Research Skills for the First Year

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Research Skills for the First Year

  1. 1. Beth Rohloff<br />Coordinator of First Year<br /> Library Instruction<br />Tisch Library @ Tufts University<br />Research Skills for the First Year<br />
  2. 2. Freshmen Firsts<br /><ul><li>First encounters with the library
  3. 3. First Year Writing Program
  4. 4. First college research paper
  5. 5. First year research skills</li></li></ul><li>First Year Writing Program & Library Instruction<br />Two semesters of college writing required for graduation: English 1 and English 2<br />Research paper is required assignment in both courses<br />About 80% of fall English 1 classes and 60% of spring English 2 classes participate in a one-shot library instruction session<br />
  6. 6. First Year Student Syllabus Study at NCSU<br />Survey of Tufts Eng 1 Research Paper Assignments<br />Assignment theme varies; common to allow students to choose their own topic<br />Average of 5-6 sources required for a 7 page paper<br />Rarely require or mention use of reference books<br />All require articles from journals, magazines, or newspapers<br />Less than 20% of assignments surveyed specifically require a book source<br />Limit use of websites by requiring certain number of print resources<br />Research Paper<br />Figure 6. Oakleaf, M., & Owen, P. (2010). Closing the 12-13 Gap Together: School and College Libraries Supporting 21st Century Learnears.” Teacher Librarian 37(4): 52-58.<br />
  7. 7. Learning Outcomes & Challenges<br />Being Aware of What Resources are Available<br />Thinking Critically about the Research Process: Aware of available collections spanning print, electronic, and digital media formats.<br />Searching and Retrieval Skills: Understands there are different databases available for different purposes/subjects, and that all databases do not provide the same depth of content<br />Challenges in Meeting Learning Outcomes<br />
  8. 8. Learning Outcomes & Challenges<br />Searching & Retrieval Skills<br />Constructing an effective search strategy for database and catalog searching.<br />Understands how to follow the trail from citations to full text retrieval.<br />Challenges in Meeting Learning Outcomes<br />
  9. 9. Learning Outcomes & Challenges<br />Resource Evaluation Skills<br />Evaluates sources for reliability, accuracy, authority, timeliness, point of view, etc.<br />Selects resources that meet requirements and best support a topic or argument.<br />Challenges in Meeting Learning Outcomes<br />
  10. 10. So what should students have in their “backpacks”?<br />Knowledge of what librarians do and how we can help them achieve academic success<br />Research concepts not tools<br />Respect for authority<br />
  11. 11. Questions?<br />Beth Rohloff<br />Coordinator of First Year Library Instruction<br />Tisch Library @ Tufts University<br />beth.rohloff@tufts.edu<br />617-627-6207<br />

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