Your librarians want you to be an expert at finding and using information - and we can show you how! The library provides research help and instruction designed to meet the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education developed by the Association of College & Research Libraries. To schedule a workshop or discuss research help options, email mtanner [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (Martha Tanner), Head of Library Instruction and Reference, or call (402) 465-2407.
Librarians can lead one or more workshops on research skills for your class (in Lincoln or Omaha). Instruction sessions can be built around such learning goals as:
- Understanding characteristics of academic research/scholarly communication
- Using research to refine a topic
- Developing a search strategy
- Searching databases effectively
- Advanced and discipline-specific search strategies (e.g., finding systematic reviews, measurement tools, statistics, etc.)
- Finding and using e-books
- Finding and using reference materials (subject encyclopedias, bibliographies, indexes, etc.)
- Finding and using specialized sources (primary sources, government publications, datasets, images)
- Searching the internet effectively and understanding the "invisible web"
- Evaluating sources
- Taking notes/tracking bibliographic information
- Citing sources (citation tools and formats; copyright, fair use, and intellectual property)
- Presenting information
So that your students get the most out of the workshop, it’s helpful if you:
- Provide us at least two days’ notice so we can tailor the session to your group's needs.
- Choose one or two learning goals from the menu to focus on in a one-hour session.
- Schedule the workshop at a time in the semester when students can apply what they learn right away.
- Attend the session with your class to reinforce concepts and skills.
Ongoing Research Help
In addition to workshops, librarians can provide ongoing research help throughout the semester:
- One-on-one research consultations with students (in person or via phone or email)
- Class research days in the library with librarians on call to answer questions
- Online help in Digication or Blackboard
- Customized online research guides for a course or topic
- Consultation on research skills assignments