Exploring the Scholarly Territory Using Library Resources

Submitted by Ken Liss on November 18th, 2017
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Short Description: 

In this lesson students view a series of short videos about searching library resources, interspersed with exercises in which they conduct searches on their topics and reflect on what they find and on the research process. (The first two videos and accompanying activities are done outside of class; the third can be done in class.)

Learning Outcomes: 

• Students will learn that research is about exploring the scholarly conversation about a topic and not just about finding answers to questions.
• Students will learn that exploring library (and non-library) resources can help them develop different directions and ways of approaching their topics than they initially had in mind.
• Students will learn how to create strategies for overcoming common obstacles encountered while researching a topic.
• Students will learn how to follow paths from one scholarly source to others.

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Course Context (e.g. how it was implemented or integrated): 

This set of videos and interspersed searching and reflection exercises was developed by a librarian and two writing instructors as part of a project in the third year of the ACRL Assessment in Action program. It has since been used more widely in the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program.

Suggested Citation: 
Liss, Ken. "Exploring the Scholarly Territory Using Library Resources." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2017. https://www.projectcora.org/assignment/exploring-scholarly-territory-using-library-resources.