Learning to Read the Field

As a department or program, think about how and when students learn how the literature of the disciplines works. Strategies for reading the literature: have a department/program discussion about how and when students learn how to parse scholarly texts. Include how to skim, how to 

Writing and Research in a Different Mode

In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Theresa MacPhail writes about a research assignment in a medical humanities course that offers students choices. They can write a research paper, a genre students may be comfortable with. Or they can create a podcast episode or a video, 

Don’t Find Sources, Find Out

A small tweak in the way an assignment is worded might help students understand that finding sources isn’t the point of a research task, rather it’s finding out what people have to say in sources and how they fit together as you create new understanding. 

Primary Research in the College Archives

The College & Lutheran Church Archives offers students an opportunity to do original archival research either for individual projects or for a course that delves into the archives’ unique holdings. Planning this kind of project takes lots of advance planning – but it offers unique 

Library as Laboratory

Librarians have had a fruitful partnership with the Political Science department for many years, bringing students to the laboratory library several times during the required methods course. Some of the lab sessions introduce students to the literature of political science (including how to do a 

Scaffolding the Big Project

These suggestions are intended for major capstone or thesis projects – work that takes a semester or more. Students going through this kind of experience ought to already have some grounding in how scholars communicate and how to read scholarly writing. We all procrastinate. Deadlines