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ERIC Number: ED306159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Developing a Library Module for a Compensatory Section of a Social Science Core Course.
Lally, John L.; And Others
A library module skills development component that acquaints students with the organization and location of materials in the library has been developed as part of a coordinated core curriculum for academically deficient students requiring compensatory course work in the social sciences and the humanities. The library sessions, conducted by the librarian and attended by the instructors and students, instruct the students in the usage of "Library of Congress Subject Headings," the card catalog, and periodical indexes, which the student must use in order to write a two paragraph paper relating information found in one source to information found in another. A sample topic is researched to demonstrate library skills and a sample report is distributed which illustrates proper writing, footnote, and bibliographic style. Although vigorous evaluative measures have not been applied, a reading of the completed student papers and a later survey of the student's impression of the library module's impact on their subsequent coursework suggest that the program has a positive influence. Not only have their reading and writing skills improved, but also their abilities to synthesize ideas. A reduced anxiety level concerning library usage has contributed to the development of basic skill levels in library research practices. (PPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Media Staff; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A