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Academic English

“Library Tour”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate tape recording man 01:22

Pre-Listening Exercise

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)?


“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.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

What online libraries and resources have you used instead of visiting a library at your school or in the local community?

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