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The Research & Instructional Design team’s librarians work with faculty to help students to develop a deep understanding and proficiency with discovering, contextualizing, and sharing information for a scholarly audience.

Areas of Focus

Information Discovery

James Library Reading Room, 1954
James Library Reading Room, Hamilton College, 1954.

Librarians work with students to match their information needs and search strategies to appropriate search tools. This is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of sources and the flexibility to pursue alternate approaches as new understanding emerges. We provide students with an overview of the research process with the aim of helping them focus and refine topics for further exploration. In particular, we work with students to develop strategies for searching the millions of items available to them through the library catalog, the library’s nearly two-hundred specialized databases, and the open web.

 

Information Evaluation and Contextualization

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Francis Barlow, The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, 1687. Wikimedia Commons

Librarians instruct students on evaluating and contextualizing information from both formal and informal sources and media types. This often begins with discussing basic indicators of credibility like publication type and author credentials to develop students’ awareness of how authority is constructed in various disciplines. We also guide students in asking relevant questions about the origins, context, and suitability of the primary sources they are considering for use in their research.

 

Data Collection and Organization

Periodic Table
Periodic table. PAVM/Pixabay

Librarians help develop students’ understanding of how the collection and organization of information affects its discoverability. We also work with students on collection-related projects ranging from the creation of metadata records for class assignments to organizing their own research using RefWorks.

 

Citation and Scholarly Communication

Six Scholars Sitting Around a Table
Six Scholars Sitting Around a Table by Hans Burgkmair (1473–1531). Metropolitan Museum of Art

Scholarly communication is a term used by librarians to describe the ways scholars create and share their work with others. It is often characterized as a lifecycle that encompasses the creation, publication, dissemination and discovery of scholarly research. We use teaching the basics of citing sources as an opportunity to engage students in a broader discussion of issues like peer review, publishing practices, and the nature of scholarly conversation in various disciplines.

 

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Course Support, 2021-22

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Audio and Video Production

  • AFRST 214 - Black Voices in Song

    Assignment: Presentation, Video
    Tools: Google Slides, PowerPoint, Zoom
    Professor: C. Botha
    LITS: S. Cunningham
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ANTHR 319 - Crossing and Transgressions

    Assignment: Podcast
    Tools: PowerPoint, Zoom
    Professor: M. Durrani
    LITS: B. Saltzman
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ART 213 - Introduction to Video

    Assignment: Video
    Tools: Adobe Premier
    Professor: E. Gant
    LITS: B. Olsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ART 221 - Introduction to Animation

    Assignment: Video, Animation
    Tools: Adobe Premier
    Professor: E. Gant
    LITS: B. Olsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ASNST 160 - Everyday Islam

    Assignment: Podcast, Research Paper
    Tools: Audacity, Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog, PowerPoint, Zoom
    Professor: U. Hamid
    LITS: S. Cunningham, K. Strohmeyer
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • DART 240 - Performance, Ritual & Technology

    Assignment: Performance, Video
    Tools: DJI Mavic Drone, DJI Mavic 2 Drone, DJI Phantom 4 Pro Drone
    Professor: A. Huff
    LITS: D. Higgins
    Semester: Fall 2021

Data Analysis

  • ECON 166 - Economic Theory & Evidence

    Assignment: MS Excel Workbook
    Tools: MS Excel
    Professor: M. Alloush
    LITS: A. Wu
    Semester: Fall 2020

  • ECON 266 - Econometrics

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: STATA
    Professor: P. Chaudhuri
    LITS: A. Wu
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ECON 421 - Development Economics

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: STATA
    Professor: E. Conover
    LITS: A. Wu
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • GOVT 230 - Data Analysis

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: STATA
    Professor: Z. Chen
    LITS: A. Wu
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • HIST 156 - Making Modern Cities

    Assignment: Map, Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Internet Resources, Library Catalog, Story Maps
    Professor: L. Trivedi
    LITS: D. Reichler, K. Strohmeyer
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • HIST 377 - Violence, Law & Justice in the Middle Ages

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Google Sheets
    Professor: J. Eldevik
    LITS: D. Higgins
    Semester: Fall 2021

Extended Reality

  • ARTH 108 - The Divine Body

    Assignment: Online Exhibit, Presentation
    Tools: Google Maps
    Professor: A. Menon
    LITS: B. Saltzman
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ARTH 284 - Northern Renaissance Art

    Assignment: Online Exhibit, Presentation
    Tools: Artsteps
    Professor: L. Tillery
    LITS: B. Saltzman
    Semester: Fall 2021

Graphic Design and Visualization

  • ART 116 - Introduction to Photography

    Assignment: Photograph
    Tools: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom
    Professor: S. Forero
    LITS: B. Olsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ART 221 - Introduction to Animation

    Assignment: Video, Animation
    Tools: Adobe Premier
    Professor: E. Gant
    LITS: B. Olsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ARTH 108 - The Divine Body

    Assignment: Online Exhibit, Presentation
    Tools: Google Maps
    Professor: A. Menon
    LITS: B. Saltzman
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ARTH 284 - Northern Renaissance Art

    Assignment: Online Exhibit, Presentation
    Tools: Artsteps
    Professor: L. Tillery
    LITS: B. Saltzman
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ARTH 320 - Race & Racism in the Middle Ages

    Assignment: Website
    Tools: WordPress
    Professor: L. Tillery
    LITS: D. Higgins
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • BIO 214 - Healthcare Systems

    Assignment: Map
    Tools: ArcGIS Online, Story Maps
    Professor: H. Lehman
    LITS: D. Reichler
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • COLEG 300 - NYC program

    Assignment: Photograph, Website
    Tools:
    Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, WordPress Professor: R. Knight
    LITS: D. Higgins, L. Mayo, B. Olsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ECON 166 - Economic Theory & Evidence

    Assignment: MS Excel Workbook
    Tools: MS Excel
    Professor: M. Alloush
    LITS: A. Wu
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ECON 266 - Econometrics

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: STATA
    Professor: P. Chaudhuri
    LITS: A. Wu
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ECON 421 - Development Economics

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: STATA
    Professor: E. Conover
    LITS: A. Wu
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ENVST 110 - Introduction to Environmental Studies

    Assignment: Map
    Tools: ArcGIS Online
    Professor: A. Strong
    LITS: D. Reichler
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ENVST 220 - Cultural & Natural History of the Adirondack Park

    Assignment: Blog, Website
    Tools: WordPress
    Professor: W. Galusky
    LITS: G. Asu, D. Higgins
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ENVST 234 - Environmental Justice

    Assignment: Website
    Tools: WordPress
    Professor: P. Chandrasekaran
    LITS: D. Higgins
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ENVST 340 - Changing Arctic Ecosystems

    Assignment: Map
    Tools: ArcGIS Online, Story Maps
    Professor: H. Kropp
    LITS: D. Reichler
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • GOVT 230 - Data Analysis

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: STATA
    Professor: Z. Chen
    LITS: A. Wu
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • HEOP - Higher Education Opportunity Program

    Assignment: Poster
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, PowerPoint, Zoom
    Professor: K. Brewer
    LITS: G. Asu, S. Cunningham
    Semester: Summer 2021

  • HIST 124 - Silk Road

    Assignment: Map, Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Internet Resources, Library Catalog, Story Maps
    Professor: L. Trivedi
    LITS: D. Reichler, K. Strohmeyer
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • HIST 156 - Making Modern Cities

    Assignment: Bibliography, Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Internet Resources, Library Catalog, MS Excel
    Professor: L. Trivedi
    LITS: A. Wohnsen, A. Wu
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • HIST 377 - Violence, Law & Justice in the Middle Ages

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Google Sheets
    Professor: J. Eldevik
    LITS: D. Higgins
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • PPOL 500 - Senior Project

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog, Powerpoint
    Professor: F. Anechiarico
    LITS: L. Mayo, A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • PSYCH 324 - Law and Human Behavior

    Assignment: Poster
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Powerpoint
    Professor: K. Williams
    LITS: G. Asu, A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • SOC 238 - Sports & Society

    Assignment: Website
    Tools: WordPress
    Professor: A. Manning
    LITS: D. Higgins, R. Larson
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • SOC 329 - Sociology of Food Production

    Assignment: Blog
    Tools: WordPress
    Professor: S. Ellingson
    LITS: D. Higgins, R. Larson
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • THETR 105 - Introduction to Making Theatre

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools:
    Professor: J. Larson
    LITS: S. Strohmeyer
    Semester: Fall 2021

Information Literacy

  • ARCH 510 - Senior Seminar

    Assignment: Thesis
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog, RefWorks
    Professor: L. Carpenter
    LITS: R. Larson
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ASNST 115 - Science & Islam: A Global History

    Assignment: Research Papers
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog
    Professor: S. Datoo
    LITS: A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ASNST 160 - Everyday Islam

    Assignment: Podcast, Research Paper
    Tools: Audacity, Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog, PowerPoint, Zoom
    Professor: U. Hamid
    LITS: S. Cunningham, K. Strohmeyer
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • BICHM 346 - Biochemistry Lab

    Assignment: Bibliography, Literature Review, Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, RefWorks
    Professor: N. Relles
    LITS: G. Asu
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • BIO 100F - Genetic Engineering

    Assignment: Bibliography, Literature Review, Research Paper
    Professor: N. Nannas
    LITS: G. Asu
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • BIO 100J - Our Blue Planet

    Assignment: Bibliography, Literature Review, Research Paper
    Professor: P. Reynolds
    LITS: G. Asu
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • BIO 428 - Seminar in Genetic Medicine

    Assignment: Bibliography, Literature Review, Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases
    Professor: N. Nannas
    LITS: G. Asu
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • GOVT 112-01 - Comparative Politics

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Library Catalog
    Professor: A. Chan
    LITS: A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • GOVT 112-02 - Comparative Politics

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Library Catalog
    Professor: S. Orvis
    LITS: A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • GOVT 112 -03 - Comparative Politics

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Library Catalog
    Professor: P. Maghsoud-Nia
    LITS: A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • HEOP - Higher Education Opportunity Program

    Assignment: Poster
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, PowerPoint, Zoom
    Professor: K. Brewer
    LITS: G. Asu, S. Cunningham
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • HIST 156 - Making Modern Cities

    Assignment: Map, Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Internet Resources, Library Catalog, Story Maps
    Professor: L. Trivedi
    LITS: D. Reichler, K. Strohmeyer
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • HIST 159 - America in Two World Wars

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Internet Resources, Library Catalog
    Professor: T. Seidule
    LITS: R. Larson
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • HSPST 400 - Writers of the Boom

    Assignment: Research Papers
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog
    Professor: J. Burke
    LITS: A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • LIT 118 - Food in Literature & Film

    Assignment: Presentation
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Internet Resources, Library Catalog
    Professor: N. Guttman
    LITS: A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • LIT 119 - Literature as/of Medicine

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog
    Professor: O. Oerlemans
    LITS: A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • LIT 129 - Truth & Justice: The American Way

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog
    Professor: D. Larson
    LITS: A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • LIT 148 - Echoes and Encores

    Assignment: Class Discussion
    Professor: P. Sundar
    LITS: A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • LIT 149 - Finding Identity

    Assignment: Presentation, Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Internet Resources, Library Catalog
    Professor: K. Terrell
    LITS: A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • LIT 221 - Intro to Old English

    Assignment: Presentation, Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog
    Professor: K. Terrell
    LITS: K. Strohmeyer
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • LIT 222 - Chaucer: Gender & Genre

    Assignment: Presentation, Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog
    Professor: K. Terrell
    LITS: K. Strohmeyer
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • LIT 242 - Drama in Dialogue

    Assignment: Bibliography, Presentation, Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog
    Professor: K. Terrell
    LITS: K. Strohmeyer
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • LIT 314 - The New Confessional

    Assignment: Essay
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Internet Resources, Library Catalog
    Professor: J. Springer
    LITS: R. Larson
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • LIT 380 - Contemporary Graphic Narrative

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog
    Professor: B. Widiss
    LITS: R. Larson
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • LIT 496 - Seminar: Independent Projects

    Assignment: Thesis
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog
    Professor: B. Widiss
    LITS: R. Larson
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • PPOL 500 - Senior Project

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog, Powerpoint
    Professor: F. Anechiarico
    LITS: L. Mayo, A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • PSYCH 324 - Law and Human Behavior

    Assignment: Poster
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Powerpoint
    Professor: K. Williams
    LITS: G. Asu, A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • PSYCH 500 - Senior Project

    Assignment: Bibliography, Literature Review, Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog
    Professor: E. Harrigan
    LITS: G. Asu
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • PSYCH 500 - Senior Project

    Assignment: Bibliography, Literature Review, Thesis
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog
    Professor: K. Faig
    LITS: G. Asu
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • RELST 330 - Martyrdom in Antiquity

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog
    Professor: S. Griffis
    LITS: K. Strohmeyer
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • SOC 549 - Senior Seminar

    Assignment: Thesis
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog, RefWorks
    Professor: J. Kucinskas
    LITS: R. Larson
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • THETR 105 - Introduction to Making Theatre

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools:
    Professor: J. Larson
    LITS: S. Strohmeyer
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • WMGST 101-01 - Introduction to Women & Gender Studies

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog
    Professor: M. Stember
    LITS: L. Mayo
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • WMGST 101-03 - Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog
    Professor: S. Hussain
    LITS: A. Wohnsen
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • WMGST 201 - Introduction to Feminist Though

    Assignment: Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Library Catalog, RefWorks
    Professor: M. Stember
    LITS: L. Mayo
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • WMGST 301 - Feminist Methodological Perspective

    Assignment: Bibliography, Literature Review
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases
    Professor: S. Soderling
    LITS: L. Mayo
    Semester: Fall 2021

Spatial Analysis

  • BIO 214 - Healthcare Systems

    Assignment: Map
    Tools: ArcGIS Online, Story Maps
    Professor: H. Lehman
    LITS: D. Reichler
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ENVST 110 - Introduction to Environmental Studies

    Assignment: Map
    Tools: ArcGIS Online
    Professor: A. Strong
    LITS: D. Reichler
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • ENVST 340 - Changing Arctic Ecosystems

    Assignment: Map
    Tools: ArcGIS Online, Story Maps
    Professor: H. Kropp
    LITS: D. Reichler
    Semester: Fall 2021

  • HIST 124 - Silk Road

    Assignment: Map, Research Paper
    Tools: Bibliographic Databases, Internet Resources, Library Catalog, Story Maps
    Professor: L. Trivedi
    LITS: D. Reichler, K. Strohmeyer
    Semester: Fall 2021

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