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Discipline-Specific Library Instruction for Millennial Students

Discipline-Specific Library Instruction for Millennial Students

The Ohio State University Libraries offers an introduction to library research to students in survey courses that introduce them to the university. Through an online assignment called Make the Leap, students expand their skills in finding web sites, books, and journal articles via the use of a web search engine, the library catalog, and a research database. In 2006, the assignment was retooled to target engineering students using topics and tools relevant to engineering and computer science students. This article details the pedagogies and strategies of both versions of the assignment and shows evidence for student and instructor preference toward the subject-specific version. Possible future directions for the Make the Leap program, including scaffolding and other subject-specific... Show More
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