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Activity title: Developing Research Skills Before and During the Library Workshop

Author: Shannon Hervey

Activity Brief Description: This activity asks students to fill out a workshop that directs them through questions intended to help them connect research methodology (considering the different ways primary and second sources contribute to research; thinking about how they might integrate different types of sources into their research project, etc.) to the concrete research they'll do during their library workshop.

Course: PWR 1, though might be adapted to PWR 2 for use separate from a scheduled library workshop

Activity Length & Schedule: The first half should could be folded into class work, individually or collaboratively, but could also be assigned to be completed outside of class time before a scheduled workshop with a librarian.  The second half should be completed during the library workshop.

Activity Goals:  Through this activity, students will

  • Distinguish between different types of sources and how they might be used in supporting a research-based argument
  • Analyze the difference between primary and secondary materials in relation to their own research topic
  • Develop criteria for analyzing the credibility of digital texts
  • Apply strategies learned in the library workshop for gathering sources.

Activity Details:  See worksheet (PWR instructors only: Canvas log-in required).