RHE 398T Teaching Materials

RHE 306 in Fall 2016

What a fantastic time to be teaching information literacy skills. I'm so glad to be on this journey with you. I'll be sending information your way throughout the semester to support you to teach these skills. Please send feedback and questions anytime. I love to hear from RHE 306 AIs.

Here's an example of why it's so important to teach these skills this fall: The highly reliable, definitely-not-crazy places where Donald Trump gets his news (Washington Post, 8/12/16). This may be a good starting place for students to see an example of how irresponsibile research skills can have terrible consequences on a national scale. 

Introduction and Background

These pages were created as a knowledge-sharing community between Rhetoric instructors and Teaching & Learning Services (TLS) in order to facilitate the integration of research skills into the RHE 306 classroom. The materials are constantly being updated as resources and the curriculum change.
Our goal for moving away from the single library instruction session and to this integrated model is to improve student learning of important research and information evaluation skills. Teaching these skills over the course of a semester, rather than in a one hour class, means that students can be introduced to concepts at the point of need over the course of the entire semester, skills can build upon each other, and fundamental concepts can be revisited.

Materials to Support your Teaching


You can use the left-hand navigation to work through the topics, unit-by-unit; the content was created and structured to follow you throughout the semester as you build upon research concepts with your students. The Topics pages are generally structured the same way - first there is an explanation and tips about how to introduce the topic in class, suggested exercises you can use to reinforce the concepts you just covered, handouts, if available, and links to relevant resources and how to search them. You can also search the teaching materials using the search box at the bottom left. You should feel free to modify any materials here for use in your classroom, as well as request explanations, guides and resources that you don't see listed here already.

Plagiarism Prevention

Want to teach your students about plagiarism? We have a tutorial, classes and activities to help students avoid plagiarism. Here is a brief radio clip produced in Austin by two UT professors: Two Guys on Your Head: Plagiarism, Intellectual Property and Where to Draw the Line

Materials for your Students

The For RHE Students page is designed for your students as a research guide for the course and you are encouraged to share the link with them. The page covers resources (primarily, but not exclusively, library databases) helpful to your students and tips for using these resources.

Contact a librarian

We look forward to working with you and supporting you as you incorporate this material into your course. Please don't hesitate to contact your librarian, Elise Nacca. You may also connect students directly to me for research help.