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Library Research Modules

These short lessons (10 min.)  feature interactive practice questions that can help you gain mastery of library research skills and the ethical use of information. 

Avoiding Plagiarism: APA Citation Style

  1. Avoiding plagiarism by learning when you need to document your sources
  2. Learn to cite sources according to the citation style found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychology Association (APA), 6th Edition.

 Avoiding Plagiarism: MLA Citation Style 

  1. Avoid plagiarism by learning when you need to document your sources
  2. Learn to cite sources using the citation style found in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition.

Defining a Research Topic & Selecting Key Search Terms

  1. Use methods and resources to help generate topic ideas for research assignments
  2. Use thesauri and other tools to select appropriate key search terms to describe topics

Introduction to Databases for Research

  1. Describe how library research databases differ from each other
  2. Describe how library research databases differ from Internet search engines
  3. Use library resources to find the best database for your research

 Creating a Search Strategy

  1. Identify key concepts
  2. Find an appropriate balance between Precision and Recall
  3. Search by database field and subject
  4. Apply Boolean search logic
  5. Identify when you have sufficient resources

Citation Tracking

  1. Understand how the Scholarly Conversation develops over time and in reference to previous ideas, theories, and research.
  2. Track references backwards in time, using an article’s reference list
  3. Track references forwards in time, using the Citation Tracking Databases of Google Scholar and EBSCO

 Evaluating Sources

  1. How to individually evaluate your information sources using the CRAAP framework
  2. How to evaluate individual documents based on the strengths and weaknesses of their Evidence and Argument
  3. How to assess a collection of sources by looking for Areas of Agreement and Areas of Disagreement

 How to Recognize Scholarly Research

  1. The Peer-Review process
  2. The structure and characteristics of scholarly research
  3. Practical tips to locate peer reviewed journal articles, empirical research, and seminal publications

 Characteristics of Information

  1. Learn about the various characteristics and types of the acquisition and dissemination of information
  2. Practice answering questions designed to help you assess and use the various types of information resources.

 Abstracts, Annotations, & Literature Reviews

  1. Learning the distinctive qualities of abstracts and introductions
  2. Exploring the purpose, and various types of formats and structures for annotated bibliographies
  3. Examining different purposes and corresponding organizational frameworks for literature reviews
  1. Effectively incorporating direct quotes and block quotes into your papers
  2. Examining the differences between paraphrasing and summarizing a text

Link to your Courses in Canvas

Faculty can add all of the modules, with a corresponding 10 point final quiz, to their courses in canvas. 

The modules and optional quiz can be used as a library assignment, extra credit, or just to include in your course reference materials.

To add these to Canvas, contact:

Karla Kmetz, Instructional Designer, kmetz1@usfsp.edu

or

Kaya van Beynen, Instruction Librarian, kayatown@usfsp.edu

      
     

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