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Implementing the Information Literacy Tutorial in Your First Year Seminar

Practical advice and how-to information for incorporating the information literacy tutorial, LION'S GUIDE TO RESEARCH AND THE LIBRARY, in your first year seminar course.

Starting Your Assignment - Learning Outcomes

  • Understand that scholarly research is a conversation among scholars and experts.
  • Select a balanced research topic.
  • Identify key concepts and keywords in your research topic.
  • Find and use credible background information.

Possible In-Class Integrations of Key Concepts from "Starting Your Research Assignment" Module

  • Walk through the process of topic formulation, including finding background info to help generate a focus

  • Diagram a research question and pick out keywords

  • Compare Wikipedia to some published reference/background sources on the same topic; improve the Wikipedia article

  • Create a reading list on a topic by using background info and doing citation chasing

  • Interview the Faculty member teaching your FYS course and ask him/her to describe how they do research, how research gets disseminated in their field, etc.

  • Select a topic from class and identify a venue (blog, discussion forum, social media) in which a scholarly conversation is taking place. Ask students to identify key players and their perspectives.

  • Have students reflect upon the steps they went through when researching a major purchase or event in their lives (buying a car, selecting a college, etc.). They identify the steps involved in the research behind such a decision, and confront the importance of employing a similar strategy in the academic setting.


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Sample Assignments

Key Points: "Starting Your Assignment" Module