Libraries Provide Instruction to Over 3,000 Freshman Students through English 101 Classes
Over 3,000 students attended the Libraries’ instructional sessions for freshman students enrolled in English 101 classes over the past several weeks. In total, 160 sessions were held and students were taught fundamental research skills and to effectively use library resources to locate scholarly information.
The sessions provided a brief introduction to the characteristics of databases and database search techniques. This was followed by students working independently to conduct research for their projects as library instructors offered individual guidance.
This year, librarian for undergraduate learning Nancy Bellafante worked with the director of the Freshman Writing Program, Rebecca Ingalls, to develop a set of learning modules. These modules include multimedia tutorials and self-assessments as well as links to reference sources, databases and research tools. Embedding these materials within the online environment offers students easier access to the resources needed for their research.
Through embedding library research preparation in the Freshman Writing Program and English 101 classes, and following up with a hands-on session, librarians get maximum use of their minimal amount of face time with new students.
The Libraries received numerous comments from students about the instructional sessions. Comments included:
“It was one of the more useful sessions I've had since I have arrived at Drexel.”
“The librarian was very helpful and knowledgeable. The information she taught us on completing research will be exceptionally useful in future research assignments.”
“This session was definitely helpful and every student in Drexel should be mandated to participate in one.”
“It would be really nice if we could have even more time with a librarian to aid in our specific problems or research.”
“This library session was really helpful. I was unsure on how to use databases, which stalled me to start my assignment. I now feel more confident in using databases and the ability to start my assignments.”