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ENGL 308 Payne: Library Instruction

Library Instruction outcomes

In our session, I'm hoping to address the following student learning outcomes: 

1. Search subject specific databases to identify journal articles on a topic.

2. Request materials not owned by the library using Interlibrary Loan when warranted.

3. Search for sources using a citation or bibliography.

4. Cite sources using a citation style appropriate for the discipline if one exists.

Exhaust the types of sources available to you

Sometimes, a structured approach to research can help to organize ideas and to just plain dive into finding sources.

1. Explore topic basics & primary sources (the open web)
2. Background (library catalog: books)
3. Current research (library databases: journal articles)
4. Support your argument (source citation)
5. Drafts & revisions (research librarians, writing center)

Your Sources = Evidence for the Argument

Bean, John C. Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print.