ERIC Number: ED313044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-26
Reference Count: N/A
Cooperative Project To Develop a Database of Discipline-Specific Workbook Exercises for Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Entomology, and Biological Sciences Courses.
Ellsbury, Susan H.; And Others
A two-part text, "Science Resources: A Self-Paced Instructional Workbook," was designed to provide science students at Mississippi State University with: (1) instruction on basic library usage and reference tools common to most scientific disciplines; (2) materials adapted to specific disciplines; and (3) services available to them from the university library system in their major area of study. The latter includes flexible materials with a choice of chapters covering basic and specialized reference services adaptable to instruction in diverse scientific disciplines at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. Each of the initial chapters in the workbook consists of explanatory material followed by exercises that require use of library resources. Each exercise was produced in 10 to 20 versions to ensure that students complete them independently. Each chapter was originally developed as typewritten copy and photo-duplicated for use in biology classes. However, expanded usage to other classes and for employee training necessitated computerization of the workbook with the aid of an optical scanner. The system now consists of a database of chapters that can be easily revised, expanded, and independently selected in consultation with science faculty for inclusion in discipline-specific workbooks. This report provides a description of the program; an outline of the workbook; lists of specialized chapters designed for horticulture, entomology, and physical and biological sciences students and employees; a sample chapter on horticulture; and an exercise and answer sheet from an assignment involving the use of "Horticultural Abstracts." (Author/SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Library Association Poster Session (Dallas, TX, June 26, 1989).