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Are indexes obsolete?

posted: 1.29.15 by Andrea Lunsford

A posting on the Free Library Blog recently caught my eye, particularly the following paragraph:

Most students also don’t know that many books are indexed. Thus they are unaware that the nature of the assignment might not require that they read the whole work, but rather that they use the index to find the relevant sections which address their own topic. As long as they understand that context matters and learn to read efficiently within a work, they need not be defeated by hundreds of pages of text. Without these skills, it’s a safe bet they haven’t been introduced to bibliographies, chasing notes, or any myriad of other useful appendixes at the back of the book. (See What students (and often their teachers and their principals) don’t know about research and an enriching liberal education.)

Students don’t know books are indexed? [read more]

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Post-Apocalyptic Research

posted: 3.10.08 by Barclay Barrios

Most university libraries now have extensive electronic resources, but what other research tools are still in use and how can students use them?  Ask your students to imagine that a disaster has occurred (something as simple as the computers being down on campus).  How can they continue their research?  Does your library still have a card catalog?  How is it used?  At my institution, it turns out that no research can be done any more without computers, which provides an opportunity to discuss the role of technology in research.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Finding Sources, Research, Teaching with Technology
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