ERIC Number: ED273996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-30
Reference Count: 0
Integrating Library Research Skills into the Basic Course Curriculum.
Greenberg, Karen; Mark, Paula
Because students often produce writing that incorporates few or no outside sources of information, or is incorrectly documented, library skill instruction should be a part of the basic curriculum in college. Students need this instruction most at the beginning of their higher educational career, for these skills will be necessary throughout and beyond their college education. Although many basic course textbooks offer little or no assistance to the student reader trying to do research in an academic library, many libraries have orientation programs suitable for students in basic courses. For example, students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are provided with practice in library usage by an instructing team that includes both faculty members and library personnel. Orientation begins with an introduction to the building and its services. Instruction includes a brief description of the Library of Congress classification scheme, and exercises using the "Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature,""Social Sciences Index," the card catalog, and encyclopedias. Students also write annotated bibliographies. This library instruction has proven valuable to many of the students, who become more confident of their ability to find and use information in the library. (SRT)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (77th, Atlantic City, NJ, April 30-May 3, 1986).