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Services: Library Workshops


F&M Library Research Workshops



Purpose


Library Research Workshops at F&M are provided to enable students to become fully
information literate: able to recognize an information need, and to locate, access, evaluate, and use effectively, ethically, and legally, the needed information.
As information seeking and retrieval becomes increasingly complex, and as the quality of information becomes increasingly difficult to discern, the development of students' critical thinking skills is crucial. Library Research Workshops help develop critical thinking skills by enhancing students' information literacy.

Library Research Workshops can be particularly helpful to first-year students.There are often vast differences between an incoming first-year's high school library experience and the library environment and research experience at Franklin & Marshall. Providing an introduction to, and solid foundation in, research skills at the appropriate time (usually about 4-6 weeks into the semester) goes a long way to reducing first-year student research stress and improving student performance.


Possibilities


Librarians offer Library Research Workshops designed to fit the specific needs of a course. The librarian consults with the faculty member to learn the objectives of the course, course content, materials covered, and course assignment(s). The workshops, and accompanying supportive documents (such as those featured on the library's Class Guides web site), are then developed to support the course's research requirements. Information sources typically included in workshops are: the Library Catalog, print and electronic indexes and abstracts, books, print and electronic reference sources, print and electronic journals, scholarly databases, and effective Internet searching and evaluating.

Library Research Workshops most often occur in the library's computer classroom, to allow student participation in active learning and group exercises. Librarians are also available to teach in your classroom.

Faculty are strongly encouraged to attend Library Research Workshops with their students.

The Librarians develop workshops for all course levels:
  • First-Year Seminars
  • Foundations courses
  • 100, 200, 300 level courses
  • Senior Seminars
for all assignments:
  • annotated bibliography
  • research paper
  • group projects and presentations
covering a wide array of topics:
  • the Library Catalog
  • understanding the organization, archiving and retrieval of scholarship
  • effective scholarly database searching
  • evaluating information sources
  • effective Internet searching for scholarship
  • citing information sources
  • ethical use of intellectual property (See Plagiarism: a Resource for Faculty)


Procedures


Faculty are encouraged to schedule their workshops as far in advance as possible. At least two weeks lead time between the date the request is made and the workshop date is preferred.

To schedule a Library Research Workshop, contact the liaison librarian for your department:

DEPARTMENT

LIAISON LIBRARIAN

DEPARTMENT

LIAISON LIBRARIAN

Africana Studies

Lisa Stillwell, x3844

American Studies

Christopher Raab, x4225

Anthropology

Pam Snelson, x3896

Arabic Language

Pam Snelson, x3896

Art & Art History

Louise Kulp, x4242

Bioinformatics

Laura Eiford, x3843

Biological Foundations of Behavior

Scott Vine, x3840

Biology

Laura Eiford, x3843

Business, Organizations & Society

Molly Olney-Zide, x3842

Chemistry

Laura Eiford, x3843

Chinese Language

Pam Snelson, x3896

Classics

Louise Kulp, x4242

Computer Science

Courtney Cunningham, x4435

Earth & Environment

Laura Eiford, x3843

Economics

Tom Karel, x3845

English

Lisa Stillwell, x3844

French

Andy Gulati, x4261

German

Andy Gulati, x4261

Government

Tom Karel, x3845

History

Christopher Raab, x4225

International Studies

Pam Snelson, x3896

Italian

Andy Gulati, x4261

Japanese Language

Pam Snelson, x3896

Judaic Studies

Courtney Cunningham, x4435

Mathematics

Courtney Cunningham, x4435

Music

Andy Gulati, x4261

Philosophy

Scott Vine, x3840

Physics & Astronomy

Laura Eiford, x3843

Psychology

Scott Vine, x3840

Public Policy

Tom Karel, x3845

Religious Studies

Courtney Cunningham, x4435

Russian

Andy Gulati, x4261

Science, Technology & Society

Scott Vine, x3840

Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind

Scott Vine, x3840

Sociology

Lisa Stillwell, x3844

Spanish

Andy Gulati, x4261

Theatre, Dance & Film

Molly Olney-Zide, x3842

Women's & Gender Studies

Lisa Stillwell, x3844

 

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