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Library & Research Readiness Series for Canvas Commons

This series contains modules for use in Canvas course shells. Each module is dedicated to exploring information literacy and/or library use topics, each intended to offer an asynchronous method of delivering content to prepare students for academic resear

Working with Databases

This module (Library & Research Readiness: Working with Databases) was built with the following components:

After completing this module, students will be understand:

  1. What a database is
  2. What types of materials are typically contained in a library database
  3. How to find and access databases on the library website
  4. How to select appropriate databases for their research needs

It was built with the following components:

  • Goals for the module (student learning outcomes)
  • Pages with text screenshots indicating both how to locate and use library databases, as well as suggestions on how to use controlled vocabulary within databases
  • Two (2) videos providing examples and suggestions on evaluating resources:
    • Overview of Library Databases (7:36 min.):
      • Highlights definitions for what a database is, as well as the categories of multidisciplinary and subject-specific databases; also introduces concepts of controlled vocabulary in database specific applications.
    • Selecting Appropriate Databases (9:48 min.): 
      • Suggestions on selecting appropriate databases for specific subject areas or format type.
  • A 5-question multiple-choice quiz (a 5-point practice quiz in Canvas) to assess student retention of this information.
  • A link to a brief online feedback survey, so that students can share their feedback with the Library.

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Find this module here in Canvas Commons.