Session Three: Citing Sources
During this session students create RefWorks accounts. They will then learn how to use various features of RefWorks to create bibliographies, as well as how to move citations from Google Scholar and UW-Search into RefWorks. I’ve often found that students also like to learn how to use RefWorks when searching a database, so I usually go through that as well.
The class begins on the Ed Psych Course Guide on the Cite Sources tab. I point out the various aspects of citations . Students then participate in an exercise in which they create their own citations by dragging and dropping the segments together until they are in the right order. Students then answer a poll:
After the quiz, I will then transition by telling students that the library has a free tool that makes creating citations a lot easier. I then navigate to the UW-Libraries homepage and point out the link to RefWorks. Students sign up for RefWorks accounts. I will then demonstrate the various features of RefWorks (Such as how to create a folder).
I will briefly go over how to import items into RefWorks from UW search and Google Scholar. After I demonstrate Search @ UW Students will then find an article from Search @ UW and import it into RefWorks. I then demonstrate how to link Google Scholar to UWM libraries and RefWorks, and then students are given time to import articles from Google Scholar into RefWorks. At this time I walk around observing and offering assistance, which also allows for informal assessment. I notice that many students are able to pick up RefWorks fairly quickly, however the biggest obstacle to learning RefWorks is still finding appropriate sources.
Lastly, I demonstrate how to create a bibliography. I might have shown this feature earlier in my RefWorks demonstration, but it helps to repeat. As always, I end class reminding students of the various ways they can get help in the library.