Monday, February 28, 2005

Research 101 and Our First Blog Entry!

This blog will allow me (Miriam Unruh) and the other LAC staff to share web sites, study tips and other useful information with UM students, faculty and staff on a semi-regular basis. We love feedback, so please feel free to comment.

Next week’s LAC workshops are:

  • Editing Your Final Draft (Monday - Information Commons, Elizabeth Dafoe Library)
  • Punctuation (Tuesday @ 3:15 in Room 529-31 University Centre)

March is all about students writing and figuring out how to write research papers. There are a large number of good online resources available (see "Related Web Sites"), but Research 101 is one of the best. Developed by the librarians at the University Washington, this online web “workshop” is comprehensive, presents information in small manageable bits, and is easy to navigate. It’s perfect for students who are just learning how to research and write research papers. Particularly useful are the sections on the “information cycle” and how to narrow your topic.

Another site, Purdue's OWL (Online Writing Lab), well known among LAC type people, is an invaluable resource for students and faculty alike. It is chock full of useful handouts on the writing process, editing issues, and grammar.