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From Research to Writing: Post-assessment, Spring 2018

Sarah Burns Feyl, Assistant University Librarian for Instructional Services

In May 2018 ten faculty members participated in the online portion of the “From Research to Writing: a Library Workshop.” They watched the posted instructional videos and completed the workshop activities by posting in the Discussion Boards. At the in-person session facilitated at both campus libraries on May 30th, six faculty members attended in Pleasantville and two attended in New York City. Participants met with their partner librarians and received custom research packets with recommended resources and searches. After the workshop, 100% of participants completing the follow-up survey indicated they felt “Somewhat confident” or “Very confident” in locating print books, e-books, articles in journals, and specific journal titles. Survey responses indicated that after the workshop the most challenging thing about finding information for research is narrowing down results. All survey respondents agreed that the “Share Your Sources” activity in the Blackboard course shell allowed for sufficient practice of the skills taught in the instructional videos. When asked what format they preferred for a workshop, 50% of respondents said a combination of online and in-person is preferred; 37% prefer just in-person; and 12% prefer just online or webinar format. When asked how they would use what they learned in the workshop the answers varied:

  • Practically: in-class and take-away assignments for students involving perspectives and discernment (Machiavelli on expediency and exiting evil).
  • In my everyday work from finding literature sources for my teaching to writing research proposals and manuscripts
  • I will complete my doctorate.
  • For research when writing conference papers.
  • I will begin my research in a more refined way and feel confident that I have sufficiently exhausted the search for potential materials.
  • Locating articles for my research topic.
  • I will use the Ulrich's database to find publishing outlets.
  • For my doctorate program starting this Fall