For First Year Writing Instructors

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How are you students doing with their Library research skills? Are you satisfied with the sources your students are citing? We can help. Our goal is to provide first year students the fundamental library and information literacy skills needed to help students locate and evaluate the sources (popular and scholarly) students use in their writing.

There are a number of resources available to First Year Writing instructors:

1.) Incorporate Unravel the Library workshops into your classes.
Online Unravel the Library 2 (http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/): Instructors can require students to take these online tutorials either in-class or on their own time (takes about 45 minutes). Students take a quiz and can print out the results to turn in to you. Points or extra credit can be given. Here are the Unravel 2: The Research Process Online learning outcomes: Identify appropriate article indexes and use them to find articles, use search techniques to find article for their topic, identify whether an article is considered scholarly or not.
Note: We changed our procedures so unlike last semester, students do NOT need an “enrollment key�? to get into the quiz.

2.) Face-to-face Unravel the Library 1, 2 or 3 (http://www.lib.umn.edu/registration/):
These sessions are held at various times throughout the semester. Students can be required to attend specific workshops. Students can get a certificate to turn in to you (signed by the librarian) for points or extra credit.

Unravel 1: Orientation to the Libraries & Tour of Wilson Library learning outcomes: Orientation to services and resources available through the Libraries, how to read a book and article citation, how to locate books and articles from a citation, Tour of Wilson Library.

Unravel 2: The Research Process learning outcomes: Identify appropriate article indexes and use them to find articles, use search techniques to find article for their topic, identify whether an article is considered scholarly or not.

Unravel 3: Beyond the Basics - Advanced Searching learning outcomes: Construct a simple search strategy, use advanced searching such as field searching, limiting, truncation and Boolean operators

Next Steps for you:

1. Assign Unravel 2 Online (give students this URL: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/). Instruct students to take the four Unravel modules and take the quiz. Students can then print out the quiz and turn in to you. They can log in at any time to access quiz results.

OR

Have us create an Unravel 2 Moodle page for your class. We can create a Moodle page with the modules and quiz. It will auto-populate with your students (no enrollment key needed). You will then be able to view your student’s progress and quiz results within the Moodle site. If you would like us to set this up please contact Kate Peterson (katep@umn.edu, 6-3746) or Andrew Palahnuik (ampala@umn.edu, 4-0365).

2. Assign Unravel the Library Face-to-Face workshop. Instruct students to register for an Unravel 1, 2 or 3 workshop at http://www.lib.umn.edu/registration/.

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