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,
What Is Searchpath?
a resource for NJIT 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 from http://library.njit.edu/library/researchhelpdesk/howto/searchpath/index.htm
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 searching in the Periodical Abstracts database.
Better Web seaching
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 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?
designed for students in classes with a substantial writing component
or introductory-level research, especially for Freshman Composition
Courses (HUM 099/101). 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.
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 email their quiz results to you.
have chosen to give extra credit points to students who complete
Searchpath. We strongly suggest that students be required
to pass the quizzes 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 computer lab classrooms, 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--preferably
call us at least 2 weeks ahead. Requests will be filled on a first-come
Click here for
information on arranging a library instruction session