Guide for University Studies Instructors and Mentors  

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2014 URL: http://guides.library.pdx.edu/unstinstructors Print Guide

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What is this guide?

This guide is designed to support faculty and mentors in University Studies.

There is information is specifically for FRINQ and SINQ participants. The learning objects and activities on the other pages of this guide may be useful at any level.

We want to help you to prepare students for college-level research! This guide is not meant to be used with students, but to give you a sense of what we can put into a custom guide for your course. We encourage you to work with the librarian assigned to your theme to develop a plan for research instruction and a custom course guide that will provide tailored support.

The instructional content in this guide is separated into five categories:

Learn About the Library - Learn what the PSU Library has to help you be successful in your research.

Developing Your Topic - Decipering your assignment; choosing a workable topic that you are 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 what will meet your needs and your professor's requirements in your assignment?

Citing Sources - Using sources in your paper while avoiding plagiarism.

 

Library Support for FRINQs

For each FRINQ, there is a librarian assigned to the class who will work with you to support you in developing students' research skills:

Design and Society 
Stephen Fadel, sfadel@pdx.edux5-4577

Globalization 
Art Hendricks, arthur.hendricks@pdx.edu, x5-5879

Life Unlimited 
Elizabeth Pickard epickard@pdx.edu and x5-4503

Portland 
Bob Schroeder, schroedr@pdx.edu, x5-4519 

Race and Social Justice  
Kim Willson-St. Clair, willsons@pdx.edu, x5-4552

Sustainability 
Stephen Fadel, sfadel@pdx.edu, x5-4577

Ways of Knowing 
Kim Willson-St. Clair, willsons@pdx.edu, x5-4552

Work of Art 
Stephen Fadel, sfadel@pdx.edu, x5-4577

Power & Imagination 
Bob Schroeder, schroedr@pdx.edu, x5-4519 

Human Nature
Kim Willson-St. Clair, willsons@pdx.edu, x5-4552

Here are a few ways your librarian can help:

  • 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. In consultation with you, we will learn what you plan to teach and can make the guide fit your specific needs. Click here for an example of a guide.

  • Visit the Library to learn research skills or visit your class room for a brief introduction about the PSU Library. When students have a research assignment, you can schedule a class at the Library with us for a full class session. When we teach, 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 are designed for active learning. Also, you can ask us to visit your class room to introduce ourselves and give a brief overview of how the library can support students with their research (15 to 20 minutes). 

  • We can help create lesson plans on specific research skills that you can use during your class time or mentor sessions. We can share online tutorials and suggest activities or assignments that will help you determine whether students need additional support in areas like evaluating sources and searching library databases.

  • FRINQ students can Ask a Librarian 24/7.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Ask a Librarian

 

Library Support for SINQs, Clusters, and Capstones

The librarians look forward to partnering with you to ensure that your students develop the research skills they need to be successful in college and after graduation as lifelong learners. 

To find out who the liaison librarian is for your SINQ, look at our list of librarians by subject.

Here are ways we can help:

  • 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. In consultation with you, we will learn what you plan to teach and will make a guide to fit your specific needs. Click here for an example of a guide.

  • Students benefit from one-on-one help with a librarian, you can suggest that they Ask a Librarian.

  • Provide instruction to your class. When we teach a class, we tailor our instruction to your specific assignment and the specific research skills that your students will need to successfully complete the assignment. Our library classrooms are set up with student laptops and are designed for active learning. When the students have been given a research assignment, this is the perfect time for a library class. We want students to know that the librarians are here to help them with their research. If your class is online, we offer synchronous instruction. To schedule a class, please use this form for library instruction requests.

  • Create lesson plans on specific research skills that you can use in your class or the mentor sessions. We can develope online tutorials and suggest activities or assignments that will help you determine whether students need additional support in areas like evaluating sources and searching library databases. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Willson-St. Clair, willsons@pdx.edu, x5-4552.