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Research Guides

The Learning Services department is currently offering a range of online resources and OWRC consultations you can mix and match to meet the needs of students in your composition classes this year. Our goal is for students to learn how to use the UW Libraries strategically, ask questions, and hone their research skills in a manner that is supportable by you and our Learning Services staff.

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Option 1a: Consultations [for instructors]

  • Use the consultation option as a gateway to conversation about the research dimensions of your syllabus. A consultation will help you choose which option on the menu is right for your needs.  Talk about assignment design, ideas for information literacy activities, Canvas materials, and other ways to help your students practice information research skills, identify and use sources appropriately, or to help develop an appropriate and effective research assignment for your course.
  • Familiarize yourself with UW Libraries resources for teaching your students some key practices in finding and using information sources: DIY Information Literacy Instruction Resources
     
  • BOOK A CONSULTATION

Option 1b: Research Consultations [for students]

Sometimes there's just no substitute for one-on-one help. Encourage your students to make an appointment with a Student Research Consultant on defining a research question, exploring background information, narrowing or broadening a topic, finding appropriate sources, and identifying useful and credible information. Choose from online appointments via Zoom or an in-person appointment in the OWRC. Urge your class to bring us your assignment prompt and make as many appointments as they need.

RECOMMEND A STUDENT RESEARCH CONSULTATION: (Put this link in your syllabus) Book a Research Consultation in the OWRC

Option 2: In-Class Workshops

30-45 minute active learning exercises by a Student Research Consultant that can take place in your classroom or (in some cases) via Zoom. Workshop availability is dependent upon consultants' schedule. [Because of scheduling, travel, and other considerations, this option is not available for UW in the High School sections.]

Choose from the following topics:]

TIP: If students need a quiet place to attend a Zoom class visit, they can use Scout to find study spaces across campus. Selecting a space in Odegaard Library will automatically place them close to the OWRC where more help may be available.

BOOK AN IN-CLASS WORKSHOP:  https://cal.lib.uw.edu/appointments/classvisits

Option 3: Online Tutorials

Option A: The Undergraduate Researcher Tutorial An all-purpose research tutorial on many critical aspects of finding, evaluating, and using sources for newer students. Its six modules cover strategic reading, evaluating information, database search skills, citation and its management, sharing research, and finding school/life balance.  Feel free to explore and choose any module or unit that supports or extends your learning goals by assigning a module to students or importing tutorial content from Canvas Commons.  If appropriate use of any resource is unclear, book an instructor consultation to speak to a librarian about ways to make this option work for you.

Option B: The Library Research 101 Notebook* is a self-paced Google Forms-based interactive activity that you can assign to orient your students to the Libraries' research tools and to help them do some introductory research. While it is designed to be completed asynchronously, it can also be used as the outline for a class, as long as students have means to complete the form and perform the searches they are prompted to do along the way. 

Two options for using the Notebook:

  1. Complete the public version of the Notebook, have results emailed to them, and forward them on to you;
  2. Or, create a copy of the Notebook for your own class, and either use it as-is or tweak the content to suit your individual class assignments. You will see the results of your students' work as individual responses and collated in Google Sheet upon completion. 

 

Tech tip: The Notebook is a Google Form, so the UW IT Connect website is your source for specific technical support, and the Google Workplace Learning Center has excellent guides for training and help.  

 

* The Notebook was inspired by a similar project at UC Berkeley.

Student Research Consultations

Sometimes there's just no substitute for one-on-one help. Encourage your students to make an appointment with a student research  consultant on defining a research question, exploring background information, narrowing or broadening a topic, finding appropriate sources, and identifying useful and credible information. Choose from online appointments via Zoom or an in-person appointment in the Odegaard Writing & Research Center (OWRC.)

More Options

 

UW Libraries Teaching & Learning Portal for Instructors.
https://www.lib.washington.edu/teaching/teaching-support

An overview on all aspects of Libraries support for your course or section, including managing course materials, use of handouts and tutorials, synchronous and asynchronous online class instruction and workshops, consultations for either you or your students, and assignment design collaboration. Essentially a web-based version of this document.

Two of our most-consulted guides introduce students to the basic concepts and tools for source evaluation and the purposes and practice of citation in various styles.

EVALUATING: https://guides.lib.uw.edu/research/evaluate/
CITING: https://guides.lib.uw.edu/research/citations 

 

Library 101 Toolkit for Instructors (From Duke University Libraries)
https://sites.duke.edu/library101_instructors/

Lessons and activities aimed at writing instructors and librarians to teach basic research skills and concepts.

English Composition Research Guide [for students]
https://guides.lib.uw.edu/research/englishcomp

Student-facing research guide that presents some basic multidisciplinary research sources appropriate for most 100-level PWR courses. Gets students into the habit of using the Libraries discipline-focused Research Guides as a starting point for literature review.

Multimodal Support

Odegaard Sound Studio
https://itconnect.uw.edu/guides-by-topic/technology-facilities/sound-studio/

Odegaard library houses a sound studio that both instructors and their students can book. The second floor desk also checks out microphones that do not pick up sound unless spoken into. It is the perfect space for instructors interested in audio/video pedagogies and podcasts and there are technicians available who can help set up. 
BOOK THE SOUND STUDIO: https://cal.lib.uw.edu/space/11930

Learning Technologies Workshop Support
https://itconnect.uw.edu/tools-services-support/teaching-learning/workshops/

Online video workshops include Photoshop fundamentals, Audacity (audio editing application), and iMovie (Apple film editing).
BOOK ONE: https://itconnect.uw.edu/tools-services-support/teaching-learning/workshops/#calendar
 

Digital Storytelling
https://www.lib.washington.edu/openscholarship/services/digital-storytelling

Learn tools and techniques to communicate your research in a more engaging manner.
SIGN UP FOR A PODCASTING WORKSHOPhttps://sites.uw.edu/libstory/podcasting/syllabus-for-podcasting/
SIGN UP FOR A VIDEO STORYTELLING WORKSHOP: https://sites.uw.edu/libstory/video-storytelling/syllabus-for-video/


Open Scholarship Commons Group Working Spaces
https://www.lib.washington.edu/openscholarship/space

In-person services and collaboration spaces for 21st century open scholarship. Scroll down the page for availability and booking for space