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"thumb through" = look casually at

"I thumbed through a number of books related to my research topic, but I didn't find what I needed."

"bite off more than you can chew" = try to do more than you can accomplish

"I think you've bit off more than you can chew in this case. Trying to write a research paper on the history of civilization in one week is really impossible."

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Taped Library Tour
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
Write down as many different types of resources and services you can find at a library (e.g., magazines, copy service, etc.). If you had to write a research paper on African lions, what steps would you take to find information at the library (without using the Internet)?

HELPFUL TIP: More and more Websites contain online books, magazines, and newspapers to assist in your research, and this is particularly helpful when you live in an area without easy access to a library.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play" button of the audio type you want to hear, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Where would you go to check out books?
A. Level 1
B. Level 2
C. Level 3
D. Level 4

2. Where is the most likely place to find a book on learning to speak French?
A. Level 1
B. Level 2
C. Level 3
D. Level 4

3. Where would you find a January 1996 issue of Time Magazine?
A. Level 1
B. Level 2
C. Level 3
D. Level 4

4. How much would you have to pay in late fees if you had a book that was 45 days overdue?
A. $5.50
B. $11.00
C. $15.00
D. $22.50

5. When does the library close on Friday nights?
A. 8:30 PM
B. 9:00 PM
C. 9:30 PM
D. 10:00 PM

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3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

More and more students are using the Internet for conducting research versus going to the library. However, what are the advantages and disadvantages of both? For example, how can you verify the accuracy of information on the Internet? Then, discuss what two things could be added to your own school library to make it more accessible (useful) for international students?

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