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This LibGuide for the Newark Campus is designed for use in English 102 classes and as a general guide to library resources for all undergraduates.

Welcome to Rutgers Newark!

Dear Students and Faculty:

 

This is a general research guide for undergraduates on the Newark Campus.  

 

Here are examples of other guides available for specific English 102 classes:

 

Bread Givers: Historical and Literary Background

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

Drown by Junot Diaz:  Contexts

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn:  A Research/Writing Experience

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Never Let Me Go

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry:  Historical and Cultural Background

 

Additional guides for English 102 and other courses can be found under COURSE GUIDES (NEWARK) or by searching keywords at the Rutgers research guides home page.

 

Faculty:  Please contact me at tipton@rutgers.edu to build a guide for your class.

 

Best regards,

 

Roberta Tipton

Access to Library Resources

Review Library Basics

Rutgers RIOT, a quick video tutorial

Five fast modules on finding, evaluating, and using information.  You may look at them individually or all together.


 

Introduction to approaching a paper topic and using some of the basic services provided by the Rutgers University Libraries.  Includes several short videos.  More videos at http://libguides.rutgers.edu/videos.

 
 
 
Library procedures at a glance.
 
 

Mission and Goals for English 102

Course Mission Statement

In the transition from high school/general reading and writing to scholarly/academic reading and writing, undergraduate students require a basic knowledge of scholarly sources for secondary research.  The library sessions in English 102 provide you with an introduction to the resources of the Rutgers University Libraries as well as to methods of searching, evaluation of information sources, and MLA citation style.  For many undergraduates this is the only formal introduction to scholarly library research you will receive at Rutgers-Newark, and you can use what you learn here in many of your other classes as well.

Outcome Goals

After this class, you will be able to:

  • Find books in the Rutgers system.
  • Find scholarly articles and other credible sources.
  • Evaluate information sources.
  • Prepare a quick bibliography in MLA style.

Missions and Standards Addressed

1. Support of University mission:

  • providing for the instructional needs of New Jersey’s citizens through its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs

2. Support of Campus mission:

  • The academic mission of Rutgers University in Newark is to provide a first-rate education to an exceptionally diverse community of undergraduates and graduate students.

3. Association of College and Research Libraries.  ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework)

  • Frame 4:  Research as Inquiry

Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field.

Novice learners acquire strategic perspectives on inquiry and a greater repertoire of investigative methods.

  • Frame 6: Searching as Strategic Exploration

Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops.

4. Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Requirements of Affiliation and Standards for Accreditation, [Online Version updated March 2009 at http://www.msche.org/publications/CHX06_Aug08REVMarch09.pdf ](p.42). 

The document states that "information literacy is an essential component of any educational program at the graduate or undergraduate levels."  Applicable skills on the Middle States list include the ability to:

  • access information effectively and efficiently;
  • evaluate critically the sources and content of information.

5. Information Literacy Progression Standards (VALE-NJLA) 

  • Standard 2:  Accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • Standard 3:  Evaluates and thinks critically about information.
  • Standard 4:  Uses information effectively for a specific purpose.
  • Standard 5:  Uses information ethically and legally.

 

Subject Librarian

Roberta Tipton
Contact:
Roberta L. Tipton
Business Librarian
Public Administration Librarian
Information Literacy Coordinator
The John Cotton Dana Library
Rutgers-Newark
973-353-5910
tipton at rutgers.edu
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