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Rather than just providing a 20min presentation on academic databases available through the library website--this lesson is designed to have students demonstrate using library databases for their classmates. Delivered to our ENG 1B (a required freshman course) students, and timed to coincide with their Argument Essay assignment, students practice accessing and utilizing databases to find information sources. Working in groups, the students explore an assigned database before coming up to the podium to demonstrate the materials, search functionality and features of that database.

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I love your worksheet--I plan to adapt the first two pages to work with students on developing their research question by starting with reference sources. I have been struggling with demonstrating to students why they should use resources like encyclopedias to get background information on their research topic--I think having them gather that background information through this worksheet will hopefully convince them!

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