Research Guides, Information Literacy Instruction, Interlibrary Loan, and Course Reserves
The NECC Libraries offer research guides designed to help students find quality, relevant sources for a particular class or subject area. Librarians review, gather and organize relevant research resources in a single place so students have library resources at their fingertips. Because these guides are created by NECC librarians and relate directly to the curriculum, they are uniquely useful for our students. Guides can also be created for specific courses as well as on general topic areas (for instance, we publish guides on topics such as using the NoodleTools citation helper).
The NECC Research Guides are indexed in Google, and easily accessed from the library web page. If you are interested in having a guide created to complement your course or subject area, please contact us. New guides are added regularly.
Information Literacy Instruction
The NECC Librarians provide information literacy instruction for NECC courses, and sessions may be scheduled at any time the library is open, including evenings. Classes are taught by a Research & Instruction Librarian, but we require that the class instructor must also be present.
Information literacy instruction is highly recommended for any course which includes a research component, and required for any course designated as “Information Literacy Intensive” to fulfill an NECC Core Academic Skills requirement. The library has created a guide specifically for Information Literacy Intensive designated courses to help faculty incorporate this CAS into their curriculum.
Sessions are designed to fill a full class period, but can be adjusted to fit various schedules. We ask for at least one week of advance notice in to schedule instruction to allow adequate preparation time. It is also helpful for the librarian to have a copy of the assignment and/or syllabus as this will help us tailor the session to your students’ needs.
In addition to familiarizing students with the basics of using library resources, some topics we can cover include:
- The Architecture of Information – Understanding where different types of information in the discipline “live,” where we search for it, how it is produced, and how we understand data about data (catalog and database records, using subject terms for search, etc.)
- Source Evaluation – Understanding the difference between types of sources and evaluating them for purpose, use, audience, and relevance. Exploring the ideas of authority and credibility, and why those might change based on the intended use of the information.
- Advanced Web – Understanding domain names, the open nature of the web, how search engines rank information, the impact of social media, and how to evaluate a web source for reliability, accuracy and bias.
- Citation – Not just how to cite, but why we cite, and how citation creates connections and context around information.
- Ethics of Information – Understanding plagiarism, how to responsibly use and share information, “fake news,” copyright, digital rights, and open access.
- NoodleTools – NoodleTools is a bibliography-generator (supporting APA, MLA, and Chicago styles) that helps students to properly cite their sources. Students will set up their NoodleTools accounts and learn how to add different types of sources to their bibliography.
To schedule a class in Haverhill library please call 978-556-3401 or email Laura Mondt at firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule a class in Lawrence please call 978-738-7400 or email Jenny Fielding at email@example.com.
Library Research Assignments
Incorporating library research into your course assignments can help your students to better understand how information is published, organized, and disseminated in the library and on the Web. NECC Librarians, with expert knowledge of the availability and organization of print and electronic information, can help design effective research assignments that avoid confusion and frustration among your students, and help prevent plagiarism. Call Laura Mondt at the Bentley Library at (978) 556-3421 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jenny Fielding at the Lawrence Campus Library at (978) 738-7400 or email@example.com.
Online Courses and Learning
With your help, librarians can make library resources and services more accessible to your online learners. Contact Liz Teoli at the Bentley Library at (978) 556-3426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s also easy to incorporate library resources into your BlackBoard course with a few simple steps. To take advantage of this course enhancement, please contact one of the librarians.
Suggesting Items for Our Collections
As experts in your academic discipline, you have a unique understanding of the current resources that will enhance the learning experience. We are dedicated to making these resources available to you and your students, and would appreciate your insight concerning our collections. If you have a particular item that you think would be a valuable addition to the libraries, please let us know.
Faculty may need to use materials that are not accessible or available in our collections. In the event that information cannot be obtained from any of NECC’s sources, consult with a librarian or use the online request form.
The library will process up to 15 interlibrary loan requests per person each semester for NECC-related course work. Some restrictions apply. Students and faculty requesting an interlibrary loan related to course work at another institution will be referred to that institution’s interlibrary loan services.
Faculty may place reading materials on reserve at the Circulation Desk at either library for the duration of the semester. The items can restricted to “library use only” or may be checked out by students for a period of time chosen by the faculty member. Current “Reserves” are listed on a separate web page so that students can locate them easily. For more information, please contact Helen Mansur on the Haverhill campus, or Jenny Fielding on the Lawrence Campus.