Handout: Research Journal

by Megan Stark, University of Montana

This is a multi-page Research Journal that was created to support students in taking multiple steps in their library research, including identifying their existing knowledge about a topic, formulating keywords and evaluating sources. It was designed for first-year college students, but is easily applicable to other levels. This resource will assist students as they brainstorm and formulate a research question, and then guide them through the process of research as inquiry.

Exercise: Ways of Knowing

by Megan Stark, University of Montana

The Ways of Knowing (using library archives to investigate place) exercise encourages students to consider the purpose of a particular set of archival materials in order to reflect upon how they came to their knowledge about place, and then to evaluate it according to familiar information literacy principles like credibility, authority, bias, scope, purpose and audience. A great assignment for engaging students with archival materials and inviting them to think about the many ways they have come to their own knowledge.