Kirkwood librarians can support student learning in a number of different ways:
A presentation or activity for your class on a specific topic. To name just a few possible topics: citing sources; searching library databases; searching Google effectively; critical evaluation of information; or quick analysis to scan for misleading, false, or "fake news". We are happy to collaborate with faculty on creating an effective activity or assignment to help students gain specific research skills relevant to your course. Read about even more ideas in a recent blog post!
A set of online resources, activities, and/or tutorials designed and curated especially for your class needs.
We have preselected collections of readings, guides and tutorials on a selection of research topics for easy inclusion in your Talon courses. Select from the topics below, or suggest a topic you'd like to see in an upcoming playlist.
Playlist 1: Savvy students can efficiently evaluate information sources
Opinion article: “Should (Can) Fake News Be Regulated?” in Foundation for Economic Education (2019). URL to paste into Talon: https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/WSVYKA314493751/OVIC?u=kcccedar&sid=bookmark-OVIC&xid=84b787a2
Follow the hyperlinked title of each to preview, or use the "URL for embedding" to embed in Talon as an LTI External Resource link. See Faculty Libguide for instructions on embedding an LTI link.
Tutorial: Evaluating Information -- Simple tutorial introducing basic concepts around what to examine when evaluating a resource. Frames questions as Who, What, When, Why, How?
URL for embedding in Talon: https://frame.credocourseware.com/lti_provider/courses/course-v1:Kirkwood-Community-College+IL-MOD+2018/block-v1:Kirkwood-Community-College+IL-MOD+2018+type@sequential+block@7bf9d9b68bee40c8b4af3b4788ffe701
Tutorial: Evaluating Digital Sources Using Lateral Reading -- Provides step by step directions on the lateral reading method of quickly determining the likely reliability of a given article or website. Includes example and walks the student through evaluating their own sample site.
URL for embedding in Talon: https://frame.credocourseware.com/lti_provider/courses/course-v1:Kirkwood-Community-College+IL-MOD+2018/block-v1:Kirkwood-Community-College+IL-MOD+2018+type@sequential+block@aaaf06d6ea07403ab16248ddf5336efc
Check, Please! Starter Course (no login required): Excellent free resource for teachers: “we show you how to fact and source-check in five easy lessons, taking about 30 minutes apiece. The entire curriculum is two and a half to three hours and is suitable homework for the first few weeks of a course if assigned with other discipline-focused homework”.
FakeOut game (no login required): Interactive lesson that tests your ability to detect false or misleading information published as fact.
Tutorial: Choosing & Using Keywords: Addresses some basic questions: Why is identifying keywords important when doing research? How can you determine key concepts from a research question or topic statement? How do you know what are the best keywords to use for your topic?
How to Speak Google: Although it works very differently from library subscription databases, it's often helpful to juxtapose Google searching against database searching to bring self-awareness to habits of searching and evaluating.
What playlist would you like to see here next? Let us know!
At the heart of the library's work and mission is the support of information literacy learning and teaching for our students and faculty. To learn more about information literacy, and for resources to support information literacy learning, see our Information Literacy guide, linked below:
The page you're looking at right now was created using software called "LibGuides". It features flexible layout, easy updating, and reusable components. The content can also be embedded directly into your Talon courses. If you'd like a page with resources especially for your students, contact a librarian and we'll collaborate with you on locating the best resources for your particular assignments and in designing a page that fits your students' needs.
Examples of some customized pages for Kirkwood classes:
Direct links to library resources such as the book catalog or any of the subscription databases
Direct links to other online resources you want to direct your students to
Pages or boxes from any of the library LibGuides pages, embedded directly into your page so your students know the resources are instructor-approved. For example, we could put a tab on your page called "MLA Style" that will include videos on MLA Citation as well as printable guides.
Links that won't "go bad." Because they link directly into the library's pages, if we update a link to a database, the link on your page will automatically update as well
Your LibGuides page can be embedded directly into many types of course sites, including Talon.
Contact a librarian for more details, or to get started on your own LibGuide.