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Think Like a Researcher: Instruction Resources: Overall Summary

Teaching Research And Information Literacy (TRAIL) Curriculum Resources for Writing 10

Overview of TRAIL

This chart allows for an overview of the TRAIL components at a glance.


Lessons & Activities Readings Tutorials Reflections Assignments

Think Like a Researcher (In-Class Activity); Complements Discussion & Jack Andraka TED Talk

Discovering Key Words in CREDO Reference / Brainstorming

Developing Successful Research Questions (In-Class Activity) / What Makes a Good Research Topic? – Handout (Inside Class Activity)

Avoiding Researcher Bias / Bigfoot - Mike Rugg video (In-Class Activity)

How to Read a Scholarly Article (In-Class Activity)

Library Visit

Chat with a Librarian on 24/7 Chat Reference Service (In-Class Activity

Learning Curve: How College Graduates Solve Information Problems Once They Enter the Workplace (Head)

“You Won’t Finish this Article” (Manjoo in Slate)

“Is Google Making Us Stupid?” (Carr in The Atlantic)

“Writing from Sources, Writing from Sentences” (Howard, Serviss, and Rodrique)

“Annoying Ways People Use Sources” (Stedman)

Learning the Ropes: How Freshmen Conduct Research Once They Enter College (Head)

Credo Reference Tutorial (Guide on the Side)

Google Tutorials – Using Google for Academic Research

Information Cycle Tutorial & Questions (part of larger series)

Opposing Viewpoints Tutorial (Guide on the Side)

Academic Search Complete Tutorial (Guide on the Side)

Reflecting on the Research Process (Personal & Academic)

Academic Reading – Jet Ski

Using Google for Academic Research

What Kind of Information Do I Need?

Researcher Bias

Research Question

Library Visit / Source Evaluation

Research Challenges

Incorporating Information into a Research Paper

Rhetorical Analysis

Research Proposal

Annotated Bibliography

Final Argument Paper