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Instructional Support for College Writing and English Courses

Online Library Skill Modules | In-Person Instructional Support | Advanced English Courses

Information literacy education is a shared objective of the College Writing Program and University Libraries. In a collaborative effort to work toward this objective, University Libraries is offering online skill modules and in-person instruction.

Online Library Skill Modules

Online library skill modules provide an opportunity for students to learn basic research and library skills in an online environment allowing them to work independently and at their own pace. The modules are flash-based and take 8 to 12 minutes each to complete. They are available at www.library.kent.edu/skill_modules.

  Quizzes for the modules can be placed in Vista8 course sections. They are brief, 10-question assessments that reinforce the content of the modules and confirm that students have completed the modules. If you choose to use the modules and/or quizzes, we recommend that students take the quizzes until they achieve a competency level of at least 8 correct answers out of 10. Student scores are reported to your Vista8 course grade book.  The specific skill modules/quizzes listed below are automatically placed in the following courses: ENG 11001, ENG 11002, ENG 11011 and ENG 21011. To have the library skill modules and assessments placed within another course, please contact Ken Burhanna at kburhann@kent.edu


 

Recommended Library Skill Modules for  ENG 11001

  • Module 1: Developing a Search Strategy: Tips and Tricks     
  • Module 2: KentLINK Part 1 -- Searching for Books by Topic       
  • Module 3: KentLINK Part 2 -- Finding Books on the Shelf
  • Module 7: Avoiding Plagiarism

Three quizzes correspond to these modules (one quiz covers KentLINK 1 & 2)

 

Recommended Library Skill Modules for  ENG 11002

  • Module 4: Research Databases Part 1 -- Searching for Articles by Topic   
  • Module 5: Research Databases Part 2 -- Locating Full Text Journal Articles       
  • Module 6: Evaluating Information on the Web   
  • Module 8: MLA Style Tutorial

Three quizzes correspond to these modules (one quiz covers Research Databases 1 & 2)

 

Recommended Library Skill Modules for  ENG 11011

  • Module 1: Developing a Search Strategy: Tips and Tricks     
  • Module 2: KentLINK Part 1 -- Searching for Books by Topic       
  • Module 3: KentLINK Part 2 -- Finding Books on the Shelf     
  • Module 4: Research Databases Part 1 -- Searching for Articles by Topic   
  • Module 5: Research Databases Part 2 -- Locating Full Text Journal Articles       
  • Module 6: Evaluating Information on the Web   
  • Module 7: Avoiding Plagiarism 
  • Module 8: MLA Style Tutorial

Five quizzes correspond to these modules (one quiz covers KentLINK 1 &2 and one quiz covers Research Databases 1 & 2).  

 

Recommended Library Skill Modules for ENG 21011

  • Module 7: Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Module 8: MLA Style Tutorial

Each of these modules has a corresponding quiz.

An in-person instruction session (at your classroom or at the library) is also highly recommended for ENG 21011. See below for more information about an instruction session.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Skill Modules

Can you tell me more about what the modules cover?

What if I don’t use Vista8 for my classes?

What if my student tells me they already completed these modules in another class?

Can I add the modules myself?

How do I assign these modules to my students?

Why are the modules on plagiarism and MLA Style recommended for both tiers of College Writing?

I see a module on MLA Style, but I use APA Style.

If I have all the modules added to my course, do I need to assign them all.

How do I view my Vista8 grade book?

 

In-Person Instructional Support for College Writing  

You can schedule a librarian to provide in-person instruction for your class. This is highly recommended for ENG 21011. The librarian can come to your class room or you can bring your students to the library. The session can take the form of Class Research Consultation or be tailored to your specific needs.

The Class Research Consultation offers an opportunity for ENG 21011 students to get a more in-depth, hands-on experience with a variety of research tools and techniques. Using a web form available at www.library.kent.edu/instructionrequest you may request a session. A menu of options is available and a variety of approaches possible. Instructors can select the approach desired from a menu of options available and approaches outlined on the form. Once you have made a request, an instruction librarian will contact you to collaborate on the development of a session tailored to your students’ needs.

Some tips for success include: 

  • Plan the research consultation at the point of need, at a time in the semester when students have selected a preliminary topic for their papers. In this way they can begin researching their own topics during the session. ·        
  • Poll your students ahead of time to find out if they have had library instruction (online modules, seminars, visits with other courses) in the past to gauge their current level of comfort/skill. This information will be helpful when filling out your web form request and when collaborating with the librarian. ·        
  • Be prepared to share your research assignment(s) with the librarian. This is crucial to ensuring that we understand the full extent of the students’ information needs.

 Advanced English Instruction

Specialized library instruction for courses at the 20000 level and higher is available. The goal of this service is to tailor research guidance to the topics specifically covered in courses. Please contact Tammy Voelker, subject librarian for English to schedule class instruction.


For questions or assistance contact:

Tammy Voelker
Subject Librarian for the Humanities
330-672-3091
tvoelker@kent.edu

Ken Burhanna
Head of Instructional Services
330-672-1660
kburhann@kent.edu

For more about the library's instruction program go to
the Instruction section of the Faculty web page.