With access to a constantly expanding number of sources, students can easily become overwhelmed as they research for a paper, or may not even know where to start. Brandeis librarians can help by creating subject-specific and assignment-driven instructional materials, such as research guides, tutorials, and LATTE modules.

Librarians have created guides for different academic disciplines, specific courses, and for research topics. These guides include information about recommended resources and tips for effective research. Check out a few examples:

Librarians can also develop interactive tutorials which introduce search strategies along with specialized online databases and research tools. As an example, the library tutorial for UWS students covers:

  • how to find books, articles and other types of sources using Brandeis Library’s OneSearch
  • setting up an Interlibrary Loan account
  • ways to get help with research at Brandeis

These tutorials can also incorporate mini-quizzes which provide immediate feedback to the students.

LATTE presents another option for incorporating research-related instructional materials into a course. During the 2015-16 academic year, professor Colleen Hitchcock and Science librarian Melanie Radik developed an information literacy module module for an Ecology class and a Conservation Biology class:

A librarian would be happy to work with you on developing a LATTE module integrating library resources or research skills with your overall curriculum.

Please contact your library liaison if you are interested in a research guide, tutorial, or LATTE module for your students!

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