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Teaching Research to Upper-Level Students: Start

Guide Overview

Welcome to the Library's guide to teaching research to upper-level students! By the time they have finished the first year of college, most upper-level students have had some exposure to conducting college-level research. They have a sense of their research skills and - to an extent - gaps in those skills. This guide is intended to help you address those gaps through a variety of techniques and approaches.

You will notice that some of the materials in this guide are also located on our guide to teaching research to first-year students. This is intentional. Student research skills and habits of mind vary from student to student, depending on their past experiences. Some may have a lot of familiarity conducting research in a particular field of study or method, but be unfamiliar with approaches in another field. Mix and match the resources on each guide.

While this guide does contain some theory and models of information literacy, it is primarily designed to put practical resources into your hands. If you have approaches or assignments you'd be willing to share, please let us know, either through your library liaison or contacting Julie Gilbert directly. We are inherently collaborative in the Library, so please reach out to us to talk further about best practices in developing student research skills. Our Library Kitchen also has excellent suggestions for assignment ideas. You may also want to consult our general Faculty Resources guide.

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