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F&M Library Research Workshops
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.
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:
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: