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College Credit Now: Research Instruction Activities

WR 115

Finding general information about the Presidency and specific information about the 2016 Elections. See WR 115 Trabue

Databases of Interest

  • CQ Researcher
  • Issues and Controversies
  • Gale Virtual Reference
  • Lexis Nexis


Find an eBook on a broad topic

  • Do a library search
  • Find an eBook on a broad topic
  • Look at chapters for ideas about how to focus a topic
  • Look at chapters for ideas about how to organize information

WR 121

Popular and Scholarly

  • Students work in pairs or groups of three (no more than three)
  • Each group gets one popular periodical and one scholarly periodical
  • What subject do the two have in common? Which is the scholarly?
  • Each student has something to write with and something to write on
  • Each student keeps his/her own notes
  • Make a simple table and label one column "popular" and one column "scholarly"
  • Find an article in each (to use as a starting place)
  • Detective work...make observations and follow up by answering "why" questions
  • Take what you learn and move into the electronic environment

You might also like How to Evaluate Sources.

WR 122

Practice Bootstrapping 

  • Find one good source
  • Look at the references
  • Track down the references that look useful for your topic

The following citations are from:

Kraushaar, James M., and Novak, David C. "Examining the Affects of Student Multitasking with Laptops During the Lecture. (Report)." Journal of Information Systems Education 21.2 (2010): 241. Web.

Search for each of the sources listed below. Use Library Search at http://librarysearch.chemeketa.eduGoogle Scholar at or any other search tool of your choice.  Be prepared to answer these questions.

  • Did you find the source?
  • Is it available in full text online?
  • What is it? A book, article or something else?
  • How did you find it? What search techniques did you use? Which search tool did you use? 


  1. Adams, Dennis. (2006), "Wireless Laptops in the Classroom (and the Sesame Street Syndrome.)", Communications of the ACM , Vol. 49, pp. 25-27.

  1. Anderson, L. W. and Krathwohl, D. (2001), A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Addison Wesley Longman, New York.

  1. Barkhuus, L. (2005), "Bring Your Own Laptop Unless You Want to Follow the Lecture." Proceedings of the 2005 International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work, November 6-9, pp. 140-143.

  2. Trimmel, M. and Bachmann, J. (2004), "Cognitive, Social, Motivational and Health Aspects of Students in Laptop Classrooms." Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, Vol. 20, pp. 151-158.

  3. Weaver, B.E. and Nilson, L.B. (2005), "Laptops in Class: What Are They Good For? What Can You Do with Them?" New Directions for Teaching and Learning, No. 101, pp. 3-13.

  1. Young, J. R. (2006), "The Fight for Classroom Attention: Professor vs. Laptop." Chronicle of Higher Education, Vol. 52, Issue 39, pp. A27-A29.


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