Research Like a Scholar
The “Research Like a Scholar” presentation is designed by librarians to introduce UNIV 101 students to the Thomas Cooper Library and its resources through engaging activities and hands-on learning. Topics will cover a variety of information literacy areas, including accessing and utilizing various databases to identify sources, the importance of proper citation of sources, and how to find quality sources.
The Research Like a Scholar presentation supports University 101 learning outcome:
I. Foster Academic Success
b. Demonstrate how to effectively evaluate information sources and utilize University libraries and information systems for academic inquiry
The presentation endeavors to teach students how to effectively isolate keywords for a given topic/idea, and how to use those keywords to search for articles using the library's databases. The presentation instructs students on how to use keywords to find books about a given topic/idea using the library's catalog. Special attention may be given to the importance of proper citation of resources, how to find quality sources, or search strategies.
As a result of attending this presentation students will:
- Be able to identify service points in order to know where to get assistance.
- Be able to break down a topic in order to develop appropriate search terms.
- Be able to understand the purpose of the library catalog and a general article database (i.e. Academic Search Complete) in order to determine where to best start research on a given topic.
- Be able to comprehend basic record information in the library catalog and a general artcile database in order to retrieve books and articles.
If instructors have research assignments that they would like incorporated into the presentation, it is strongly advised that they contact the presenter with information at least two weeks before their advanced session.
- Introduction of instructor to the class, Q&A session about library resources, follow-up questions from students
- Active exercise at dry erase boards designed to engage students while teaching them about the importance of keywords
- Students are asked to answer basic questions about finding a particular book using the library’s catalog (call number, location, etc)
- Oftentimes, the FYRE for that year is used as an example during this exercise
An explanation of the parts of a library catalog record is given
- Demo of searching a sample topic (generally conducted in the database Academic Search Complete)
Detailed, step-by-step explanations of the components of a database (can include refining results, Boolean connectors, citation generators, abstracts, index terms, etc.)
Other information can include
- Getting books from other USC campus libraries, PASCAL, or Interlibrary Loan
- "My Account", "LibGuides", or the "Cite This" button
- Wrap up with final questions
50 minutes or 75 minutes