Between now and the 2017 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, MD. For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference website. To register, visit the MLA conference page. And follow along on social media at #MLADLA17
Research-to-Writing: Helping Students Integrate Sources into a Research Project
Thursday, May 11th
Presenters: Robert Miller, Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland, University College, and Sandie Friedman, Director, University Writing Program, George Washington University
Librarians help students find sources for a research project; but frequently, we have to help students think of ways to use those sources as well. In this presentation, a librarian and an academic writing instructor give their perspectives on guiding students through the research-to-writing process. The librarian will discuss how to recognize, during a reference transaction, when a student needs help integrating a source into a research project (even if the student can’t articulate that need). The academic writing instructor will present strategies for helping students incorporate sources into their writing, such as the BEAM rubric and Joseph Harris’s “moves” for entering a scholarly conversation. These strategies address higher-order skills that college students need to master, including critically examining and employing a theoretical approach in an essay. Attendees will have opportunities to share their experiences with student research-to-writing and will come away with tools to help students use sources effectively.