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Help! My Students Are Turning in Terrible Sources!

  • Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Location: Zoom

This session will focus on strategies to improve your students' source evaluation for research and writing projects. In the library we've been hearing increasing concerns about the quality of sources students are using in research assignments. Students may have trouble distinguishing between scholarly and non-scholarly sources, or may not be choosing high quality web-based sources. While a single "library session" can sometimes address these concerns, often it takes a broader approach. This session will discuss why this process is a challenge for students, as well as how to help them build the necessary skills and dispositions. Some strategies include assignment requirements, rubrics, targeted library instruction and consultation, and consistent reinforcement. This kind of source evaluation is an essential skill that will help students in a variety of contexts, academic, personal, and professional.

Questions? Contact Kate Elliott, 563-387-1328,563-387-1587