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This information has been provided for educators interested in learning more about Searchpath.

What is Searchpath?
Who Is It Designed For?
How Can Instructors Effectively Use Searchpath with their Courses?
Does Searchpath Replace Library Instruction?
What are the Objectives for each Module?

What Is Searchpath?
Searchpath is a self-instructional tutorial to teach students basic library and research skills. It covers the research process from initial topic selection to citation styles and the issue of plagiarism. There is a link to Searchpath under Library Instruction on PML's homepage.

Its content is organized into six modules:

1 - Starting Smart an overview introducing students to various types of resources.
2 - Choosing a Topic tips on narrowing a topic and discusses search concepts.
3 - Finding Books live practice searches in our online Library catalog.
4 - Finding Articles live practice searching an article database.
5 - Using the Web comparative evaluation of Web sources.
6 - Citing Sources touches on the topics of plagiarism and copyright.

Each of the six modules takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, and students can do this on their own time outside of class. Each of the modules is followed by a short quiz.

Who Is It Designed For?
Searchpath is designed primarly for introductory-level research classes. It can be used with any class that has a library research component.

Does Searchpath Replace Library Instruction?
No! We continue to offer course-related library instruction and hope that you will incorporate it into your syllabus. Timing is important! Please schedule library instruction with us for a date after your class has received a research assignment, so students learn about searching databases at a time when they need to know this information. Also, we generally do not offer instruction sessions without an accompanying assignment. Research has shown that:

  • Students learn best and retain most when they need the information.
  • Library instruction is more effective when the course instructor is present.
  • Library instruction is more effective when coordinated with a class assignment.

The library has its own electronic classroom. Please schedule early to reserve the date and time you need -- preferably call us two weeks ahead. Requests will be filled on a first-come basis. We can also arrange a library instruction session.

Boris Teske , phone: 2992, email: