ENGL 101: Academic Writing
By the end of their first library research session, students will be able to...
- identify types of authority, such as subject expertise, societal position, or special experiences
- differentiate a scholarly article from other information formats by describing characteristics of a scholarly article
- formulate effective search strategies in library databases, such as Academic Search Complete, to locate relevant information sources for their topics
- identify at least three ways to contact a librarian for research assistance
- recognize the limitations of citation generators and identify alternate citation resources, such as Purdue OWL
By the end of their second library workshop session, students will be able to...
- identify which types of authority are best suited for specific assignments (for example, the digital forum assignment vs. the argument of inquiry assignment)
- recognize that scholarly sources are not always the most appropriate format for their information need and identify alternate information sources
- identify stakeholders for their topic and locate sources that represent a specific stakeholder's viewpoint
- articulate the value of seeking diverse perspectives in their research
- create strategies to overcome perceived barriers to research and identify additional search strategies (keywords, filters, etc) and resources (subject-specific databases, relevant popular publications)
Brainstorming Activity: To help develop a research question from a broad topic, use the quadrant below to guide a discussion. Start with a broad idea - such as climate change - and gradually narrow down your focus by answering the following questions:
- What is your topic? What other issues/events are similar or related to your topic?
- Who is affected by your topic? Who is involved?
- How does your topic impact society, culture, politics, economics?
- Why does this topic matter to you? Why should it matter to others?
Evaluating Authority Activity: Using the articles below, evaluate sources for authority, relevance, and credibility. You may use this Evaluating Information Sources worksheet to guide your conversation.
Women in STEM
Marching as Political Activism