Improve Research and Citation Skills Through Librarian Consultation

Submitted by Peter Turner on

The first project in my EDU classes each semester is a student investigation into a hot topic in the education field. Students must submit a Ppt and then present on the topic, using the Ppt as their audio-visual aide. Their grade is a combination of assessing their presentation and their hard-copy Ppts. To grade their hard copies, I use a Ppt Rubric (see attachmed). Historically the lowest score on the rubric has been "References" where they must accurately cite at least two credible references. The average score on this has been 2.0 out of 5 points.

To address this, I consulted with Nikol Price and crafted a "Librarian Consultation Sheet" (see attached). Students had to consult an Estrella librarian for advice on credible resources and proper APA citation form. The consultation sheet had to be attached to their hard copy Ppt when submitted. Additionally, the suggested topics were sent to the librarians so they could anticipate what students would be researching. This semester, "Reference" scores now average a 4.1 out of 5, more than double the past. The students are definitely improving their reference skills!

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Average: 5 (8 votes)


Marianne Smith Wed, 09/11/2013 - 8:26pm

This is a great example of how a simple idea can have a  large impact on student learning.  Requiring that students consult a librarian regarding their resource list, you 're ensuring they get the best possible advice on how to find credible information. Giving the librarians a "heads up" as to possible topics probably made the whole research process flow a lot more smoothly.  I will probably borrow your idea for my MAT217/MAT042 final projects!

Rene Willekens Mon, 09/16/2013 - 5:04pm

Wow! This application is simple and produced profound results. The two things I like about this submission are the collaboration that occurred outside of the classroom and the simplicity. The reason I like the simplicity is this report  could be used as a promotional example to encourage additional faculty to participate in CATS.   This could also be used as a strategy to improve EMCC latest results on the Compositional Writing assessment.  Citations and sourcing represent a major challenge even with sophomore students.  The strategies in this proposal are ripe for duplicating, but I wonder if the EMCC Library staff could handle a substantial increase in these types of assignments. Great idea!

Heather Muns Tue, 09/17/2013 - 12:14am

I like this. I find that my students struggle with this as well.  I feel like I can talk about it and teach it until I'm blue in the face and it still doesn't show up in their presentations.  I think I am going to try this. Love it!

Bronwen Steele Tue, 09/17/2013 - 7:15am

Nice, I am wondering, did students find it difficult to find extra time outside of class to consult with a librarian? I find my students have struggles with doing things like this. If it is online it is better but to meet with someone else outside of class has been problematic. 

Erik Huntsinger Tue, 09/17/2013 - 4:29pm

Pete, just a great example of how you identified a problem using data, took corrective steps, and now it is paying off for your students.  Congrats!

Kanina McDonald Thu, 10/24/2013 - 3:15pm

This is an incredible learning experience for students. In nursing, we encourage our students to use current research. This may be a challenge if the student is not used to working with the library and their multiple resources. I will be using the librarian consultantion form and use the writing center as well. Part of our goal as educators is to inform them of all of the available resources. Great job!

Rachel Holmes Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:27am

This is great!  Utilizing this resource is such a great way to ensure that students are more aware of the resources available to them through the library.   It's also a time-saver for the instructor because the students can seek this outside assistance on their own time (especially great with online and hybrid courses).

Karen Shively Sat, 01/25/2014 - 11:03am

Great way to make students accountable for learning. I see myself using this in other areas with other resources as well.

Kathryn French Sat, 09/13/2014 - 11:23am

This is a practical way of guiding the students in the project as well as allowing for a verification process for grading the assignment. Have you worked out a way to do this in Canvas yet?