Information and Research Tools Track

Sessions List

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Your Embedded Librarian, Personalized!

Just as news correspondents have been embedded on the front lines with troops, librarians can be embedded into courses on the front line of instruction.  Embedded librarians can bring the library and library resources to you and your students.  During the session, participants will:

  • Be able to define the concept of embedded librarianship
  • See and discuss ways librarians may be integrated into courses
  • Learn how librarians may support student learning

This session will help faculty give their students expert assistance with papers and other research projects, as well as helping familiarize all with the services available for both students and faculty.

Session Time: 60 minutes, Presented by: Terri Summey, WAW Library.  Prerequisites: None.

Cite It - Fast and Right!  Zotero to the Rescue

Need a quick and easy way to download and save citations from databases and Web sites?  How about a portable organization system for multiple writing and research projects?  Zotero is here to rescue you!  Zotero is a free bibliographic software program that works with browsers such as Firefox and Google Chrome to help you manage and create references for a number of citation styles, including MLA, APA, and Chicago.  Think of Zotero as your personal research assistant!  In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Use Zotero with your preferred Internet browser
  • Locate and download citations from Web sites, the library catalog, and library databases into Zotero "folders"
  • Create and save a bibliography in Zotero for your discipline's preferred citation style

Zotero can help you and your students organize citations and other information collected during research.

Session Time: 60 minutes, Presented by: Cynthia Akers, WAW Library.  Prerequisites: None.

Intellectual Property and Copyright

What are current fair use/copyright issues?  What effect has the recent George State copyright ruling had on academe?  In this 60 minute sessions, issues of intellectual rights and guidelines will be discussed.  We’ll take a look at Wikipedia and Creative Commons, offer some truly free-for-use sites for images and music, and provide worksheets to help you stay on the right side of copyright.  Users in this session will:

  • Take away websites that offer freely usable images, audio, and video
  • Discuss fair use and the opportunities it offers
  • Work on what isn’t fair use and why

It's important to use copyright and fair use information wisely to set the right example for students and remain within federal laws and guidelines.

Session Time: 60 minutes, Presented by: Terri Summey and Sandy Valenti.  Prerequisites: None.

Google Power Searching

Google Inside Search offers advanced search help, tips and tricks for searching, a blog, and more.  Participants in this session will explore the search tool that is Google, including tips and tricks, a playground tool, and more.  This session also includes information on Boolean searches and basic search operators.  By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Be able to parse Boolean search terms
  • Use Google inside search to refine search terms and operators
  • Discuss student use scenarios for Google Power Search.

Better search skills make for better informed papers and other research projects.  Boolean searching is a powerful tool for "clearing the clutter" from searches, while including pertinent keywords.

Session Time: 60 minutes, Presented by: Alex Mudd, WAW Library, and Rob Gibson.  Prerequisites: None.

Information Literacy - Info, Info, Everywhere

Students are bombarded with information every minute of every day, but how do they search for information when it is required for their academic work and how do they access, evaluate, and use those resources?  How can faculty and staff recognize, address, and refer student information needs, while working with tools that are still familiar to students?  This session will define and elaborate on the concept of information literacy and address how students are using (or misusing) information in their academic lives.  By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand basic issues regarding the online research trends of undergraduates
  • be aware of information literacy standards, indicators, and outcomes
  • Be able to appropriately address and/or refer information literacy needs

When your students understand what constitutes appropriate, credible information results, they will have a better chance of managing the enormous influx of information that confronts each of us daily.

Session Time: 60 minutes, Presented by: Matt Upson, WAW Library.  Prerequisites: None.

The Electronic Survey – Data Collection at a Click         

Whether you’re conducting a full-blown research study or just want to ask a few questions in an informal setting, an electronic survey is a convenient tool for use by you and your students.  This session will cover some popular, free polling tools (including some for mobile) and a review of the Zoomerang Online Surveys and pools tool.  By the end of the session, users will:

  • Be able to select and use a survey tool based on specific information needs
  • Construct a simple survey
  • Be able to apply skip logic when applicable
  • Use built-in survey tools to analyze survey results

Using an electronic poll or survey can help you and your students measure student comprehension and collect data on a variety of topics.

Session Time: 60 minutes, Presented by: Sandy Valenti.  Prerequisites: None.

Writing Better Survey Questions

Asking the right questions the right way is a key part of obtaining solid survey data.  In this session, we will explore well-constructed survey questions, along with those poorly created.  Should your question be closed- or open-ended?  Have you created a double-barreled question?  Do your questions create bias or make assumptions?  Would a Likert-type scale be most effective?  By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Be able to identify double-barreled questions
  • Describe situations where open-ended questions might not be preferred
  • Write unbiased survey questions

Asking the right questions in the right way can help you analyze data more easily and provide you with clearer, less ambiguous or biased data.

Session Time: 60 minutes, Presented by: Sandy Valenti.  Prerequisites: None.

Engaging Students with Treasures from Special Collections and Archives:  Incorporating Primary Sources into Your Courses

Have you wondered what useful resources might exist behind the doors of the ESU Special Collections and Archives?  This session will introduce participants to the range of materials available there and discuss how they can be incorporated into courses to challenge students with concepts of critical thinking and primary source research.  By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Discover the range of pertinent holdings at the ESU Special Collections and Archives
  • Understand how primary sources can be incorporated into courses to encourage critical thinking
  • Learn about student orientations and critical thinking units that ESU Special Collections and Archives have offered in the past

Session Time:  60 minutes, Presented by: Ashley Todd-Diaz, WAW Library.  Prerequisites:  None.

WorldCat Local:  A Google-like View of our Local Catalog

The library's new Discovery platform is a library catalog for the 21st century!  It integrates all library items like print books, DVDs, and music scores with electronic content like journal articles, eBooks, and more.

You now have easier and quicker access to many full text articles and eBooks, as well as a WorldCat account in which you can make lists and gather citations in a variety of formats. Get started now at  By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Gain basic information retrieval skills when using a discovery platform catalog
  • Learn how to locate and retrieve eJournals and articles using the new A-Z list
  • Participate in a compare and contrast learning activity of White Library's old catalog with the Discovery catalog

Session Time:  60 minutes, Presented by: Earl Givens and Art Gutierrez, WAW Library.  Prerequisites:  None.

It's 2AM.  Do You Know Where Your Resources Are? (LibGuides)

Are your students using Google and Wikipedia when doing library research?  With LibGuides your students will find the resources they need and show the information they didn't even know existed to create their research papers.  LibGuides' flexibility and ease of use empowers librarians to tailor subject and course guides for instruction and research use.  By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Learn how LibGuides can help you and your students
  • Develop ideas to create customized LibGuides for instruction and research
  • Explore current LibGuides found on the library's Web site

Session Time:  60 minutes, Presented by Terri Summey, WAW Library.  Prerequisites:  None

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