ERIC Number: ED329251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep-26
Making Real Changes: Course Integrated Instruction and Its Impact, A Case Study.
Efforts have been made by the Cornell University Libraries (New York) reference staff to assist students with their library research for a popular undergraduate course in human sexuality. Librarians have found the course to be a serious problem for both their reference and stack collections as most students do not understand research strategy, tend to leave their assignment (a short research paper) until the last minute, and are nearly all looking for the same materials at the same time. In 1981, the second year the course was offered, a voluntary library session was offered. By 1985, approximately 10 mandatory library sessions were included. In 1987, the library was awarded a $10,000 grant which enabled the reference staff to focus on improving the library-course connection. The major changes were the assignment of a critical, annotated bibliography on the research topic rather than a short research paper, and an earlier due date for the assignment. Student reactions to the assignment were positive, grades for the class improved over previous semesters, and librarians reported few problems with student research. (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western New York/Ontario Chapter Workshop (Buffalo, NY, September 26, 1988). For the complete proceedings, see IR 052 805. For other individual papers, see IR 052 807-813.