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Connecting with Students. Using Case Studies to Teach Research Skills. Sharon Murphy, MLS, AHIP, RN Health Sciences Library - University at Buffalo. Our Scenario. A “one-shot” lecture introducing new students to library research. Sound familiar?. What did we do?.

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Connecting with Students

Using Case Studies to Teach Research Skills

Sharon Murphy, MLS, AHIP, RN Health Sciences Library - University at Buffalo


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Our Scenario

A “one-shot” lecture introducing new students to library research.

Sound familiar?


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What did we do?

UB Librarian and School of Nursing instructor teamed up

used case studies for 3 years

to introduce and foster research skills

to 90 freshman nursing students

each Fall semester


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What’s a Case Study?

Case studies are….

stories

with an educational

message

Clyde Freeman Herreid


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Objectives

  • engage students in recognizing when information is needed

  • foster the ability to find, retrieve, evaluate, and use it

Information Literacy Defined – ACRL Web Site


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Our Vehicles

  • UB’s award-winning

  • Library wiki

  • 2 hour class

http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/case.html

http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/dokuwiki/hslwiki/doku.php?id=nur101


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These vehicles were jumpstarts to help students…

  • Refine research questions

  • Explore library and internet resources

  • Constantly ask:

    Is this resource credible? Trustworthy?Does it add to my knowledge base?

  • Use another case study to hone research skills

  • Understand ethical and legal usage of information


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Sample Case Studies

  • Not an Old Person’s Disease

    Jennifer Miskowski and Anne Galbraith, University of Wisconsin—La Cross http://www.sciencecases.org/melanoma/melanoma1.asp

  • Andrea: The Death of a Diabetic

    Clyde F. Herreid, University at Buffalo

    http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/diabetic/diabetic.html

  • And many others

    http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/ubcase.htm

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York


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The Results

  • Engaged students

  • Improved quality of research papers

  • Random, anonymous, index card sampling of students – uniformly positive comments

  • Structured but flexible approach


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Conclusions

  • Successful model to teach effective research skills

  • Fun for instructors

    and students

  • Librarian/instructor/student partnership a “win-win” solution


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