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Tackling the Research Elephant in the Room: No Fuss Strategies to Get Your Students Research Ready!   Tags: erika montenegro, faculty workshops, flex, instruction, library, professional development, underprepared students, ups  

This guide contains handouts, assignments and resources for instructors who want to get their students research ready.
Last Updated: Nov 15, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Research Approach

Research takes practice, is messy, and is best learned through trial and error.

  •  I emphasize exploration and finding out what tools and resources work best for you and your students. 
  • There isn't a right or wrong way to conduct research!
  •  The assignments and handouts provided in this Libguide are here for you to use in your classrooms. Feel free to modify and tailor them as needed, just give attribution when appropriate.

Welcome to Tackling the Research Elephant in the Room!

Ever given an assignment to a room of wide-eyed, panic-stricken students? Ever spent hours grading papers, underwhelmed with the results? If so, this guide was created for you! It contains no fuss, easy ways to get your students research ready!


Workshop Overview

In this hour long workshop we will:

  • discuss why integrating research skills in the classroom can be terrifying, but should be tackled head-on.
  • debunk popular myths regarding how students develop research skills versus the reality of the situation.
  • explore different approaches to integrating research skills in the classroom.
  • go over example assignments, tools and resources instructors can use and modify for their classroom.

What's Information Competency?

The Association of College and Research Libraries defines information competency (in some cases called information literacy) as "a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." Furthermore, an information literate student is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

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Erika Montenegro
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About Erika

I'm an Instruction Librarian at East Los Angeles College. When I'm not teaching one of eight different library workshops throughout the week, you can usually find me at the reference desk or giving classroom orientations to students and faculty. I have a Master's degree in Library and Information Studies from UCLA and a Master's degree in English from UC Riverside. I've taught English throughout colleges in Southern California, including here at ELAC. My areas of interest are integrating composition and rhetoric approaches to information literacy and interdisciplinary collaborations.  

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(323) 415-5008


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