Friday, September 14, 2007

Mini-Instruction Idea

Here is an interesting idea for when you are given a very short time (15-20 min) in a class - one that actively engages the students and shows in just a four steps how the library resources compare to Google/Wikipedia:

1. Ask the class what they think of the potential of Google and Wikipedia to deliver information beyond the basics. Correct false perceptions.

2. Use a topic, relevant to the class, in the catalog, showing how a keyword search can identify some relevant titles, but teaching them how to use subject links in records to go beyond the limitations of title terminology.

3. Choose one journal database and demonstrate the quality and extensiveness of information available on the chosen topic. Emphasize the value-added of subscription databases.

4. End it.

Courtesy of William Badke of Trinity Western University