Library Database Teach-In
Rather than just providing a 20min presentation on academic databases available through the library website--this lesson is designed to have students demonstrate using library databases for their classmates. Delivered to our ENG 1B (a required freshman course) students, and timed to coincide with their Argument Essay assignment, students practice accessing and utilizing databases to find information sources. Working in groups, the students explore an assigned database before coming up to the podium to demonstrate the materials, search functionality and features of that database. Lesson break down (1hr 15min): Presentation by the Librarian: databases; developing keywords; Boolean (30 minutes) Students break into groups of 2-4, are assigned a database (5 minutes) Students explore the database and plan their Teach-In (10 minutes) Groups present on their assigned database (20 minutes) Presentation by the Librarian about identifying information needs (5 minutes) Librarian re-states the role of each database to meet these information needs (5 minutes) *This lesson was first designed by CORA Development Group Member, Nicole Branch along with SJSU Librarian, Toby Matoush.
Accessing library databases Using the library databases to identify and select information sources Understanding the role of each database (accessible materials) within the research process Developing search terms Using Boolean operators to broaden or narrow the scope of a search
Information Literacy concepts:
Individual or Group:
This lesson is delivered to all sections of our ENG 1B course, which is required in their freshman year, to coincide with their Argument Essay assignment. As part of their assignment, students have to provide evidence in support of their argument from scholarly sources. This lesson features the library's "go-to" databases for accessing reference sources, ebooks and scholarly articles for their assignment.