Librarians are available to give guest lectures on research strategies and library sources. We are eager help you achieve your learning outcomes for your students. Librarians also teach a one-credit information literacy course (ESF 200) each semester, in person and online.
ESF 200: Information Literacy is required for many majors. This one-credit course is offered during the first five weeks of the Fall and Spring semesters. Online sections are also available, including during the summer. This course helps students gain confidence in looking for various types of information, understand information seeking processes, critically analyze sources of information, and feel comfortable seeking guidance from experts such as librarians, researchers, and professionals. Some topics covered include: selecting and developing a topic, library catalog and database searching, citation management, scholarly communication, publication cycles, and evaluating sources.
This course meets college learning outcomes in the following ways:
Contact a librarian to visit your class or work with you on developing content for your course. We appreciate meeting with you before the class to develop our lesson plan and tailor our visit to best meet your students' needs. Examples of topics we have covered include:
Faculty report students, and students self-report, as having difficulty getting started with research assignments and defining topics. The focus essay assignment, coupled with the research log, is intended to assist students to develop appropriate questions that can be investigated through engagements with scholarly literature. This assignment can be used as a first step in a sequenced set of assignments culminating in an academic paper or another kind of project, or as a stand-alone exercise.
Emphasis is placed on exploring the scholarly conversation around a topic and developing the appropriate pool of research on a topic. Rather than connecting "pearls on a string" students will:
The focus essay will demonstrate the search terms that were used, the databases searched, the types of resources found, how the student modified their search, an evaluation of their results, and how the student's topic may have changed as a result. Students will be exposed to how to read a scholarly article in the course of this exercise.