Welcome to the library guide for ENGL 414!
If you are visiting this page, you may be asking yourself what a library guide is and how you can use it. A library guide is a website designed to provide users with a variety of resources and thus to enhance learning. This library guide has been created specifically for ENGL 414: Research Writing (see the description of the course to the right). The guide's purpose is to help students improve their critical information literacy competencies as they work toward becoming more savvy, practiced, and independent reseachers.
This guide has been created by UAA/APU consortium librarian Anna Bjartsmarsdottr and Assistant Professor Heather Brook Adams. We hope you will find the guide a useful resource in identifying and practicing advanced information literacy skills. Please feel free to contact us with your comments and questions about our guide.
According to the Association of College and Research Libraries, information literacy refers to
"the skills to know when we need information and where to locate it effectively and efficiently. It includes the technological skills needed to use the modern library as a gateway to information. It enables us to analyze and evaluate the information we find, thus giving us confidence in using that information to make a decision or create a product."
Although information literacy can--and often is--practiced outside of educational contexts, this course focuses on developing information literacy skills for research writing. This lib guide provides definitions and explanations meant to help navigate the specific types of information literacy practices related to scholarly thinking and writing. Some terms that are discussed here are:
English 414: Research Writing helps students cultivate awareness about expectations of high-quality, upper- division undergraduate research—both in terms of process and product.
The primary goal of this course is for students to become more sophisticated and savvy research writers in their own area of study. Students learn key lessons about producing good research writing, apply these lessons to their writing, and, most importantly, gain a sense of what types of questions good researchers must ask about the process of research writing as they hone their craft.
This course asks students to shift from a “writing for the teacher in order to get a grade” mindset to a “writing as a researcher to teach my readers” mindset. Doing so helps students make the often challenging transition to becoming an increasingly independent, autonomous researcher.
This guide is designed for students of ENGL 414: Research Writing, but we hope that it will also be of use for
In ENGL 414: Research Writing, students work on becoming more independent and autonomous researchers. The course is meant to help students advance along the continuum represented by the Research Skill Development Framework shown above. (Click on the link above the image to open a larger version of the framework.) The framework was developed by the University of Adelaide (see www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/ for more information).
Often, research writing in the college classroom falls under the orange column: bounded research. This type of research is characterized by the boundaries for completing it (e.g., guiding prompt, number of sources) that are frequently established by the course instructor. Scaffolded (yellow) and student-initiated research (green) encourage students to increasingly establish their own reasons, contexts, and questions for research, even when the instructor provides guidance and structure along the way. In ENGL 414, research writers move toward open research (blue) through a variety of activities. These include: