TRANSITIONINGTO COLLEGEThe Top Five Things StudentsNeed to Know to SucceedMissouri School Boards’ Association Conference,S...
DIGITAL NATIVES Incoming   college freshmen are Tech savvy Adept at using the Internet for social  purposes Incoming  ...
TOP FIVE THINGS COLLEGEFRESHMEN NEED TO KNOW1.   The information cycle2.   What is a scholarly source? When (and     why) ...
1. THE INFORMATION CYCLE                           4
2. WHAT’S A SCHOLARLY SOURCE?  Journals  Scholarly databases  Scholarly books  Reference sources    Why do students n...
USING SCHOLARLY SOURCES FORCOLLEGE LEVEL RESEARCH   Sample research assignments:     My  professor told me to find three...
3. WHY NOT GOOGLE?  Everything’s        online, right?     (The Criminal Minds Effect)     So why does Google ask me to...
4. EFFECTIVE SEARCHING Using library databases and catalogs, users can: Narrow and focus their searches Instantly access...
5. LIBRARIANS AND MEDIASPECIALISTS CAN HELP!    58% of students “not sure” whether library offers     access to online da...
RESEARCH SUGGESTS….   Library use increases academic performance     Goodin  (1991) found that high school students who ...
THE “SO WHAT?” FACTOR Why   is this important in college?  Time management and stress reduction  Better papers and assi...
REFERENCE LIST   DeRosa, Cathy, Joanne Cantrell, Janet Hawk, & Alane    Wilson. 2006. College Students’Perceptions of Lib...
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Transitioning to College: The Top Five Things Students Need to Know to Succeed

  1. 1. TRANSITIONINGTO COLLEGEThe Top Five Things StudentsNeed to Know to SucceedMissouri School Boards’ Association Conference,Sept. 28, 2012Ngaire Smith, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Missouri StateUniversity Librariesngairesmith@missouristate.edu
  2. 2. DIGITAL NATIVES Incoming college freshmen are Tech savvy Adept at using the Internet for social purposes Incoming college freshmen lack Skillsin finding and using scholarly information Familiarity with libraries as 2 information sources
  3. 3. TOP FIVE THINGS COLLEGEFRESHMEN NEED TO KNOW1. The information cycle2. What is a scholarly source? When (and why) should I use one?3. Why not Google?4. How do I find information efficiently and effectively?5. Who can help me when I run into problems? 3
  4. 4. 1. THE INFORMATION CYCLE 4
  5. 5. 2. WHAT’S A SCHOLARLY SOURCE?  Journals  Scholarly databases  Scholarly books  Reference sources  Why do students need to know this? 5
  6. 6. USING SCHOLARLY SOURCES FORCOLLEGE LEVEL RESEARCH Sample research assignments:  My professor told me to find three peer reviewed articles on the effects of chronic wasting disease on deer populations in Missouri. How do I find them?  Where would I find the 10K report for Dell Inc.? I need five original research articles on nutrition and kidney disease for my dietetics class. Where should I look? 6
  7. 7. 3. WHY NOT GOOGLE?  Everything’s online, right?  (The Criminal Minds Effect)  So why does Google ask me to pay for articles?  Theauthority problem: who wrote this? Do they know what they are writing about?  Many scholarly sources are unavailable through Google 7
  8. 8. 4. EFFECTIVE SEARCHING Using library databases and catalogs, users can: Narrow and focus their searches Instantly access scholarly sources Find other sources in the bibliography Save time and frustration 8
  9. 9. 5. LIBRARIANS AND MEDIASPECIALISTS CAN HELP!  58% of students “not sure” whether library offers access to online databases (De Rosa et al. 2006)!  Morenet  Librarians and media specialists can:  Point students towards high quality sources they may not know about  Teach students efficient and effective search techniques  Guide students towards self-sufficiency 9
  10. 10. RESEARCH SUGGESTS…. Library use increases academic performance  Goodin (1991) found that high school students who received library instruction at an academic library:  Produced work that was acceptable at the college level Library use improves student retention  Haddow and Joseph (2010) found that students who used the library in their first semester were more likely to stay in college Information literacy skills smooth the transition to college 10
  11. 11. THE “SO WHAT?” FACTOR Why is this important in college?  Time management and stress reduction  Better papers and assignments  Good grades  Good job! Why is this important in the long run?  Keeping up with your field  Researching life’s challenges  Participating in democracy 11
  12. 12. REFERENCE LIST DeRosa, Cathy, Joanne Cantrell, Janet Hawk, & Alane Wilson. 2006. College Students’Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC. Goodin, M. Elspeth. 1991. “The Transferability of Library Research Skills from High School to College.” School Library Media Quarterly. 20 (1): 33-42. Haddow, Gaby, and Jayanthi Joseph. 2010. “Loans, Logins, and Lasting the Course: Academic Library Use and Student Retention.” Australian Academic and Research Libraries, 41 (4): 233-244. 12

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