Using a How To Screencast to find Peer Reviewed Articles

Submitted by Shannon Manuelito on

My BIO 160 students often have difficulty identifying and locating peer reviewed resources for a disease research paper. I have worked with the EMCC librarians to show students databases, citation tools, and a discussion of peer revied versus popular articles. At this time the students used the library website and found two potential resources. To improve this process, Jennifer Wong has created a screencast that shows how to use the library website to locate resources. This video is a great improvement because I am able to post this video in Canvas as a resource as the initial resource gathering session is sometimes overwhelming to students. Sharing the video also allows for uniformity in presentation across different classes. The video was implemented Sp15 and references from F14 will be compared with regard to references and citations. So far, I have seen an improvement on the citation formats on abstracts. I have had positive feedback about the video as well as student work, from adjuncts using the same assignment.

Completed Full Cycle
Course Number
BIO 160
Average: 4.1 (7 votes)


Teri Graham Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:43am

What a wonderful idea and resource.  I often had difficulty with citations in my college courses and would have really appreciated that kind of resource being provided to me... Also, thank you for sharing this resource with other faculty

Becky Baranowski Wed, 04/29/2015 - 7:04pm

Nice use of resources outside of your division.  Cross campus collaboration is what makes EMCC great.  Isn't this a completed cycle, though?  You are comparing it to last semester, right?  

Shannon Manuelito Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:13am

In reply to by Becky Baranowski

Hi Becky, no not completed because I have to collect the papers from this smester to compare to last. I'm not sure. The intervention has been completed but the data analysis is not completed. So completed but not calculated?  I guess technically the cycle is completed? 

Peter Turner Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:38pm

As far as the cycle being completed, do you have enough information, even preliminary, to make a decision as to whether or not you will continue this strategy? Sounds like you do . . .

That said, I think it is great that you are involving your students in research and limiting it to peer-reviewed submissions! And, the use of the video is a good idea. I must confess, that I too tried using a video (thanks Kelly Loucy) for students to correctly cite in APA in my hybrid classes and had muddled results. I think I need to do a better job of driving them to the video . . . any suggestions would be appreciated!

Rachel Smith Thu, 04/30/2015 - 8:30pm

Can't wait to see how it turns out...!!!

Olga Tsoudis Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:33am

Shannon, Thank you for sharing how you incorporate research into your courses and development of the screencast. Will you share quantitave results on how it compared from semester to semester? Olga

Bronwen Steele Tue, 09/15/2015 - 12:22pm

Shannon, this is a great idea, I too struggle with my students and references. I think I will bug Jennifer to help me with mine. 

Erik Huntsinger Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:06pm

Shannon, is there a way for you to share your screencast?  This sounds like a promising avenue for research assignments in my class too.