Research Resources Your Students Need in Subject Specific Guides

Ericka Raber, Research & Instruction Librarian

With the wealth of information resources available, students often need help finding the information they need for research projects and papers. Libguides are selective lists of subscription databases, books, journals, and other resources available through the UI Libraries.

Libguides are easily accessible from the Libraries’ website and ICON course pages. ICON’s “Library Resources” link leads to the subject libguide for each department so, for example, students in Political Science courses are guided to: http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/polisci.

Librarians can also develop course-specific libguides to help students locate quality resources for class assignments. These guides can help students at various stages of the research process, from developing a topic to citing their sources in perfect APA style. Libguides can also include dynamic features such as Twitter streams and RSS feeds.

Some recent course-specific libguides:

Libguides are available for a variety of resources, including Dissertations, Newspapers, Evidence Based Practice, Mobile Device Resources, and Citation Formats.

Usage reports provide data on how libguides are being used and which libguides get the most traffic. Statistics can also help editors refresh the guides to better meet research needs.

То learn more about using a libguide for your class, contact your librarian.