Teaching and the Library
Want help teaching your students to do research? Here’s how the Park Library can help.
Stephanie has created pages to support individual classes. Sample courses:
- Case Studies in Public Relations
- Mass Communication Research Methods
- Browse the full list of course guides for more ideas.
Course guides can automatically display in Sakai for your course. When students click on the “Library Research” link, they will go to this special page.
Stephanie is eager to help teach students to do effective and quality research using free and library-sponsored resources. Stephanie can:
- Create a course guide with links to useful resources hand-picked for a specific class (see above)
- Spend time in a class showing students 2-3 excellent resources from the course guide with tips for searching for a specific assignment. 45-50 minutes is ideal, but it can be done in 15 or 90 minutes.
- Work with students individually or in small groups outside of class. (This is most efficient if students have already heard Stephanie’s spiel in class).
If you want Stephanie to work with your students in a classroom, please consider these questions:
- What is their assignment?
- What would you like Stephanie to focus on helping them find?
- When is the library portion of their assignment due?
- Training works best when:
- The timing of Stephanie’s visit coincides closely with when they need to actually use the library (i.e., shortly before a literature review is due)
- They have already tried to find stuff & not been successful
- They have spent a lot of time searching & have not found stuff good enough for you.
Try to time Stephanie’s presentation to when they’ll need to do the research. And for the other points, please ask them to try to find material for the assignment, using whichever resources they want, before Stephanie talks to them—after they’ve discovered 1 million resources in Google, they’re usually more willing to listen to the librarian.
For More Information
Contact Stephanie if you would like her to create a course guide or talk to your class.