Research as Inquiry

Transformative? Integrative? Troublesome? Undergraduate Student Reflections on Information Literacy Threshold Concepts.

In this exploratory study the author asks students enrolled in a credit-bearing undergraduate research methods course to rank and evaluate the troublesome, transformative, and integrative nature of the six frames currently comprising the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The results indicate that students have valid insights into threshold concept-based instruction, but may confuse the application with the theory. If practitioners are to embrace not only the frames, but also the spirit of the Framework, we must directly involve students in our teaching and research practices.
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Primary Source Literacy Rubric

This rubric was developed to assess students' written reflections about primary source materials they encountered in class.  Developed by Meggan Press and Meg Meiman at Indiana University Libraries in Bloomington, this rubric is designed for instructors to gauge students' primary source literacy skills for short- or long-form written projects.  It was adapted from the SAA/RBMS Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy.

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Rubric for Selecting an Empirical Research Article

This rubric was designed for use with a Freshmen-level information literacy instruction one-shot. The faculty member required that students select one empirical research article to support their research paper for the course. The information literacy session specifically went over crafting research questions, understanding emprical research, bias, study design, etc. Students were shown how to search for quantitative and qualtiative research and to recognize identifiers of empirical research using an article's abstract. Once the assignment was completed the course instructor shared the students' selected articles and their justification for why it was appropraite with the librarian who taught the course. 

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Rubric for Research Paper Bibliography

This rubric was created to evaluate student resource choice for their research papers after a library session. The rubric keeps the scope of ACRL's Framework in mind, while focusing on evalautive criteria students' would be taught to implement in their research inquiries during an information literacy session. The rubric consists of four categories: begining, emerging, developing and proficient, which allow for clear delineations of students' sophistication in conducting research.   

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Research using the American FactFinder

This lesson plan prepares students to gather data using American FactFinder and can be adapted for use with Business and Social Science courses.

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What type of research do you need? (2.0)

Updated Version, please download this one!  This infographic helps students figure out more information about peer-reviewed articles, including types of secondary articles like meta-analysis and meta-synethesis.  This map gives more information and helps to point them in the right direction, especially those doing literature reviews in the sciences.  

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What type of research do you need?

This infographic helps students figure out more information about peer-reviewed articles, including types of secondary articles like meta-analysis and meta-synethesis.  This map gives more information and helps to point them in the right direction, especially those doing literature reviews in the sciences.  

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Path to Research (History Methods Research Snake)

Similar to my general "research snake" this one is specficially for history student searching for history resources, primary and secondary.  This is a visual resource you can use to show students how to start research and the steps they should follow along the way.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at samkennedy@gmail.com

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History
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Understanding Propaganda in Contemporary Society

This resource discusses alt right propaganda, gives examples, and posts links to further readings.
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Assessing Your Sources Together

Developed for the University of Connecticut's "Research Now!" online curriculum. This worksheet is designed as a tool for students to assess their sources, and re-evaluate their research focus.

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