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ERIC Number: EJ1175038
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
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Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1092-1206
The Library in the Laboratory: Implementing an Online Library Tutorial in a Freshman Biology Lab
Barkley, Meg
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, n88 Win 2018
Online tutorials are a way many librarians connect with students. The main benefit is the ability to reach more students than traditional face-to-face instruction sessions. In 2016, the Life & Health Sciences Librarian received instruction session requests for a freshman biology lab to teach students how to search for articles and use proper citation methods. The librarian consulted the Biology Introductory Teaching Lab Coordinator and found that the information covered in the library session was taught at the discretion of the individual teaching member, if at all, and more library instruction sessions would be useful in order for students in all sections to learn this information in a consistent manner. Because of the high number of labs needing library instruction in a short span of time, our library's instruction team was unable to coordinate face-to-face sessions. Instead, the librarian and lab coordinator determined that incorporating an online tutorial in each lab section would be more productive. At the University of Dayton, the course BIO 152L. Concepts of Biology Laboratory II: Evolution & Ecology is an introductory course covering the biological concepts surrounding evolution, diversity, and ecology and is required for all Biology undergraduate majors. To assist with fulfilling the course objectives of students finding scientific journal articles, properly incorporating information found in articles, and learning citation methods, an online library tutorial was implemented within the course. The tutorial walks students through using scholarly databases to find scientific articles, identifying information within articles, properly reusing information found in articles, and formatting a citation within the lab report. Partnered with the Scientific Writing PreLab assigned in class, the tutorial also incorporates a review at the end for both the PreLab packet and the online component.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Dayton)
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