Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Engaging Students in the Game of Research

This Perspectives article by Theresa Murdoch discusses an interesting approach to teaching research skills. More course information is available here.

Engaging Students in the Game of Research: "Engaging Students in the Game of Research

By Theresa Mudrock

University of Washington students taking History 221 realize soon enough that the class isn't a run-of-the-mill library research methods course?especially when they see that the last assignment is titled 'Your Obituary.' Library research methods classes usually follow a more predictable path, covering the principles of what librarians call information literacy?'the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information.' Taught on campuses large and small, some of these courses are generic, others are tied to a discipline; but all often culminate in that most traditional of library-based assignments, the annotated bibliography.1"

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