This information has been provided for librarians, instructors,
faculty and other educators interested in learning more about Searchpath.
If you have contributions or suggestions about using Searchpath,
Searchpath is a resource for
Chabot students, a self-instructional tutorial to teach them basic library and research
skills. It covers the research process from initial topic selection to citation
styles and the issue of plagiarism. There is a link to Searchpath on the Library's home page or it can be accessed directly
Its content is organized into six modules:
an overview that introduces students to various types of sources.
Choosing a topic
tips on broadening and narrowing a topic and discusses search
has live practice searches in our online catalog.
practice live searches in the EBSCOhost database.
Using the Web
includes the comparative evaluation of Web sources.
includes the topics of citing, plagiarism, and copyright.
complete the tutorial on their own time outside of class. Each of
its six sections takes about 15 to 35 minutes and students can complete
one or more modules at a time. Each of the modules is followed by
a short quiz (see details below).
Is It Designed For?
is designed for students in classes with a substantial writing component, introductory-level research,
or has a critical thinking requriement--especially for English 1A,
English 4, English 7, French 2B, and other courses in History,
Sociology, Health Sciences, and more. However, we hope instructors of other
classes will find it useful and assign it to their students.
Can Instructors Effectively Use Searchpath with Their Courses?
have students complete Searchpath before they begin their
research or attend a library session. Students can complete Searchpath
on their own time and submit their quiz results to you.
There is also a test you can get from the Library which you can
integrate into your Blackboard Course Shell. Contact
Buchwald for more information.
is followed by a short quiz and a results page, which provides an
overall percentage score for that module, as well as a summary of
questions answered right or wrong. Students can either print the
six results pages with their name and submit the printouts to you
as proof of completion or they can save the pages and email the quiz results to you.
If you prefer, the Library can send you a test for you to put into
Blackboard. It contains twenty-five questions and you would
get the results directly.
have chosen to give extra credit points to students who complete
Searchpath. We strongly suggest that students be required
to pass the quizzes or the Blackboard Test with a score of at least 85% or better.
may retake a quiz as many times as they want to improve their score.
Searchpath Replace Library Instruction?
No! We continue
to offer course-related library instruction and hope that you will
incorporate a library session into your syllabus. Timing is important!
Have your students complete Searchpath, then schedule library instruction
with us for a date after they've received an assignment.
Then they will learn about searching databases when they need these
skills to complete their research assignment. Research has shown
learn best and retain most when they need the information.
- Library instruction
is more effective when the course instructor is present.
- Library instruction
is more effective when coordinated with a class assignment.
has an electronic classroom, which librarians use for computer
demonstrations and hands-on training. These are heavily booked,
so please schedule early to reserve the date and time you need--call us at least
one week ahead. Requests will be filled on a first-come
arrange a library instruction session, please fill out the online
Library Instruction Request form, or pick a paper copy at the
Distance Education courses, we strongly recommend you make
SearchPath a requirement for the entire class (if a student has
taken it before, have them complete the test the Library provides).
Make sure to encourage students to come to the Library if they live
in the metro area (ask them to plan to do research in the Library
for at least an hour). If they do not live in the metro area
or are unable to, please make a point to inform them about the
Library web pages and instructions on how to access databases
off-campus. Librarians do provide assistance through
E-Mail and phone.