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Designs for Active Learning: A Sourcebook of Classroom Strategies for Information Education
Gail Gradowski, Loanne Snavely, Paula Dempsey
Item Number: 978-0-8389-7946-4
Publisher: ACRL
Price: $42.00
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248 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-7946-4
Year Published: 1998
Also included is a computer disk with the forms, handouts and teaching aids which can be replicated for use in the classroom and also used as guides for designing activities that are appropriate to a local setting. Each includes a description of the activity or strategy, the context in which it is used, handouts and other classroom materials, and classroom time required, plus the name and institutional address of the person who developed the model. These models, which have proven successful in the BI classroom, the computer lab, and other instructional settings, will be useful for any librarian involved in instruction from the high school to the college and research level.
Table of Contents

Active Learning in the Library Instruction Classroom vii
Loanne Snavely
Selected Readings xi
A History of the Project with Acknowledgments xiii

Section I: Basic Library Instruction 1
Edited by Paula R. Dempsey and Janet W. Reit

1. Active Response to Information through an Internal Class Newsgroup 2
Janet McNeil Hurlbert
2. Classification Brainstorming 4
Colleen Bell
3. Crime and Punishment 6
Gail Gradowski
4. Focus on Skills: Using the Classification System and Finding Periodicals 16
Diane Prorak
5. The Five-Minute Letter 23
Janet McNeil Hurlbert
6. The Library Collage 25
Kelley McHenry and Jean Kent
7. Library-ese Glossary Exercise 32
Lisa K. Miller
8. Modeling a Research Strategy: Horizontal and Vertical Thinking 38
John Riddle
9. The Rhythm of Research 45
Gabriela Sonntag
10. Structuring a Session with Questions 50
Lori Mestre
11. Dewey and the Book Covers 52
Christine Drew
12. What’s My (Subject) Line? Or, You Can’t Always Judge a Subject 53 by Its Book Cover!
Janice A. Sauer
13. Question Analysis for Autobiography 55
Randy Burke Hensley

Section II: Searching Indexes and Online Catalogs 59
Edited by William Orme and Kevin M. Roddy

14. Understanding Print and Electronic Indexes 60
Shelle Witten and Lisa K. Miller
15. Introduction to the Online Catalog and Periodical Databases 70
Gale Burrow
16. Understanding How Databases Work by Building One in Class 75
Trish Ridgeway
17. The Content and Character of Print and Electronic Indexes 81
Kristin Ramsdell
18. Searching Print and CD-ROM Indexes: A Comparison 83
Nena V. Thomas
19. “Berry Picking”: Pre-focus Exploration of Student Research Topics 88
Mary Jane Petrowski
20. Involving Group Teams in Selecting Appropriate Databases and Keywords 93
Kimberley Donnelly and Brian Sacolic
21. Constructing Research Statements and Brainstorming for Keywords 98
Stacey Nickell
22. Human versus Machine (“Free-Text”) Indexing 103
Christopher J. Hoeppner
23. Staying Current in Your Field Using Indexes 106
Carol J. Scamman
24. Searching Indexes to Challenge “Expert” Information 112
Karen Paul Topham
25. Teaching Boolean Operators in a Flash Using A Deck of Cards 114
Loanne Snavely
26. Human Boolean Exercise 117
Paula Dempsey and Beth Mark
27. Using an Ordinary Cookie Recipe to Illustrate Boolean Searching 119
Colleen Bell
28. Identifying LC Subject Headings and Using Boolean Operators 123
Stephanie Race
29. Selecting the “Proper” Subject Heading 130
Gary Klein
30. Using Index Citations to Analyze Topic Change over Time 135
Mary Jane Petrowski and Georgia Frank
31. Shattering the Myths of Abstracts and Indexes 137
Gary Klein
32. Collaborative Learning Using Scientific Indexes 139
Christina Peterson
33. Using Multiple Information Sources 142
Diane Prorak

Section III: Search Strategies for the Research Process 145
Edited by Gail Gradowski and Loanne Snavely

34. The Case of Kelly 146
Denise Madland and Carol Hagness
35. Modeling Topic Selection 149
Esther Grassian
36. Think-Pair-Share for Topic Formulation 151
Necia Parker-Gibson
37. The Information Trail: Tracking Current Events 153
Allison Level
38. Understanding Research as a Creative Process 156
Mary Jane Petrowski

Section IV: Evaluation of Library Resources 159
Edited by Michael Blake and Ed Tallent

39. Article Citation Evaluation: A Research Process Framework 160
Keith Gresham
40. The Bibliography: The Tail That Wags Your Paper 170
Patricia Gray
41. Earned Scholarly Average (ESA): How Can I Tell If It Is a Scholarly Source? 171
Randall Schroeder
42. Evaluating Information on the World Wide Web 173
Ann Scholz-Crane
43. Evaluating Internet Sources 179
Karen Paul Topham
44. Using the Online Catalog 180
Donna J. Davidoff and Albert F. Riess
45. Selecting Appropriate Journal Articles 186
Gail Gradowski
46. Turning Instruction Upside Down: Evaluation and Database Search Skills 193
Paula R. Dempsey

Section V: Discipline-Oriented Instruction 193
Edited by Gail Gradowski

47. Flow of Information Exercise for Art Students 195
Monica Fusich
48. Business Resources 196
Margaret Fain and Jeri Traw
49. Authors and Criticism: Exploring Sources While Learning About the Library 198
Corinne Ebbs
50. Marketing Management 202
Elizabeth Lukacs
51. Library Research in the Sciences 212
Jeanne Davidson
52. Computer Science Library Resources Challenge 215
Holle E. Schneider
53. Desperately Seeking Communication Information 222
Gail Gradowski
54. Introducing Women’s Studies Resources 231

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