Why should I have a course guide created for my class?
Do your students struggle with research projects?
Are your students new to the topic at hand? Unlikely to know which resources to use?
Are you satisfied with the types of resources your students include in projects?
Are your students’ projects multidisciplinary or focused on narrow topics?
Course Guides (especially when paired with an instruction session) help students understand their assignment, make sure they have the skills necessary, lessen the confusion involved in research, and raise the quality of their end products.
Help your students!
Navigate the information web and easily locate the most appropriate resources for your class
Learn the research and evaluative skills that are necessary to succeed
Make sense of common points of confusion, such as citation formatting
Gain valuable information literacy skills required for life-long learning
Easy access to superior resources = better references and (one would assume) higher quality student work
Build a support system with librarians to work towards student learning and success
Tailor the guide to help students understand assignment expectations
Tailor the guide so it is the ultimate starting place for research in your subject area
Reinforce crucial research concepts
Have a great, accessible place to recommend students to outside of office hours