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  1. 1. Addressing Research Challenges in the Writing Center Grace Kaletski, Learning & Information Literacy Librarian
  2. 2. What do students ask you about research or information?
  3. 3. How do you decide when to refer writing center visitors to a librarian?
  4. 4. Refer students to a librarian when... You get a question about research or information that: - You aren’t sure how to answer - Takes more than 5-7 minutes for you to answer - You don’t have a better answer for them than “Google it!” A student makes a comment like: - I couldn’t find any sources on my topic - The library doesn’t have anything on my topic
  5. 5. Ask us anything “Where can I find recordings of songs written during the French Revolution?” “I need to make a list of large corporations in Volusia county” “How do I cite a family tree in Chicago style?” “Is the Yale Law Journal peer reviewed?” “I can’t find any refereed articles on bioluminescent trees” “Can you help me find statistics on how many people watched the US Open?” “Is the Internet Archive a reliable source?”
  6. 6. Meet your librarians Find out which librarian is on call during your tutoring shifts & meet that person Feel free to reach out to the on-call librarian during a tutoring session Take advantage of librarians on your own A list of all librarians & library staff is available here: https://www2.stetson.edu/library/about-us/librarians-staff/
  7. 7. Tips for confronting plagiarism Make the conversation about citations or sources Say “did you have any questions about formatting in-text citations?” or “what source did you use for this information?” instead of “You plagiarized!” Ensure they know where to get the appropriate style manual Go through the Plagiarism Checklist together Show them how easy it is to generate citations online Help them get in touch with a librarian, esp. if they don’t have sources Direct them to the Avoiding Plagiarism & Citing Sources Research Guides
  8. 8. Tips for helping evaluate information Credibility may vary depending on purpose of the source Try the CRAAP test A .org site is NOT automatically trustworthy Does it seem like fake or heavily biased news? Resources on the Evaluating & Fact- Checking Sources Research Guide can help you figure it out Can’t determine if a source is peer-reviewed or refereed? Look up the journal or periodical in Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory to find out.
  9. 9. Where to start basic research OneSearch (search box on library homepage) Searches several databases at the same time. Find books, peer-reviewed articles, magazines, news, videos, & more on any subject. Academic Search Complete (AKA EBSCOhost Academic) Find peer-reviewed articles & magazine articles on any subject. Google Scholar Find peer-reviewed articles on any subject. Be sure to access this via the link in the library’s database list. JSTOR Find peer-reviewed articles on humanities & social science topics. Content published in the most recent 3-5 years is not included. LexisNexis Find news, legal info, & company info.
  10. 10. OneSearch Search Basics ● Search with keywords, not phrases or sentences ● Put each keyword in a separate search box ● Use refine results panel to narrow search results ● Try different keywords if you aren’t happy with results ● Click on blue link below each source in results list for full text access ● Click on title to read abstract, generate citation under Tools > Cite ● If they must use interlibrary loan, it’s time to talk to a librarian

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