The Library offers many resources to support you. Here are the top 10 tips for TA success!
Tip 1 – contact your liaison librarian or subject specialist. They are the first point of contact and can help you find resources or services to support your research and teaching. They can pinpoint possible challenges with student assignments and can confirm the library has adequate resources. A list of their names can be found under Research Help on the library's home page.
Tip 2 – ask for in-class instruction via Zoom, MS Teams or BBB (Big Blue Button). We can help with researching essay topics, developing a searchable research question, modeling effective search strategies, locating primary sources, or citing sources in proper format. Book a session with your subject specialist.
Tip 3 – do not assume that students know how to find library resources. Students often have little or no experience in the library and need help with accessing course Reserve readings on ARES, or with using RACER to request material from other libraries.
Tip 4 – consider embedding a librarian or subject specialist in your course by adding the library widget in Brightspace for a convenient way to link online library support for your students in the form of tailored course guide or instructional videos.
Tip 5 – inform your students about citation styles. Be prepared to tell students which citation style to use for their essay and provide them with adequate information. The library has many “How-To” guides on writing and citing and we also provide Citation Management workshops.
Tip 6 – talk to your students about the challenges of the research process. It is not straight forward and involves many online hours of searching for appropriate material. Their original research question may evolve over time and they should expect to face obstacles throughout the research process, so sharing some of your own experiences will illustrate that research is hard work!
Tip 7 – discuss web sites with students. Are they allowed to use them? If not, tell them why and talk to them about Evaluating online information when appropriate with the help of the CRAP test.
Tip 8 – explain the difference between Academic journal articles vs. Popular magazines. Many students do not know the difference or how to limit their searches to peer-reviewed journals when using the library databases.
Tip 9 – help your students to understand how to Avoid Plagiarism. Talk to them about Academic Integrity and know where to send them for help, because dishonesty affects every Carleton degree.
Tip 10 – Ask a Librarian or Subject Specialist for help via the Ask a Librarian chat service. Discover how library resources such as maps, archives, primary sources, data, statistics, government publications, opinion polls, videos and so much more can help with their research projects or essay writing.