The Library is great for exploration and inspiration.
Your classroom is best for instruction.
Best Practice: Come prepared.
The most successful students will come with a list of books, have spent time researching the databases at home or at school, will have a topic they can articulate clearly, and will know their research goals for the day.
Before you visit, help your students:
- Get library cards so they can check out materials and access research databases
- Decide on a topic (ideally one that you've pre-vetted to make sure there are books/articles available at the library)
- Talk about different kinds of resources and what you want them to use for their project, including:
- Brainstorm keywords and keyword phrases about their topics
- Practice how to find a book in the catalog (author, title, subject, keywords, advanced search filters, and how to narrow or widen your search)
- Make a list of books they want to look for, including the floor, the area, and the full title and call number
- Learn how to evaluate their search results to find the right book for their assignment
- Know how to locate the book within the building [map]
- Understand how to synthesize what they learn and include it in their report
- Respect the work of the author, by citing their sources