Use of Searchpath

This information has been provided for librarians, instructors, faculty, and other educators interested in learning more about Searchpath. If you have contributions or suggestions about using Searchpath, please e-mail us.

What is Searchpath?
Who is it designed for?
How can instructors effectively use Searchpath with their courses?
Does Searchpath replace the Information Studies 115 course?

What Is Searchpath?
Searchpath is a resource for Metropolitan State University students. It is a self-instructional tutorial to teach them basic library and research skills. It covers the research process from initial topic selection to citation styles and the issue of plagiarism. There is a link to Searchpath on the Libraries' home page.
The content of the tutorial is organized into six modules:

1. Starting smart is an overview that introduces students to various types of sources.
2. Choosing a topic provides tips on broadening and narrowing a topic and discusses search concepts.
3. Using MnPALS Plus has live practice searches in our online catalog.
4. Finding articles provides practice searching in the Academic Search Premier database.
5. Using the Web includes the comparative evaluation of Web sources.
6. Citing sources includes the topics of citing, plagiarism, and copyright.

Students can complete the tutorial on their own time outside of class. Each of its six sections takes about 15 minutes and students can complete one or more modules at a time. Each of the modules is followed by a short quiz (see details below).

Who Is It Designed For?
Searchpath is designed for students in classes with a substantial writing component or introductory-level research, especially for classes such as Metro 101, Nursing 335. However, we hope instructors of other classes will find it useful and assign it to their students.

How Can Instructors Effectively Use Searchpath with Their Courses?
Please have students complete Searchpath before they begin their research or attend a library class. Students can complete Searchpath on their own time and submit their quiz results to you.

Each module is followed by a short quiz and a results page, which provides an overall percentage score for that module, as well as a summary of questions answered right or wrong. Students can either print the six results pages with their name and submit the printouts to you as proof of completion or they can email their quiz results to you.

Many instructors have chosen to give extra credit points to students who complete Searchpath. We strongly suggest that students be required to pass the quizzes with a score of at least 85% or better. Students may retake a quiz as many times as they want to improve their score.

Does Searchpath Replace the Information Studies 115 course?
No! We continue to offer Information Studies 115 and some assignment-specific library instruction and hope that you will encourage your students to take our Information Studies course. In the class, they will expand on the skills taught in the tutorial and gain hands-on experience by working with a librarian.

If you have questions about the Information Studies 115 course, please contact a reference librarian:


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