Friday, January 18, 2013

At Your Fingertips: New and Improved Student Research Support

To:         TWU Faculty and Instructors

From:    Connie Maxwell, Assistant Dean of Libraries

Date:     January 17, 2013

Re:         Student Research Support offered by the TWU Libraries
              

Library research can be challenging for the most experienced researchers; for the novice it can be overwhelming.


Think what it could mean if your students came to class already equipped with basic research skills. 
Instead of stumbling through the research process, hoping for the best, they could:  1) focus on the substance of the assignments you give them; 2) critically explore relevant subject matter; and 3) feel confident they possess the research skills necessary to successfully meet the course objectives you’ve chosen.

To help your students get up to speed on their library research skills, you can: 

1) 
request library workshops (either in your classroom or at the library) tailored to your course’s research requirements; and/or

2)  assign
to your students one or more of the TWU Libraries’ suite of four online research tutorials.  These tutorials include the following features and together provide the viewer with a solid overview of the research process.

TUTORIAL
CAPTIONED
TUTORIAL QUIZ AVAILABLE IN BLACKBOARD (GRADES POST TO YOUR GRADE BOOK)
ACCESSIBLE ON PCs and iPADs
SUPPORTED BY INTERNET EXPLORER and FIREFOX
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For your convenience
Instructions for importing research tutorial quizzes into Blackboard, and more tutorial info, available here

*IMPORTANT:  Finding Books and Journal Articles (FBJA) has been updated to include our new discovery tool TWUniversalIf you’ve used an earlier version of FBJA, please remember to import the updated version of this tutorial quiz here before assigning it to your students.  Thank you.
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For your convenience
For tutorial accessibility on iPads, download the Puffin or iSwifter app.
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The TWU Librarians stand ready to assist you in giving your students the foundation of research skills they need to do well in your classroom.  Please let us know what we can do for you and your students. 

From all of us with the TWU Libraries, our best wishes for a successful and rewarding semester.

~Connie Maxwell

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