The Digital Research Notebook - A Simple Tool to Augment the One-Shot
April 10, 2017
LILAC - Librarians Information Literacy Annual Conference. Swansea, UK.
Julia Glassman and Doug Worsham
Although deep, sustained engagement with students is desirable, many librarians still work within the confines of the one-shot instruction session, in which librarians have one class session to bring students up to speed on library resources, research methods, critical thinking, and more. This problem is compounded at universities serving tens of thousands of undergraduate students, where models like the personal librarian aren't feasible. Librarians must thus find creative ways to help students craft thoughtful research questions, scaffold their research process, and think critically about the sources they find. To meet this challenge, the authors used Google Docs to create a digital research notebook which, through a combination of video tutorials and reflective writing prompts, guides students through the basics of choosing a topic; generating search terms; and navigating LibGuides, article databases, and the library catalog. The notebook can be assigned before a one-shot session so that the librarian can devote the session itself to more advanced concepts. It can also be used in other ways: as a stand-alone assignment, for instance, or the backbone of a credit course. After a one-year pilot program, the authors have found the notebook to be an effective way to help students write high-quality research questions and find useful sources for their assignments. In this workshop, participants will create research notebooks that they can deploy soon after they return home. After a 10-minute overview of the original notebook and its adaptations for various courses, participants will spend approximately 40 minutes crafting learning outcomes and creating an initial structure for a research notebook.
Research Notebook Templates
- General / Introductory Research Notebook - http://j.mp/my-notebook
- Honors 101i Research Notebook - http://j.mp/101i-notebook
- Make your own research notebook template