Teaching Students Online Research Strategies

Sarah McDaniel, Coordinator of Library and Information Literacy Instruction, UW-Madison Libraries
Steve Frye, Head of Reference Services, College Library

For many of our students, the world of information begins and ends with what's available on the "free Web." This can be very frustrating to faculty and instructors who expect their students to find and use information that is neither available nor easily found via Google. Furthermore, students' understanding of the concept 'research' can be vastly different than the process envisioned by their instructors. This session will begin with an exploration of what is often a disconnect between students' understanding of a research assignment and faculty expectations. We'll then discuss strategies for helping students understand the research process while developing the skills needed to successfully locate, access, and evaluate the information they need.

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UW-Madison Library Resources

Campus Library and Information Literacy Instruction Program

This site provides an overview of our program and includes the following information:

  • Characteristics of information literate students
  • Planning a course integrated session and/or workshop
  • Designing research assignments
  • Communication Requirement A & B and information literacy instruction
  • Plagiarism resources

Library Course Pages – Overview

Campus Library User Education (CLUE) tutorial

Research Tips

Ask a Librarian – For quick answers to library and research related questions:

Subject Liaisons – For in-depth subject specific research assistance

National Studies and Reports

Net Generation Students and Libraries

The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2007

07Oct-Eped-56K.mp322.79 MB
ePed-OnlineResearch.ppt5.9 MB