These pages were created as a knowledge-sharing community between Rhetoric instructors and Library Instruction Services (LIS) in order to facilitate the integration of research skills into the RHE 306 classroom. The content was first created during a Fall 2008 semester-long pilot where LIS librarians collaborated with four Rhetoric instructors and Dr. Mark Longaker, the Rhetoric 306 Director. During this collaboration, these four instructors taught library research themselves rather than scheduling a library instruction session. The material on these pages represents a mix of materials LIS librarians felt would be useful and materials requested by RHE instructors over the course of the pilot. 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.
Please feel free to request explanations, assignments, guides and resources that you don't see listed here already.
How to Use these Materials
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. You can also search the pages using the search box in the upper-right hand side.
The topics pages are generally structured the same way - first there is an explanation, then suggested exercises to reinforce the concepts you just covered, handouts, if available, and links to relevant resources. You can browse by topics to the left, or search using the search box above right.
You should feel free to modify any materials here for use in your classroom.
The Resources for RHE 306 Students
page covers resources (primarily, but not exclusively, library databases) you may want to introduce to your students and tips for using these resources.
Use this form
to reserve a classroom in the libraries for one meeting of your class.
Contact LIS Staff
We look forward to working with you and supporting you as you incorporate this material into your course. Please don't hesitate to contact Michele Ostrow
or Elise Nacca