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These topics are generally useful for undergraduate students who are new to doing university-level research.

NOTE: All Library Instruction sessions should be connected to a specific assignment/paper/project.

 

Topic Content Time Requirements
Library Overview

Walk through highlights of the JMU Libraries website

Explain why/how to use research guides

20 minutes

Participants need to have devices (laptops/tablets)

This should be in combination with other content and NOT a standalone class visit

Finding Books (and other materials) Call number scavenger hunt 20 minutes

Class must meet in Carrier Library

Demystifying Databases

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Live walkthrough of a widely used database, like Academic Search Complete

30 minutes Participants need to have devices (laptops/tablets)
Finding Sources Keyword brainstorming 50 minutes

Participants need to have devices (laptops/tablets)

Students must already have chosen topics for the relevant assignment

Evaluating Sources

Worksheet

Live walkthrough

20 minutes Participants need to have devices (laptops/tablets)
Media and Digital Literacy Discuss media literacy tips and tricks 30 minutes Participants need to have devices (laptops/tablets)
Citing Sources Article decoding activity 20 minutes

Participants need to have devices (laptops/tablets)

This should be in combination with other content and NOT a standalone class visit

 

These topics are generally useful for upper-level undergraduate students.

NOTE: All Library Instruction sessions should be connected to a specific assignment/paper/project.

 

Topic Content Time Requirements
Specialty Databases Live walkthrough of databases that are likely to be unfamiliar to most participants 30 minutes

The relevant assignment calls for students to use resources beyond those that are common across GenEd or within their major (i.e., beyond Academic Search Complete, Comm & Mass Media Complete, JSTOR)

Participants need to have devices (laptops/tablets)

Introduction to BEAM Research Method

A way to evaluate sources based on their use

30 minutes Participants should bring examples of research assignments they've been given previously/for other classes
Finding Sources Cross-discipline keyword brainstorming 50 minutes

Participants need to have devices (laptops/tablets)

Students must already have chosen topics for the relevant assignment

Information in Context Information lifecycle timeline 30 minutes Participants need to have devices (laptops/tablets)
Media and Digital Literacy Discuss media literacy tips and tricks 30 minutes Participants need to have devices (laptops/tablets)

 

These topics are generally useful for graduate-level students.

 

Topic Content Time Requirements
Specialty Library Services Information about where to go for Interlibrary Loan, Data Management, Open Educational Resources, Instructional Design, and more 20 minutes Participants need to have devices (laptops/tablets)
Taking Control of Your Media and Information Consumption Walk through setting up a feed aggregator/RSS reader, such as Feedly 50 minutes Participants need to have devices (laptops/tablets)
Managing Sources Walk through RefWorks, Zotero 30 minutes Participants need to have devices (laptops/tablets)
Evaluating Sources Source justification activity (alternative to annotated bibliography) 30 minutes

Participants must be familiar with the BEAM Method -- see Intermediate

Participants should already be working with their sources

 

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