Do your students need help with library and online research? Bring them to the library for a research instruction session. Contact Genevieve Williams, Undergraduate Research Librarian, at 535-7443, or submit a library instruction request form.
Topics covered can include:
- Defining and refining a research topic
- Primary, secondary, and tertiary sources, and when to use each
- Scholarly and non-scholarly periodical literature
- Authoritative reference sources
- Avoiding plagiarism
- Source citation
- The library catalog
- Accessing course reserves
- Using subscription databases and periodical indexes for research
- Getting the most out of Google Scholar
- Interlibrary Loan
- Evaluating information
Other services provided by the library instruction team include:
- Reference and research consultation for you and your students
- Assistance integrating library research into projects and assignments
- Assignment alert
What makes a good library research assignment?
A good library research assignment:
- Is incorporated into a larger context, such as a paper or project, that makes the research relevant.
- Uses currently available resources within the library.
- Is tailored to students’ level of experience and to the course’s subject matter, pedagogy, and curriculum.
- Makes use of particular subject-specific indexes, article databases, and reference sources available in the library.
- Encourages student engagement with research materials through a research-specific component such as an annotated bibliography.