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Faculty Support: What are they?


Research Guides for Classes

Yes, we can make a Research Guide for your class!

Research Guides can be created to include information related to library resources useful to a particular:

  • Major
  • Class
  • Class Assignment
  • Resource

If you're interested in working with the library to create a Research Guide please contact your department's library liaison. Your liaison will be happy to consult with you on the information you'd like to present as well as the related resources we have.

What are Research Guides?

A Research Guide is a helpful online aid that students can use to research a certain topic

These guides usually contain listings of recommended resources for finding information such as books, eBooks, databases, or recommended websites.

Research Guides can be created for a specific subject area, subtopic, class, ore even a specific class assignment. 

Research Guides can also be used to gain fluency in using a certain research tool or technique.

Tinker Toys

Research Guides are composed of boxes, and these boxes, once created, can be assembled, dissassembled, and then reassembled, quickly and easily - just like a set of tinkertoys.


Outside Groups

Occasionally the library will be contacted by a secondary teacher whose class has found one of our Research Guides, used it and liked it, and has a suggestions for a new link. Assuming the link is suitable for our audience, we are happy to add the link and credit the source. An example might be:

Suggested by, Ms. Ford's 4th Grade Class, ABC Elementary School,

Mary, Fred, Quantisha, Eugene, Kim, Antoine, Darryl, Quinn, Natasha, and Hector.

The Thrift Library does not promote for profit websites and will not post links to .coms unless there is enough free content provided to warrant our student's use.

Sample Research Guides

If you're interested in getting a Research Guide for your class or department, here are some Research Guides we've already created that can serve as examples:

Science Research - a Research Guide on conducting general science research using the library's resources

Business 490 - a Research Guide created specifically for the Business 490 research project

DISCUS Databases - a Research Guide which deals exclusively with DISCUS databases, their use, content, and applications

Examples of Best Practices from Other Libraries

Research Guide participants belong to a cooperative community that has agreed to share the fruit of their labors. We can borrow content and ideas from our peers and they can do the same. If you find a Research Guide that you like somewhere else, we can quickly and easily create the equivalent.

Best of Research Guides Site

HINT: One way to quickly find Research Guide examples is to search the internet for "Research Guide and Your Topic"