Research Practices Instruction Program

Information literacy skills are at the heart of a liberal arts education. The Research Practices instruction program at Oxford College Library orients students not only to the use of library resources but also to the nature and processes of research and critical inquiry. Our library instruction program aims to teach our students not just how to search databases and locate information, but also how to evaluate that information critically, incorporate it into one's knowledge base, and use it legally and ethically. To achieve this we work with faculty members from all departments across campus to design a library instruction session that is unique to that class and based on instructor-selected student learning outcomes. The sessions are focused on student needs, and we do much more than just teaching students how to find books or articles.  In addition to orienting students to the library resources available to them, we can also assist you with:

  • Designing a successful research assignment
  • Integrating research skills into a semester-long course
  • Explaining the research process
  • Finding and evaluating information on the Internet
  • Teaching students about plagiarism, academic integrity, and bibliographic citations
  • Showing students how to organize information and incorporate it into a research project
  • Developing an appropriate timeline for research assignments

Library instruction helps students think critically about the world around them and the information they encounter on a daily basis, and it prepares them to be lifelong learners, innovators, and creators. By providing classroom-based library instruction to students as they prepare research projects, the library supports the College's Liberal Arts Intensive philosophy, which emphasizes critical and creative thinking, inquiry analysis, and problem solving.

To schedule a library instruction session for your class or for more information about the Research Practices program, you can contact your Personal Librarian, call or e-mail Courtney Baron, Teaching and Learning Librarian, at 770-784-4643.

Our Statistics

In the 2015-2016 academic year, the Research Practices team:

  • Taught 200 library instruction classes
  • Offered 320 research and archives consultations with faculty and students
  • Had 5,614 contacts at the Information Desk 
  • Coordinated visits with the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library to bring archival materials to Oxford College
  • Taught several podcasting workshops using Audacity audio-editing software for students in English and Film Studies courses
  • Created a digital storytelling workshop for students in a Philosophy honors seminar
  • Offered nighttime workshops on Zotero, Excel, JSTOR, and Lexis Nexus
  • Partnered with ReVision, the student feminist group, to sponsor the 2016 Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at Oxford
  • Participated on the Emory Libraries’ Information Literacy Framework Task Force
  • Presented on information literacy threshold concepts to Oxford faculty at a Lunch and Learn session

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