In This Guide
This guide is designed to support faculty and mentors involved in SINQ. We want to help you to prepare students for successful college-level research!
On this page, we describe some of the services we can offer to faculty and mentors to support student learning about research. The subsequent pages contain tutorials and suggested activities and assessments that you can use with your students. Many of them can either be offered during class or can be assigned, making them flexible solutions for teaching these important skills.
We can also create a custom course guide with just the content you need; this guide is designed to give you ideas about what is possible.
The instructional content is separated into five categories:
Developing Your Topic - Decipering your assignment, choosing a workable topic that you're interested in, and brainstorming keywords
Searching - Best practices for searching library resources, determining where to search, and what to do when you have too few or too many results.
Evaluating Sources - Now that you have search results, how do you determine which will meet your needs and your professor's requirements?
Citing Sources - Using sources in your paper while avoiding plagiarism.
Learn About the Library - Learn what the library has to offer to help you be successful in your research.
How the Library Can Support You
The librarians look forward to partnering with you to ensure your students develop the research skills they need to be successful in college and in life! Here are just a few things we can do to help:
1. We can develop an online course guide for your class tailored to your students' assignment. The guide will contain recommended resources for your students as well as instructional content that you see on the other pages of this gude. In consultation with you, we'll learn what you plan to teach and can make the guide fit your specific needs. Click here to see an example of the sort of guide we can create for individual classes. Here is one from a SINQ from last year. With the new research tutorials we've created, we can include much more instructional content now.
2. We can help your students! When students would benefit from one-on-one help from a librarian you can suggest that they contact reference desk, which is available 24/7 (via instant messaging).
3. We can provide instruction to your class. Many of our instruction librarians and subject liaisons participate in SINQ instruction. When we teach a class, we tailor our instruction to your specific assignment and the specific needs of your students. Our library classrooms are set up with student laptops and is designed for active learning. A perfect time for us to visit is right around the time that the students have been given a research assignment. We want students to know that the librarians are here to help them if they need it. If your class is online, we can even teach a library instruction session via Elluminate. To schedule a class, contact Meredith Farkas (contact info to your right).
4. Your students can take a tour of the physical library. The library offers tours regularly twice per week that anyone can join and individual classes can also schedule tours.
5. We can help create lesson plans on specific research skills that you can use in the full class or mentor sessions. We can give you online tutorials and suggested activities or assignments that will help you determine whether students need additional support in areas like evaluating sources and searching library databases. This guide is full of those activities and learning objects.
If there are other ways you need help that aren't on this list, don't hesitate to contact us. Just contact Meredith Farkas (whose contact info is to your right).
Librarian for UNST
Office: 280C at the PSU Library