The library partners with faculty in developing students' critical thinking skills, especially in the areas of identifying, accessing and analyzing the quality of supporting data or evidence used in argumentation and reasoning.
Woodruff librarians can work with you towards these goals in a number of ways:
Librarians can prepare research guides tailored to your classwork to assist students with library research.
We can give your students research demonstrations and hands-on practice in an interactive library session in the library or in your own classroom.
Our assessment of student learning in library sessions has shown that students learn the library content BEST when the following apply:
To arrange library instruction for your class:
Build on Concepts in multiple, shorter sessions
Staging assignments provides an opportunity to develop students into researchers and monitor their progress along the way. Librarians can be involved by providing short sessions focused on the particular skills needed at that point in the assignment. To get some ideas for ways to have the librarian work with your class in multiple, shorter sessions, see what this professor at the University of Massachusetts did.