Friday, September 23, 2005

Where's the Information?

As a result of doing some preliminary research for a faculty member, I discovered an article m by Jill D. Jenson, "It's The Information Age, So Where's the Information? Why Our Students Can't Find It and What We can Do To Help." This was published last year in College Teaching (vol. 52/no.3) pp. 107-112. While the whole article is wortth taking time to read carefully, I particularly liked one of her solutions : "Include a Trip to the Library as Part of the Students' Learning." I agree with Ms. Jenson that we have too often made research seem as easy as a keyboard away and ignored those materials only truly understood by hands on practice. Another point I liked is "Teach Students the Language of Library Research and Then Teach Them the Language of Electronic Library Research." If you don't have this journal in print or accessible via full text, send an ILL request to your nearest provider. the article will help you make your case for better research methodology. Your students and --faculty frustrated with poorly research papers--will ultimately thank you.

1 comment:

Robert M. Lindsey said...

Thanks for the tip, I will get the article right away!