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, Head of Library Teaching and Outreach Services, at 770-784-4643.

Our Statistics

In the 2017-2018 academic year, the Research Practices team:

  • Taught 192 library instruction classes
  • Offered 325 research and archives consultations for faculty and students
  • Had 7,298 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 sound design workshops using Audacity audio-editing software for students in  Theater courses
  • Taught a workshop for Oxford College faculty on incorporating information literacy into their Discovery Seminars at IPLA 2018
  • Taught a workshop on copyright and fair use and provided support for Omeka, a digital collections content management system, to Oxford faculty at the Teaching and Learning with Technology Institute
  • Offered workshops on Zotero to students in English, biology, economics, and chemistry courses
  • Partnered with ReVision, the student feminist group, to sponsor the 2018 Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at Oxford
  • Hosted an in-class Art + Feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for students in Art 102
  • Created online modules based on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
  • Participated on the Emory Libraries’ Information Literacy Framework Taskforce 
  • Participated on ID-COP, Instructor Development Community of Practice, composed of teaching librarians from all Emory Libraries
  • Met with the Discovery Course faculty to begin the planning process for the second pilot in fall 2018
  • Presented a session for the other Emory librarians on the Research Practices instructional program and its connections to the General Education Program at Oxford College
  • Published a book chapter "Images Have Value: Changing Student Perceptions of Using Images in Art History" in the ACRL publication Disciplinary Applications of Threshold Concepts

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