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English Composition (ENGH 101/302) Library Instruction Request Form

English Composition Program Instructors: Please complete the following form to schedule a library instruction session.

Instructors in other Mason Courses: Please use the Library Instruction Request Form to schedule a library instruction session.

ENGH 101/302 Instructor Information

Class Information

Library Your classroom (Building and Room Number):
(Note: Course instructors are responsible for providing a computer, projector, and internet connection.)

Date and time for requested session:
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Instruction Options

Please select from the list below the skills and concepts that you would like covered in your instruction session. We recommend selecting no more than two to three topics for a 50 or 75 minute class to ensure enough time remains for students to begin their own research. A librarian will contact you to schedule and plan your session in more detail once you submit this form.

Please note that the times listed below are estimates and subject to change depending on student participation in the classroom.

Refining a Researchable Topic (10-15 minutes) show more/less
  1. Concept mapping
  2. Pre-searching using general information sources
  3. Identifying many keywords
  4. Broadening and narrowing topic as necessary
  5. Understanding reiterative nature of research

Selecting appropriate sources (10-15 minutes) (scholarly, popular, trade, etc.) show more/less
  1. Distinguishing between source types
  2. Overview of the information cycle
  3. Using appropriate sources for the assignment
  4. Evaluating the credibility of sources

Using the Mason Online Catalog to find books (10-15 minutes) show more/less
  1. Using subject headings to find similar resources
  2. Connecting or combining keywords (boolean operators, etc.)
  3. Reading a call number
  4. Browsing the shelves for similar resources

Finding Articles (20-25 minutes) show more/less
  1. What is a database? Why is it important? What can you find there?
  2. Selecting an appropriate database using the Database Portal or InfoGuides
  3. Strategies for constructing an effective search in a library database
  4. Identifying types of articles and other resources that may appear in the databases, including peer-reviewed and scholarly journals, indexed book chapters, news, etc.
  5. Retrieving the full-text of the articles you want

Requesting items not held by Mason through WRLC and ILL (10 minutes)
Citation Management (10-15 minutes) show more/less
  1. Why citations and bibliographies are important
  2. Writing Center resources
  3. What is Zotero? How do I get started?

Work time (20 minutes)