Student Research Help is Here!

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Disappointed with the quality of research you receive in assignments? The library can help you increase the information literacy skills of your students, showing them that there’s more to doing research than typing their topic into a Google search box.

Classes taught by librarians will reinforce the information literacy skills you are teaching, ensuring your students are given the opportunity to tap into their critical thinking skills and discover the valuable research tools available to them. A librarian will work with you to design a session tailored to your curriculum and research assignments; the most effective student learning environment is created when the librarian and instructor work together to develop the content and structure of classes and collaborate during sessions to emphasize key points. Possible topics for classes include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Information retrieval using tools such as the library catalogue and article databases
  • Effective Web searching techniques
  • Evaluating resources
  • Plagiarism, copyright, and citing sources

Classes are usually taught in the Library Instruction Lab, which is equipped with 28 student workstations and has seating capacity for 40. Classes can be planned for anytime throughout the term, but are most effective when students are actually beginning to research and have already had time to read and reflect on their assignment and consider their topics. Sessions are booked on a first-come, first-served basis, so book early.

To book classes contact either the liaison librarian for your program or Michelle Edwards, the Information Literacy Instruction Coordinator, by phone at 342-3346 or by email at michelle.edwards@rdc.ab.ca. To facilitate the collaborative process during the design phase of the classes, please provide a copy of the assignment you’ll be giving your students.

We look forward to seeing you and your students in the library!

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