First Year Course Modules

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Library Research I · 60-90 minutes (during regular class time) Required for all first year courses

This is an introduction to library and technology resources, services and research strategies, including the evaluation of materials. We cover finding scholarly books and articles, and using library research tools and services. Students will also be introduced to network services and will be asked to apply what they've learned in the session. This is team-taught by Librarians and Academic Information Associates.

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Library Research II · 60-90 minutes (during regular class time)

This session is for classes with a library research assignment. It is designed to be in addition to to Library Research I, although a 90 minute class could incorporate Library Research I and II into one class session. Students will be introduced to discipline-specific resources and will be given time to work with them. Content from some of the other modules listed below may be included in this session (for example RefWorks or Scholarly Communication).

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Scholarly Communication & Intellectual Property · 60 minutes, or incorporated into Library Research II (during regular class time)

This session provides an overview of issues in scholarly communication, including what it means to be an author, how information is produced, and how information is used in an academic community. The session emphasizes the value of proper citation formats and style manuals. Intellectual property issues include what constitutes plagiarism in the academic environment and why copyright law matters. RefWorks is often included as part of this module as a strategy for organizing library research.

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Managing Information & Using RefWorks · 60 minutes, or incorporated into Library Research II

RefWorks is a program that allows an individual, or groups, to download citations into their own database. They can then organize and store these citations, make annotations, and produce bibliographies in the citation style of their choice. This session may be scheduled outside class time, with a guarantee of at least 5 students attending.

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Software Applications · 30-60 minutes, or as needed (may be scheduled outside of class time)

This is a basic introduction to various software programs. This is appropriate for any assignments requiring multi-media projects, presentations, posters, spreadsheets, word processing, or web pages.

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*Special Video Modules (please note how to schedule a viewing through Media Services)*

Classroom Discussions · 25 minute video

Macalester's Adrienne Christiansen offers tips to students regarding classroom discussion, including the most common mistakes made by Macalester students.

Oral Presentations · 25 minute video

Macalester's Adrienne Christiansen offers tips to students regarding oral presentations, including the most common mistakes made by Macalester students.

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What You Need to Do to Schedule a First Year Module Session

Decide on the module(s) you are interested in and either:

Request a First Year Module

Contact Beth Hillemann Directly (x6704)

Please Note

  • The schedule fills rapidly, especially in the fall.
  • Please schedule early and be flexible about the dates.
  • Instruction is most effective when faculty are present in the class.
  • If students are expected to do library research as part of an assignment it is best to schedule the Library Research II for when students are really working on the assignment.
  • Librarians are happy to consult with faculty about the session.

Who May Be Involved

All sessions are taught by Librarians and/or Academic Information Associates (AIAs).

Library Liaisons & AIA's for Academic Departments & Programs