ERIC Number: ED217487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Second Kind of Knowledge: The Role of Library Instruction in Writing across the Curriculum.
Peroni, Patricia A.
Conducting library research is a complex procedure that relies not only upon the knowledge of basic reference sources, but also upon an appreciation of the process of literature searching. Writing teachers can provide their students with models of the research process to guide them in their quests for information. Search strategy outlines map the path one should follow in the course of a literature review, progressing from the collection of background information to the identification of specific literature, and can be modified from one discipline to another. Mastery of the search process enables students to develop understanding of the context of their topics within disciplines and to refine their topics appropriately. Many colleges are integrating library instruction in cross curriculum programs with apparent success. Such programs require planning of objectives and consultation with faculty outside the library. Library instruction should be provided only for those parts of a writing curriculum that require research, and serious thought should be given to the library's ability to support its proposed activities. In an alternative approach, libraries could function as centers for faculty development training of peer tutors, who could instruct students in the use of search strategies and ways in which different disciplines organize their literature. (Appendixes contain search strategies and a bibliography of sources on intergrated library instruction.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Research Papers (Students); Writing across the Curriculum
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the National Endowment for the Humanities/Beaver College Summer Institute for Writing in the Humanities (Glenside, PA, July 26-31, 1981).