What do students really do when they write research papers?
Excerpts Retrospective Interviews “ And from there, I just kind of poked around and it’s pretty simple to get the general understanding of how it works. Just trial and error and using what I already know about internet searches.“ Interviewer: “Was that the instructor who ran [the session]?” Student: “About how to research …? No, it was, I don’t even know who it was, just someone who works in the library."
Students . . .
Worked on papers in chunks, with days or weeks in between
Asked family and friends for help choosing a topic or editing their papers
Use Google, but not only Google
Did evaluate resources – just not all the ways that librarians recommend
Didn’t remember who gave their library session
Something you couldn’t live without
Your favorite place to study
What do you always
carry with you?
Are on the go for hours at a time
Do more than just attend classes
Eat quick meals, at odd times, sometimes just snacking wherever they are
Carry their belongings with them
Use technology everywhere
Peek study time 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
“ To participate, you must :
Be an undergraduate
Working on a paper that requires you to find books and/or articles
Working on a project that requires you to find data”
Late Night @ Student Union
No problem finding materials for their papers
Some problems organizing and writing the papers
Knew about the college writing center
Ask professors and TA’s for help
Perception: Librarians = Print
All expect to do well
Late Night Dorm Visits
Renovation: New Student Space
Collaborative study spaces (designs)
Power and data (designs)
Importance of food (designs & diaries)
Comfortable seating (photos & diaries)
Lots of big tables (designs)
Large bay windows “ This is awesome! I think I may live here.”
8 group study rooms
First come, first served
“ This is the new facebook “
“ I love Gleason. Love. ”
“ OMG, a whiteboard!"
“ This is really awesome! The new hotspot on campus .”