Undergraduate Research: February 2010 Archives

PRCs Open Houses

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PRC Open Houses
Come and meet the Peer Research Consultants and talk to Jody Gray and Kate Peterson about this program at this open house.  Please encourage all staff to stop by.

When: February 22, 2009 12:30pm-1:30pm
Where: Wilson Library S30A


When: March 1, 2010 12:30pm-1:30pm
Where: Appleby 169


The Peer Research Consultants (PRC) program's goal is to support FYW students as they do library research and find sources to use in their writing. The PRCs build on skills learned in the Unravel the Library workshops.

For more information visit: http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/prc. The PRCs are also linked from the Undergraduate Virtual Library (http://www.lib.umn.edu/undergrad/).
Here is a message I sent the First Year Writing Instructors list about the PRCs for Spring:


PRC_ad_UGVL.jpgDo you have a student who need extra help with research? Do you have any students who complain they can't find any sources? Do some of your students bibliographies not meet your expectations? Please talk to your students about the Peer Research Consultants (PRC) program. The program's goal is to support FYW students as they do library research and find sources to use in their writing. Your students can sit down one-on-one and get personalized research help on their topics. The PRCs build on skills learned in the Unravel the Library workshops.

New for spring:

*Evening drop-in hours available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with daily drop-in hours Monday-Friday in Wilson Library, Walter Library, and Appleby Hall.
*Students can get a certificate to show they have worked with the PRCs. This can be useful for giving points or extra credit.
*Like last semester, the PRCs are available for class visits and/or we can send you fliers for class distribution.

How many students were seen in fall?

*The PRCs met with over 60 students in fall semester-this exceeded our estimates for this new program.
*Over 60% of students were in WRIT 1301 and 3% from WRIT 1201
*In general, students met with PRCs for over 30 minutes for in-depth guidance

What did students have to say about the PRCs?

Here are some quotes from students this fall:

*"She was very helpful when I was looking for specific information on the library website. She explained the website very well and gave excellent tips!"
*"He was very helpful in  helping me figure out what I wanted to write my paper on and where I could find the sources. Afterwards I was able to understand my paper."
*"Approachable advising that assisted me with furthering my research goals; very useful."

How do students find out about the PRCs?

*From you--their class instructors. Over 50% of the students heard about the program from FYW instructors.

For more information visit: http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/prc. The PRCs are also linked from the Undergraduate Virtual Library (http://www.lib.umn.edu/undergrad). 

Points of View

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PointsOfView.jpgI attended a Minitex webinar on Points of View Reference Center (http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=16002). It is an ebsco product and brings together "an overview (objective background/description), point (argument),counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide" to common "paper topics."

I wonder if there is a way to bring together this and CQ Researcher to form some sort of "paper topic" page so students could click on a topic and get directly into on of these "reports." Seems like it would be a good place to explore or get background information.

What do you think? Do we need stuff organized by "topic"? Maybe for first year writing?

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