Journal of Public Affairs Education
To improve the quality of semester-long policy projects of upper-division political science students, a faculty member and research librarian collaborated to reframe the assignment in hopes of improving students’ research skills and information literacy, revising the traditional one-way model of faculty sending students to the library to get information. The outcomes over the course of two semesters have been promising. Citations in two sets of student papers showed a remarkable increase in the number and quality of sources used. This suggests that when faculty work with librarians throughout the semester, such collaboration can improve students’ information literacy and thus their coursework and overall learning.
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Undergraduate research, research skills, information literacy, faculty-librarian collaboration, simulation, policy papers
Pautz, Michelle C. and Gauder, Heidi, "Undergraduate Research Needs: Faculty-Librarian Collaboration to Improve Information Literacy in Policy Papers" (2017). Political Science Faculty Publications. 104.