The College's Libraries strive to collaborate with faculty of every discipline to teach students research, information, and digital literacy skills. Librarians work closely with the faculty member to develop a special lecture that focuses on the type of research and content specific to each course. Librarians can also create web based library research guides and help instruct students in other tools (iMovie/Moviemaker, Wordpress/Blogger, Google Apps, Prezi, etc.) that specifically incorporate library resources related to your course. By having a librarian deliver a special lecture for your curriculum, the librarian can assist you by helping your students:
- Develop compelling research questions
- Identify contextually appropriate tools and resources to answer research questions
- Employ effective and efficient search strategies to find a range of appropriate information sources
- Critically evaluate information according to discipline specific parameters of authority
- Use information ethically, avoiding plagiarism and respecting the intellectual property of others
- Contribute to ongoing scholarly conversation by producing new information content and building on previous scholarly efforts
Many faculty members report receiving better research papers from their students following library instruction sessions.