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Vieyra, Michelle L.; Weaver, Kari D. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2023
Students often come to college with a limited understanding of how to ethically incorporate and cite source materials in their writing, and this is commonly cited as the leading reason for plagiarism. Studies have shown that students in STEM are more apt to plagiarize as compared to students in the humanities or social sciences, so they are an…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Plagiarism, Ethics, Citations (References)
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Boice, Jocelyn – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2019
Researchers in conservation biology and other non-medical fields are adopting systematic review as a research methodology. Since this methodology requires extensive and well-documented literature searching, it is beneficial for information professionals to understand disciplinary developments in its use. This article investigates trends in…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Biology, Literature Reviews, Research Methodology
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Jankowski, Amy; Sawyer, Yadéeh E. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2019
The University Libraries at the University of New Mexico reconfigured their established library instruction program for biology as part of a broader grant-funded essential-skills workshop series for STEM students. This initiative standardized supplementary instruction through seven inperson and online workshops delivered to students through the…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Biology, Student Attitudes, Workshops
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Lantz, Catherine; Dempsey, Paula R. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2019
Results from focus groups with 23 second- and third-year biology students revealed gradual gains in information literacy (IL) abilities and dispositions needed for them to join the community of scientific practice as laid out in the ACRL "Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education." Students were consumers of information and…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Learning Strategies, Biology, Undergraduate Students
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Barkley, Meg – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 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…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Tutorial Programs, Library Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Jankowski, Amy – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2017
Accessibility and findability of digitized archival resources can be a challenge, particularly for students or researchers not familiar with archival formats and digital interfaces, which adhere to different descriptive standards than more widely familiar library resources. Numerous aggregate archival collection databases exist, which provide a…
Descriptors: Archives, Primary Sources, Scientific and Technical Information, Biology
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Lantz, Catherine – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2016
The author interviewed 10 graduate teaching assistants leading lab sessions for first-year biology about how they introduce students to scientific literature. Qualitative data analysis of the interview transcripts revealed that both first-year students and graduate teaching assistants (many of whom are first-year teachers) struggle with…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Science Laboratories, Biology, College Science
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Hartman, Patricia; Newhouse, Renae; Perry, Valerie – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2014
The train-the-trainer model has great potential for expanding information literacy programs without placing undue burden on already overextended librarians; it is surprisingly underused in academic libraries. At the University of Kentucky, we employed this model to create a new information literacy program in an introductory biology lab. We…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Information Literacy, Sustainability, Trainers
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Kenyon, Jeremy; Sprague, Nancy R. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2014
Our research examined the use of supplementary materials in six environmental science disciplines: atmospheric sciences, biology, fisheries, forestry, geology, and plant sciences. Ten key journals were selected from each of these disciplines and the number of supplementary materials, such as data files or videos, in each issue was noted over a…
Descriptors: Supplementary Reading Materials, Periodicals, Environmental Education, Biology
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Gregory, Kathleen – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2013
Active learning is a hallmark of the traditional science laboratory class, making it a natural place for librarians to integrate active information literacy instruction. The course structure of science lab classes, particularly large entry-level undergraduate classes, can make the logistics of such integration a challenge. This paper presents two…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Integrated Activities, Science Laboratories, College Science
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Shannon, Sarah; Winterman, Brian – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2012
Primary literature is our main mode of communication in the sciences. As such, it is important for our undergraduates in the discipline to learn how to read primary literature. Incorporating primary literature into undergraduate science courses is often difficult because students are unprepared to comprehend primary articles. Learning to read and…
Descriptors: Expertise, Assignments, Scientific Methodology, Pattern Recognition
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Zhang, Yuening; Beckman, Roger – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2011
An e-book usage survey was sent through departmental mailing lists to the graduate students, scientists and faculty members of the Chemistry Department and Biology Department of Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB). Several faculty members, scientists and graduates students from the Chemistry Department and Biology Department were also contacted…
Descriptors: Books, Electronic Publishing, Use Studies, Surveys
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Miller, Laura Newton – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2011
This paper will focus on the citation analysis of graduate masters theses from Carleton University's Biology Department with implications for library collection management decisions. Twenty-five masters theses were studied to determine citation types and percentages, ranking of journals by frequency of citation and by number of authors citing, and…
Descriptors: Library Materials, Masters Theses, Biology, Periodicals
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Petzold, Jacquelyn; Winterman, Brian; Montooth, Kristi – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2010
In order to integrate library instruction seamlessly into an introductory biology course, two librarians collaborated with a biology faculty member to create a three-part series of instruction sessions known as the Science Seeker. The Science Seeker taught students about the structure of scientific information by tracing the path that discoveries…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Education, Introductory Courses, Undergraduate Students
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MacMillan, Don – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2010
This case study describes an information literacy lab for an undergraduate biology course that leads students through a range of resources to discover aspects of genetic information. The lab provides over 560 students per semester with the opportunity for hands-on exploration of resources in steps that simulate the pathways of higher-level…
Descriptors: Genetics, Biology, Information Literacy, Scientific and Technical Information
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