Instructor Resources – Researching Your Content: How to Find and Evaluate Information and Cite What You Know

Students will learn to identify effective information seeking behaviors for a range of research situations. These include skills for finding information, evaluating sources for validity and usefulness, documenting and citing sources, and learning to research literate activity.


Learning About

Article –  Eavesdropping on the Conversation: Situating an Undergraduate’s Role within the Scope of Academic Journals

Description: Kylie Wojciechowski studies scholarly writing by explaining how her personality and understanding of audience collide in the genre of academic journals. She discovers that even though scholarly journals appear to have a very specific intended audience, these sources are extremely useful to students writing at all academic levels.

What’s it good for?: Providing undergraduates with reassurance that there is room for them in the intimidating sphere of academic journals.


Author: Kylie Wojciechowski


Audio Clip –  How Does This Make Meaning for Me: Why Is “How” Important to Writing Researchers?

Description: Chamere Poole speaks with members of the Writing Program’s Experimental Teaching Group about introducing and assessing uptake genres in the writing classroom.

What’s it good for?: Discussing how students approach composition in order to understand and assist the research processes they engage in.


Author: Chamere Poole


Video – First and Goal: Researching on the Evolving Information Highway Part One

Description: Is football really a literate practice that involves researching for content? What sort of content? What methods have coaches used over the years, and how has new technologies shaped these? What sort of representation is required of coaches? How might technology have changed coaches, players, and even the game itself?

What’s it good for?: Exploring the literary practices in the real-world places that students may not expect. Coaches engage in research related practices in order to better their team.


Author: Wes Gaddis 


Student Ready

Website – Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): MLA Formatting and Style Guide

Description: A website with all of the citation guidelines you could ever need. Describes how to cite many different sources in multiple contexts.

What’s it good for?: Providing students with guidelines that cover many areas of citation.


Author: Purdue University


Website – Milner Library: ENG 101 Research Guide

Description: A special web page designed by Milner Library’s Information Use & Fluency Unit aimed at students performing content research in English 101.

What’s it good for?: Encourages students to use campus resources to aid them in their writing and researching processes.


Author: Illinois State University


Website – Milner Library: Catalog and Homepage

Description: Milner Library’s page is a great place to research. Milner provides students with access to many databases and sources within the library. Use this page to filter searches and refine results to aid researchers in finding specific resources.

What’s it good for?: Providing students with Milner Library’s resources to encourage them to take advantage of databases supported by Illinois State University.


Author: Illinois State University


Audio Clip – Academic Journals Versus Wiki’s Never Done Me Wrong

Description: Students Jamie Campell and John Golden reveal and discuss their preferred research methods, sources and tools. They talk with Michelle Wright to decide how they evaluate sources, the assumed legitimacy of common sites, and the unique research processes of each individual.

What’s it good for?: Informs students about the ways in which their peers prefer to conduct research.


Author: Michelle Wright


Article – The Trend of the Pen: A Study of the Writing Attitudes and Habits of ISU Freshmen

Description: JoeyLauren Jiracek explores a freshman’s transition from high school writing to college writing by conducting a survey of ISU freshmen writers. The information gained by conducting this survey, along with Jiracek’s reflections on her own process of writing the survey, reveal how freshman can work with their attitudes towards writing to help the transition go smoothly.

What’s it good for?: Reflecting on the changes in writing practices that undergraduates go through when entering college right after high school.


Author: JoeyLauren Jiracek


Audio Clip – We Didn’t Invent This to Screw with You

Description: Thaddeus Stoklasa and Emily Johnston discuss teaching academic citation and how, too often, citation is taught as a threat rather than a useful tool for communication with other researchers.

What’s it good for?: To recognize citation as a crucial tool in the writing process.


Author: Thaddeus Stoklasa


Teacher Background Knowledge

Website – Milner: ENG 101 Instructor Guide

Description: A special web page designed by Milner Library’s Information Use & Fluency Unit for instructors teaching content research in English 101.

What’s it good for?: Encourages teachers to use campus resources to aid them in their writing and researching processes both within and outside of the classroom.


Author: Illinois State University


Article – Pass It On: Revising the “Plagiarism is Theft” Metaphor  

Description: Dr. Amy Robillard takes a look at the language that surrounds our current perception of plagiarism in the classroom. She uses rhetorical theory to summarize the problems we face with our current paradigm and discusses avenues for change in an academic setting.

What’s it good for?: A scholarly analysis of the way our language constructs our attitude toward education and highlighting the importance of conscious research practices within and outside the classroom.


Author: Amy Robillard


Podcast – Let’s CHAT – Spring 2017 – Episode 15: The MA Edition

Description: In this episode, Karishma Verma and Andrew Del Mastro discuss their experiences moving across the stages of being ENG 101 students, ENG 101 consultants and ENG 101 instructors in our Writing Program. While reflecting on their learning of how to transform their knowledge, they offer practical advice to other MA students who will be writing consults and instructors.

What’s it good for?:  Acknowledging the ever-changing nature of research and the teaching of composition and exploring the exciting new possibilities that this presents us as teachers.


Author: Cristina Sánchez-Martín and Shane Combs


Podcast – Connections between COM 110 and ENG 101

Description: The Critical Inquiry Ambassador discuss the relationship between ENG 101, COM 110, and research at Milner Library. Topics include commonalities in terminology, research attitudes, transfer, and how to continue this collaboration between ENG 101, COM 110, and Milner Library.

What’s it good for?: Identifying the commonalities between ENG 101 and COM 110 that can aid students in reaching a greater level of understanding in both areas, thus leading to stronger researching skills.


Author: Chamere Poole 


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