This seminar will look at movable/pop-up books and the cross-curricular nature of paper engineering as it relates to interactive images and problem solving which impact our world. For example, creative problem solving can be seen in the ubiquitous-- the brown paper bag. Advanced folding techniques have been manipulated to create a myriad of life changing products which continue to advance our civilization.
This InfoGuide will help you in understanding how to search for materials and how to find help if you need it at any time. Using a variety of different subjects, you will be able to research the following:
  • Paper Engineering
  • History of Moveable Books
  • Technology
  • Innovation           

A pop-up Valentine, circa 1920, measuring 2" x 2 1/2".

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Search the library catalog- WorldCat Local- here or on the Library homepage!

This amazing paper artist has been 'popping up' all over social media lately! To learn more, try searching WorldCat for sources on the subjects 'origami', 'kirigami', or 'paper toy making'. Also check out related YouTube videos for tutorials on how to make your own paper creations.

Video Tutorials/Reviews

Where to Find Scholarly Sources

The library has subscriptions to databases containing scholarly articles in many subject areas, and articles from popular magazines and newspapers.

Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database. It is one of many library subscription databases.

Tip: When you view a full record for an article, read the abstract, or summary, to quickly ascertain if it is relevant to your research. 

An electronic archive of scholarly journals from the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences. Each of the 624 titles is an essential or primary one for its field. The JSTOR database is unique because the complete backfiles of core scholarly journals (excluding the most recent five years) have been digitized, starting with the first issues, many of which date back to the 1800s.

Formerly Grove Art Online, the database contains articles from the Grove Dictionary of Art (editor Jane Turner, 1996: 34 vols.) on every aspect of the visual arts - painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography - from prehistory to the present day.

WorldCat Local has the ability to search for books, audiovisual materials, and journals as well as for articles in our most popular, multi-disciplinary databases (Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, and Project Muse).

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Recommended Internet Resources

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Pay particular attention to Authority!

Authority: the source of the information

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  • Are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?
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  • What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic?
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