Ready-to-use lesson plans for scholarly research topics

For Immediate Release
Tue, 10/05/2021


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing & Media

American Library Association


CHICAGO — The world of scholarly research is uncharted territory for undergrads, but with the right approach you can quickly get them up to speed. With 33 time-saving lesson plans, Toni Carter’s “Introducing Scholarly Research: Ready-to-Use Lesson Plans and Activities for Undergraduates,” published by ALA Editions, will assist you in moving your instruction beyond basic skills to include topics such as how to use a library database and the reasons scholars use them, to why peer review is important. Inside, you’ll find:

  • modular lessons designed for 50-minute timeslots that include individual and group activities with 25 worksheets, quick in-session assessment, conversation starters, and learning outcomes; 
  • a variety of mix-and-match tools and activities that can be easily adapted for one-shots;
  • concepts that are grounded in the ACRL Framework;
  • topics that include the infrastructure that supports the scholarly research process;
  • warm-ups using the lingo of favorite hobbies to launch a discussion of scholarship terminology;
  • an exercise that brainstorms the factors leading to authority, then asks students to apply them to a well-known campus professor;
  • an activity using visualization to examine the characteristics of a scholar to check biases and explore diversity;
  • factors to consider when choosing a scholarly journal for publishing research;
  • QUAN and QUAL worksheets to teach the two type of research; and
  • discussion on the categories, disciplines, and crossovers within liberal arts.

Carter is Director of Kares Library at Athens State University in Athens, Alabama. The first 15 years of her career in academic librarianship focused on information literacy instruction, including service as both an instruction librarian and instruction coordinator. She has published peer-reviewed articles and has presented related topics at local, regional, and national conferences, including ACRL, ALA, and LOEX.

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