LEAP: Technology & Waste (Spring 2022)

Library Visit #1 Objectives

1. Students will understand and accurately apply the terms popular and scholarly in reference to sources of information.

2. Students will understand the principles behind close reading a journal article.

3. Students will understand the role of the librarian in the course and be able to answer the questions: Who is my librarian? and How do I contact her for help?

Before We Get Started . . .


Chances are good that, long before you ever set foot on a college campus, you successfully searched for and found information in response to the questions, ideas, or problems you encountered in your daily life. Chances are also good that you've written a research paper before, where you collected and synthesized a bunch of different information sources, organized your findings into some main ideas, and drew a conclusion. All of that is to say, while this is a probably a different approach to information literacy than you've experienced before, you arrive at this place with relevant skills and know-how about how to do research. My role as your librarian is to help you to polish those skills, to introduce you to new resources, and to provide you with scaffolding as you collaborate with your teammates to create a final research product for the course. Because this project is built progressively and composed of multiple components (i.e. Team Memos), we'll work together throughout the semester to find information and evaluate potential sources. You can contact me via email at adriana.parker@utah.edu or by text at (801) 864-0060.

In the meantime, let's get started on your information literacy instruction by watching the video below for Library Visit #1.

Types of Sources

Resources for Reading Journal Articles

Reading journal articles isn't as straightforward a skill as reading newspaper articles or even textbooks. Below, I've linked resources for learning how to do what's called a "close reading." This is one of those skills that will change how you read and write, and, consequently, make a positive impact on your grades.

Marriott Library Eccles Library Quinney Law Library