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Friday, November 2, 2012

9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

WR 121 Blair *lt

Actual instruction could be 80, but if possible I would like to let
the students, while information is fresh, work on research.
Do you need time to discuss non-library matters with your class on the day of
library instruction? No
If yes please specify:
Assignment description and sample topics: I expect an array of topics. In
the past, I have provided a list of students chosen topics for the Librarian
prior to the Library instruction. The students will have been instructed to
bring a well developed draft of their essays to the library. The assignment
is a very straight forward Informative Essay. What is most helpful at this
stage, is for students to, in addition to finding good information, being
able to connect that information in a way that focuses the essay.
Students will be able to (check all that apply):
- Develop a search strategy based on their research topics (15 minutes)
- Perform an efficient search of the library catalog for books and other
materials (15 minutes)
- Differentiate between scholarly journals and magazines (15 minutes)
- Construct a query for journal, magazine, or newspaper articles and
evaluate best choices in the results list (25 minutes)
Other notes: In the past, the librarian prepared an handout that included
exercises for the students to do after having received information. This was
a nice success, and if you like, I can bring in a copy of the handout. It is
very beneficial when they physically put to use the information provided
about researching. Additional information that is handy is about contacting
a librarian when they are at home as well as when at school, and MLA
documentation, including where to access answers and the "magic" button that
will format for them. Thanks

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