In September 2019, we featured a webinar on faculty and librarian collaboration with school librarian Wendy DeGroat from the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School. An overarching theme of participants' questions concerned the best use of limited time with students. Read on for some ideas, the webinar recording, and a handout.
Alternatives to search demos
When teachers make assignments that require specific source types such as scholarly sources, or more specifically primary research studies, this provides a valuable opportunity for librarians to support student success on the assignment by teaching students how to find the required source type(s). Given the time crunch most teachers feel in regard to their curriculum, you’ll typically have just one face-to-face session with students. If your tendency is to offer a search demo of JSTOR and/or other databases during that session, consider alternatives that center students’ critical thinking skills instead of database features.
Context: Students’ lack of an adequate topic vocabulary is often a more significant factor in irrelevant search results than whether they know how to use subject filters or boolean operators.
But if I do this, how will students learn where and how to find such articles?
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