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University Experience Library Skills

Library and Research Skills

A Component of University Experience (UC 175)

It is extremely important for students to possess adequate knowledge of Western Kentucky University’s Library System. In keeping with the fundamental objectives of WKU’s University Experience class, particularly the objective of critical thinking, the Library Skills Component attempts to orient students to the University’s Libraries System. By attending tours of the Helm-Cravens Library and the Kentucky Library and Museum, students will feel more comfortable when they return to conduct research for future projects and papers. Also, students are required to complete the project described below because it provides them with practical experience in utilizing the services offered by University Libraries. The UE Library Skills Component provides students the confidence they need to succeed as a student at Western Kentucky University.

By attending a library skills workshop, students will feel more comfortable when they return to conduct research for future projects and papers. As a component of the University Experience course, the Library Skills Component consists of the following requirements and assignments:

  • Attend a Library Skills Workshop. Attendance counts as 30pts.
  • Annotated Bibliography. Research project designed to orient students to the Library by researching a topic and creating an Annotated Bibliography related to the topic while using services offered through University Libraries including Topcat and Web Accessible DatabasesA Grading Rubric and a Sample Project are available. Project counts as 70 points.

Upon completion of this component, students will learn:

    • How to get what they need from the library quickly and efficiently

    • How to access information for research papers and projects

    • How to evaluate information resources

    • How to submit assignments to instructors electronically

  • How to use Blackboard for web enhanced and online courses

Complete component requirments for both UC 175 and UCC 175 can be viewed through Blackboard.

If you have question, comments, or concerns contact Sara McCaslin for more information.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14