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Research LibGuidesOur goal Began using in 2009 LibGuides for each academic department Course-specific guides New student and faculty guides Special topic guidesBenefits Highlight library resources and credible websites Incorporate visuals, media, RSS feeds, and tutorials Help patrons become power searchers Librarians’ contact info for additional help Quick updates of contents Track feedback and usage – guide, page & link level guides.monmouth.edu 2
LibGuides as an Instructional Tool Email students link to LibGuide prior to class and link to Course Management System Students use LibGuide during instructional session Work through each page of guide Demonstrate key sources Hands-on practice searching Review citation formats Student feedback on LibGuide Revisions to guides – adding sources Continued use of LibGuides after instructional session 3
Guides: Before and After Old Handout New LibGuide 4
Course-Specific LibGuide Fall 2012 Guide Hits HE420: Principles of 350 327 Health Education 300 300 Instruction 3rd week Sept 250 52 students 200 163 Assignment: research 150 paper on promoting a 100 health topic to a target 50 24 audience and a lesson plan 0 Sept Oct Nov Dec 5
HE Course Link Clicks Usage by LibGuide Pages Top LibGuide Links Accessed Cinahl Books 15% PBS Teachers- Health & Fitness Citations Databases 8% ERIC 28% CDC Health Topics Health Source: Nursing Govt & Medline Orgs 18% Hot Chalk Lesson Plans Home 31% Healthfinder.gov 6
Types of Boxes Used in LibGuide Rich text – text and pictures Links – simple web links, links & lists Multimedia – RSS, books from catalog, tutorial User Feedback Google boxes System Content – links to guides, user profilehttp://guides.monmouth.edu/HE435 7
Have the Guides Been Used? Yes!100008000 6000 4000 2000 0 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 2009 2010 2011 2012 8
Most Popular Guides - 2011 IT100/102/150 (course) 2764 hits Social Work Research Methods (course) 1781 Nursing & Health Studies 1557 Archives 1526 Education & Motivating Nursing Clients (course) 1406 US Government 1276 Promoting Health in Communities (course) 1090 Principles of Health Education (course) 1081 Education 1004 American History 886 English 102 Contact Zone (course) 917 9
Student FeedbackThis information is helpful, because now I am better equipped to navigate through the research without spending more time trying to get to the source in the area of social work. Thanks for everyones help.This page is awesome! It makes researching so much easier.Little to my knowledge did I know that the Monmouth University library website held so many useful resources to become a successful English major. After watching the video on annotated bibliographies, I can now say that the library website has everything. 10
Faculty FeedbackGreat piece of work! I will make this available to my studentsimmediately. I think this is a rather unique tool as I dont have any othersource that duplicates it and it makes the library interface much moreuser friendly.I have just visited the link and it is truly superb. In fact, it is so thorough,that I have decided to raise my grading standards for the research papers Iassign to my students. There is really no reason for them to attempt tocite Wikipedia.com now that you have made this excellent research toolavailable to them.The web site is an excellent source for the students. Thank you for takingthe initiative and designing it for us. 11
Feedback from Guides Solicit feedback at the end of instructional session Feedback goes to author of guide Some include comments or recommendations for additional sourcesFeedback – 185 responsesWas this information helpful? – Yes 98% No 2%How useful was this page? 1 (low)- 5 (high) avg 4.8 12
Next Steps Promote LibGuides Newsletter, targeted emails Word-of-mouth promotion Create customized guides for classes or assignments Embed LibGuides into course management system Assessment Level of usage of guides Impact on students’ quality of work 13
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