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LL 250 & LL 300 Research Instruction

LL 250 Foundations of Adult Learning

LL 250 Foundations of Adult Learning

All LL 250 courses have a library instruction component. The library instruction introduces students to the resources they will need in order to complete research for both their Professional Goals Action Plan (PGAP) and Independent Learning Pursuit (ILP).

Loop Sections

All Loop Sections of LL 250 come to the Library for a face-to-face instruction session. Students also complete the Finding Career-Related Information tutorial which can be accessed via your D2L LL 250 course site. This assignment self-grades and reports a grade for the student automatically to the D2L gradebook.

Schedule Instruction Session

Online & Suburban Sections 

An embedded librarian model is used to provide research instruction for online and suburban LL 250 sections.  Before the start of each quarter, you will be assigned a librarian who will be given access in the Librarian role to your D2L course shell. During the first few weeks of class, the librarian will send a welcome message and introductory video to your students.

Required Elements
All library-related content  is delivered via your course page in D2L.  
  • Finding Career-Related Information Tutorial (Graded)
    This assignment self-grades and reports a grade for the student automatically to the D2L gradebook.  
  • Research Consultation (Graded)
    All online and suburban LL 250 students are required to complete a 15-minute research consultation with the embedded librarian either via phone  or chat.  Your librarian will send an email to students and/or post a news item with information about scheduling the research consultation. 
  • LL 250 Research Guide  (For Reference, Self-help)
    A link to this guide will be included in your D2L course shell.

Learning Outcomes

After attending the face-to-face library instruction session, LL 250 students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between the types of information available to search for information about their focus area and to support their Professional Goal and Action Plan (PGAP): encyclopedia articles, books, articles in databases, and information from professional associations and government agencies. 
  2. Identify search terms for their focus areas for use in constructing search strategies in the VuFind/I-Share catalogs and article databases.
  3. Identify relevant books for their focus area in DePaul's collection or through I-Share.
  4. Select a relevant subject guide and at least one subject-specific article database on that guide that will have content related to their focus area. 
  5. Evaluate the books and articles they locate for relevance, purpose, credibility, authority, accuracy, and currency.

LL 300 Research Seminar

LL 300 Research Seminar

All LL 300 courses include a library research instructional component that is facilitated by the Library. 

Loop Sections

All Loop sections of LL 300 come to the library for an in-person library instruction session.  

Schedule Instruction Session

Online & Suburban Sections 

An embedded librarian model is used to provide research instruction for online and suburban LL 300 sections.  Before the start of each quarter, you will be assigned a librarian who will be given access in the Librarian role to your D2L course shell. 

Required Elements
All library-related content  is delivered via your course page in D2L.  
  • Understanding Different Types of Journals: What is Scholarly Tutorial (Graded)
    This assignment self-grades and reports a grade for the student automatically to the D2L gradebook.  
  • Constructing a Search Strategy Tutorial (Graded)
    This assignment self-grades and reports a grade for the student automatically to the D2L gradebook.  
  • Finding Articles - Assignment 3.1 (Graded)
    Students submit this assignment via the D2L DropBox and the librarian will grade the assignment and provide feedback.
  • Research Consultation (Graded)
    All online and suburban LL 300 students are required to complete a 15-minute research consultation with the embedded librarian either via phone  or chat.  Your librarian will send an email to students and/or post a news item with information about scheduling the research consultation. 
What To Expect From Your Embedded Librarian 
Your librarian will:
  • Post a video as a self-introduction to the News items and/or send it via email to the students.
  • Send weekly emails to students during weeks 1-7  that include search tips, reminders, etc.
  • Grade Assignment 3.2.
  • Post a news item and email students with instructions on how to schedule a research consultation.
  • Be available to respond to your students with any questions regarding library research.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the LL 300 library components, students will be able to: 

  1. Properly scope a research question.
  2. Describe the characteristics of a scholarly article in order to differentiate between scholarly and non-scholarly sources.
  3. Choose appropriate search terms and alternate ways of expressing those search terms in order to conduct effective searches in article databases that will pull up a relevant results list.
  4. Select at least three article databases relevant to their research topics in order to find appropriate articles for their topics from different disciplines.

What faculty are saying...

I see students taking more ownership of the literature than ever before, and I have been stunned by the quality of their annotations and literature reviews. I believe this is in large part due to [the librarian’s] conversations with the students.
--Steffanie Triller Fry, School for New Learning