Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Learn research "best practices" for high school and beyond

Research Basics for High School Students is a free, Moodle-based research skills course/curriculum developed with librarian partners.  Aimed at addressing the needs of college-bound students, each of the three modules includes video lessons, practice learning activities, a short quiz and a badge reward system to help high school students build academic research skills.

JSTOR, a subscription-based digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources, offers the course, but you don't have to have a subscription (as an institution or individual) in order to take advantage of the course. (Please note that Fauquier County Public Library is not a subscribing institution.)

The course is made up of three self-paced modules, each containing three short (approx. 10 minute) video lessons and three corresponding sets of practice activities. Each module ends with a quiz to test your knowledge.

  • Module 1 includes: Effective Searching: Using Library Tools (on databases), Smart Searching Methods (search strategies), Managing Information Overload (planning, refining, documenting);
  • Module 2 includes: Establishing Credibility: The A-B-Cs of Scholarly Sources, Additional Ways of Identifying Scholarly Sources, Verifying Online Sources
  • Module 3 includes: Citing Scholarly Work: Creating Citations, Citing and Paraphrasing, Works Cited, Bibliographies, and Notes
Students may receive up to three badges, one for each of the course modules.

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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