Faculty Instructions for Beyond Google: College Research Strategies

A Three-part Introduction to College-Level Research

For an explanation of the Beyond Google Program and its learning objectives, see the Beyond Google guide.

Part 1 – Before the Library Workshop: Developing a Research Question

For Faculty TO DO Before the Workshop

* Instruct your students to do preliminary searching on a topic, and work with them on creating a solid research question.
See Talking about Research Questions
* Have students complete the Library Assignment at least 24 hours before the Library Workshop.
Send your students this link to the assignment: https://libguides.kzoo.edu/libassign

The Library Assignment features three modules; each uses a short video to introduce an information literacy concept* and has a few questions that apply
the concept. (*Developed by the Association of College and Research Libraries)

  • Research as Inquiry.
    Research is a process and depends upon asking increasingly complex questions.
  • Authority is constructed and contextual.
    The context for an information source—who created it, intended audience, format—help determine authority and appropriateness.
  • Searching is strategic exploration.
    Finding information involves inquiry, discovery, and serendipity. The process of searching is nonlinear and iterative.

Part 2 – Library Workshop with a Librarian

For Faculty TO DO During the Workshop

First Year Faculty, your attendance and participation in this workshop are crucial. Feel free to share your thoughts on research during the workshop. Students listen when their professor speaks!

During the Library Workshop, students will work with librarians to:

  • Explore library tools to make research more effective
  • Learn how to get help from librarians

Part 3 – After the Library Workshop: Putting New Skills into Practice

For Faculty TO DO After the Workshop

Provide an opportunity for students to put their knowledge and skills into practice in a more in-depth research project.
Possible ideas include:
* Annotated bibliographies
* Mini-research papers
* Presentations

We’ve created a companion Research Toolkit for students to reinforce and expand on these research concepts.

Librarians can share information and respond to questions from students in Teams if you add a librarian to your class.

For more faculty support, including sample assignments, please see this Beyond Google guide.

Please contact us with any questions. reference@kzoo.edu

~Kelly Frost, Robin Rank, and Leslie Burke