Note about the Instructor Edition
In the Instructor edition of the Project Research and Writing E-Textbook, you will find the student content of the E-Textbook in the left-hand column of each page and instructor information -- notes, assignments, and other content -- in the right-hand column.
Please feel free to copy content and adapt for your use.
Consider using the PoWeR pre-test to determine student research skills at the start of the course. (Post-test to come)
The Project Writing and Research E-Textbook provides an introduction to the library research process and basic tools a student needs to succeed in coursework at Boise State University and beyond. You will gain proficiency using essential library resources and will become familiar with aspects of information in its societal context. In addition, you will encounter selected discipline-oriented library resources.
In this e-textbook, you will learn to:
- Recognize how information is created and distributed, and understand that content differs by information format.
- Determine information need and design search strategies to locate information sources relevant to your research topic.
- Use a variety of electronic and print resources, with emphasis on library resources and services, to locate information on your research topic.
- Select and evaluate the most useful information sources for your research topic.
- Reflect on and revise your individual research process.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of plagiarism and documentation of sources.
You will find a chat box on each page of this site so you can easily send questions as you have them. We look forward to hearing from you!
The PoWeR librarians
A PRIMO Resource
This E-Textbook is part of the Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online Database maintained by the Instruction Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries.
If you have questions about the E-Textbook, please contact Ellie Dworak at Albertsons Library.
The tabs above and the links at left lead to an instruction module that teaches a research strategy.
Each module contains:
- student learning goals
- step-by-step instructions for students on how to access the module content
- assessment options in the form of activities or quizzes
- a right-hand column with instructor notes for how to use the content
These research modules are meant for instructors to embed within a course assignment or course schedule. Directions on how to integrate this content into your course site (e.g., Blackboard) are available on the PoWeR Course Info tab along with examples of English 102 course syllabi that make use of these modules.
Tips for how to use this guide:
- Use each module at the point of need - students will get much more out of this information if it correlates directly with the research they need to do for papers or projects
- Repeat some modules for each project - students tend to forget, so don't be afraid to re-assign the Advanced Article Searching module, for example, as they are working on research for a second project
- Contact Sara Seely (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get recommendations on where to place modules in a course schedule
- Give us feedback! On each page you will find a feedback box or feel free to email Sara if you have questions or comments