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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Library instruction for WR 121 / Ergenbright (RS)

Instructor name: Erin Ergenbright
Students refer to me as: Erin
Instructor e-mail: erin.ergenbright@pcc.edu
Instructor phone: 503 320 3123
Class location: Rock Creek
Preferred contact: e-mail
Course subject: Writing - WR
Course number: 121
Course CRN: 44035
Number of Students: 27
ADA provisions needed: no
Preferred Date: 2013-11-12
Preferred Time: 8:45 am
Alternate Date: 2013-11-14
Alternate Time: 8:45 am
Duration: 60Minutes
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:
This is a personal researched inquiry essay--a research paper with an "I"
voice that comes out of something important/interesting to the writer. A
sample paper could be about recycling:

I grew up in L.A. in the 70s, and my mom was a hard-core recycler--this was
back when you had to work to recycle--to use the can opener to remove the
lids and bottoms of tin cans, remove the paper, and flatten them. And I
learned well--I am now a recycling Nazi--and regularly rescue cans, paper,
and plastic bottles from the trash in my classroom and at the restaurant I
work brunch in. I glower as I remove the lids from plastic bottles in the
recycling, as they're a different kind of plastic, and can't be recycled.
But am I fooling myself, feeling so virtuous about my recycling? How much of
what we toss in the bins actually gets recycled? And what happens when the
"wrong" kind of plastic gets mixed in?

(This is my very rough draft of a beginning--I'm asking the students to use
something in their own life as a place of departure for their research.)

Upload class assignment and other relevant documents:
Personal Researched Inquiry Essay F13.doc:

What are your learning outcomes for this session?
Develop a search strategy based on their research topic
Perform an efficient search of the library catalog for books and other
Differentiate between scholarly journals and magazines
Construct a query for journal, magazine, or newspaper articles and evaluate
best choices in the results list

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