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ERIC Number: EJ927017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
A Chemical Information Literacy Program for First-Year Students
Gawalt, Ellen S.; Adams, Barbara
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n4 p402-407 Apr 2011
The ability to navigate and understand the chemical literature is integral to the scientific research process. Learning these skills is therefore an important, though often overwhelming, part of an undergraduate chemical education. We describe an inquiry-based program designed to help chemistry students begin to learn to search and read the literature. The semester-long program is used within an honors general chemistry course but could be used during recitation sections of a larger general chemistry lecture course. It involves classroom and library tutorials and activities that introduce students to the skills necessary for utilizing today's databases, online journals, and library resources. Over its 5-year existence, the program has been molded by student assessment, faculty feedback, and new developments in the field. The collaboration between and support by the chemistry and biochemistry department and the library were crucial to the success of the program. The program materials provided could easily be adapted to an online program or larger class with recitation sections. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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