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1 Improving Writing through Research Helping Students Become Autonomous Researchers and More Confident Writers Kevin Catalano and Roberta Tipton February 25, 2009

2 How We Planned the Course  Kevin wrote down his steps for teaching students to write in English 102  Bobbie wrote down the information literacy topics we had discussed  Kevin put the information literacy topics where he thought they would best fit.  Don’t turn away from changing your order; it can lead to interesting results!

3 RefWorks: Yes or No?  Students love it  It takes lots of class time and explanations  It may be overkill for the class project, but it is an investment in future writing/research projects for the students.

4 Pros and Cons of Meta-Searching  Students love it.  It can be completely overwhelming for someone beginning to weave research into writing—too much and too unstructured.  Students must have a citation manager like RefWorks, EndNote, or Zotero in order to use Google Scholar or Rutgers Searchlight efficiently.

5 Weaving the Elements Together  We planned out each class and where we thought research would fit.  Bobbie taught two full classes at Dana Library, taught pieces of others (15 to 30 minutes as needed), and attended still others as an observer/participant—6 classes in all.  Research materials placed in Blackboard

6 A Tour of the Blackboard Site  Dana Class Guide to Ishmael  RefWorks hints  The Publication Continuum  Inspiring quotes for writing/research  Plagiarism/documentation guide  Three Ways to Organize Research/Writing

7 Counting Up: Assessing the Students  MLA Format Rubrics  SRL Survey: Pretest and Posttest

8 Rubrics for MLA Format  Two rubrics developed  Librarian contributed points to grade for annotated bibliography and final paper

9 Scoring the Pre- and Posttests  Kevin chose 15 questions specific to writing and research  Bobbie scored pretests and posttests  Results were encouraging!


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