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Keeping the Conversation Alive: Librarians and Historians teaching information research skills to engineering students in their middle college years.The library’s electronic resources collection is constantly becoming more exhaustive, leading toever increasing challenges in instructing students in information skills. At our university, first-year engineering students get formalized instruction in information research skills, but they donot receive additional library instruction until they become seniors. This gap most often results instudents losing their ability to efficiently use library databases in their middle college years; andthey often need reminders of basic research skills for their senior projects. All engineeringstudents are required to take a course called “Technology in Historical Perspective” during theirsophomore year. This course, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, examines the causalinterrelations between technological progress and developments in economic, social, intellectual,and political aspects of Western civilization from the 18th century to the present. To help theengineering students refine and enhance their information seeking skills, the university’shumanities and social science librarian, the engineering librarian, other library staff, and historydepartment faculty, will collaborate to design a new library research instruction strategy.This paper outlines a vision for formalized integration of library research instruction into thecurriculum for this course. This vision includes activities promoting engaged student learningand possible methods to assess acquired student information competence during the term of thecourse. Students are required to conduct in-depth research for their term papers using a widevariety of resources including engineering and history databases, primary literature published inpatents, and others. One of the activities envisioned is an interactive session to gauge whetherstudents need additional help in finding sources for their projects. We expect this approach willhelp students to maintain and improve their research skills between their first and final collegeyears and improve their overall information literacy in a range of subjects outside of engineering.Additionally, it will prevent the seemingly inevitable last-minute crunch that students encounterwhen writing research papers, which will result in improved final projects.
Bhatt, J. J., & Milliken, L., & Ackert, L., & Goldberg, E. J. (2011, June), Keeping the Conversation Alive: Maintaining Students' Research Skills Throughout Their College Careers Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18232
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