F&M College Library

Connections 2

Information Literacy in the Connections Curriculum

Designing Library Research Assignments and Workshops for CNX 2 courses

Consult with the course librarian to design assignments and
schedule library research workshops best suited to the content and flow of your course.  

If you have not yet connected with your CNX librarian, and/or if you have any questions, comments, etc.,
concerning information literacy in the Connections curriculum,
Lisa Stillwell, Associate Librarian for Research Services, lisa.stillwell@fandm.edu

Customized Library Research Workshops for CNX 2: recommended content

CNX 2 Library Research Workshops: Recommended Content (as appropriate)

  • Discussing the assignment: do students understand what is expected of them?
  • Discussing scholarly production/communication, organization and access:
    • research/scholarship is an ongoing conversation
      • students are joining an active conversation
      • students will further the conversation 
    • the publication process: from peer-review to publication
    • publication formats
      • monographs, edited volumes, journals, etc.
    • catalogs and indexes
    • discovering and accessing 
  • Discussing the contextual nature of  “primary,” “secondary,” and “tertiary”
  • Composing effective search statements:
    • Extracting the key ideas/concepts from a research topic
    • Employing search strategies, e.g. Boolean logic, truncation, etc.
  • Selecting and searching the appropriate source(s):
    • the library catalog/Discover, an index/database, a full-text collection, a
      citation index, etc.

  • Interpreting and analyzing search results:
    • It is not likely for there to be one single source that satisfies
      the research need
    • The most relevant source might not appear on the first page of results
    • Multiple formats of information will likely need to be consulted
  • Accessing materials: not everything discovered is accessible immediately:
    • Use the “link” option from within indexes/databases to determine access
      • E-Z Borrow is available to obtain books
      • Interlibrary Loan is available to obtain articles, and books
        (or book chapters) not available via E-Z Borrow

  • Evaluating print and digital content
  • Using intellectual property ethically--discuss:
    • intellectual property and academic honesty
    • citing sources: why it matters and how to do it

Additional Options

Individual “Bibliography Reviews” of first/draft bibliographies

  • Note: please confirm the availability of the
    course librarian before assigning
    bibliography reviews to an entire class.


Individual “Research Appointments” 

  • Note: please confirm the availability of the
    course librarian if you are requiring
    all students to schedule an appointment.


Embed a librarian in your course

  • Allows for multiple librarian-student encounters
    throughout the semester as best suited to
    support student completion of research tasks.

Library Research Guide for Students