WHAT IS RESEARCH PATH?
Research Path, adapted from Western Michigan University Libraries, is an online, interactive Web-based research tutorial designed to introduce students to general information literacy concepts and information resources. The tutorial covers the research process from initial topic selection to citation styles and the issue of plagiarism.
RESEARCH PATH content is organized into six modules, complete with quizzes.
- Module 1 – College Level Research
- Module 2 – Getting The Assignment Ready for Research – Define and refine a research topic
- Module 3 –Searching the Westchester Community College Library Catalog – Learn how to use the Library catalog
- Module 4 – Finding Articles – Learn how to search the Library articles databases
- Module 5 –Searching the Internet – Learn how to effectively search and evaluate the Internet
- Module 6 – Citing Sources – Learn basic citation and how to avoid plagiarism
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- Each of the tutorial’s six modules takes about 5-7 minutes to complete and students can complete one or more modules at a time, although the modules are progressive and build upon one another.
- It is interactive; there are opportunities for students to do hands-on exercise in each module and a final quiz at the end of each module to assess student’s knowledge and learning. A summary of questions answered right or wrong, with correct and incorrect feedback is also provided.
- Quizzes are automatically graded and scores can be made available to the instructor. Faculty also have the option of incorporating the tutorial into course Blackboard shells with no quizzes.
- Students can complete the tutorial on their own time outside of class.
HOW CAN I INTEGRATE THE TUTORIAL INTO MY TEACHING?
- Research Path is available to students and faculty through the online learning management system Blackboard. The tutorial can be assigned as a graded class assignment or as extra credit.
- Including Research Path in your syllabus provides a powerful tool for encouraging students to use it.
- Research Path will allow you to identify strengths and weaknesses of your students’ information literacy skills and will provide direction for your course in order to better develop the skills of your students.
WHO IS RESEARCH PATH DESIGNED FOR?
- Research Path can be used by students taking online courses, as a supplement to a one-shot information literacy session or as a link in the courses BB shell.
- Research Path is designed for all students in all classes to meet the information literacy requirement of SUNY. We strongly encourage all instructors to assign Research Path to their students.
DOES RESEARCH PATH REPLACE LIBRARY INSTRUCTION?
- We continue to offer course-related library instruction and hope that you will incorporate a library session into your syllabus. Research Path will supplement concepts learned in an information literacy session and serve as a review for student’s face-to-face experience.
If you would like to help your students learn to find and critically evaluate information sources, you can add Research Path to your Blackboard shell by clicking on the link below:
Information Literacy Librarian
Harold L. Drimmer Learning Resource Center
Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY 10595