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Research & Writing in the Library: Helping with the Scholarly Conversation: Library & Librarians: Who We Are, What We Do

Student Library/Research Experience, Misconceptions, and Studies

Some Highlights

  • Many steps in the research process that influence and affect the written product are the most difficult for students: 1) getting started 2) picking a topic 3) narrowing a topic 4) knowing where to search
  • Students need more context for how and why assignments and research are given and how they fit in with the goals of a class/are important for a discipline
  • Need more guidance and explanation of what is expected in terms of research and how it will be evaluated
  • Very few actually consult a librarian for help
  • Despite best efforts very few deviate from the few search tools they are familiar with when the reach college - Google, friends/instructors, a few databases

3 Facets of the Library

  • Place
  • Collections
  • Expertise

A few examples of ways we participate in teaching and learning:

  • Stay abreast of the academic information environment and work with departments and programs to integrate information literacy into the curriculum.
  • Take stock of students' understanding of research concepts and tools before an instruction session to deliver a more customized  experience.
  • Create LibGuides to support a course or program. 
  • Participate in reflective teaching and assessment activities to improve teaching and learning.
  • Provide support for students throughout the research process, from getting starting with an idea and to evaluating sources and more.