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Integrating the use of technology-based library resources into the curriculum is necessary for students to acquire vital information-seeking skills. Learning to select and use electronic information sources found on CD-ROM, mainframe computers, and via the Internet enables students to function better in today's information society. This paper explores ways to integrate electronic information resources into course assignments and looks at how electronic sources affect the planning of library instruction and instructional content. The active learning environment created by the use of Austin Peay State University's Library Instruction and Computer Room, equipped with a video networking system and 24 PCs, is addressed. The paper discusses the experiences of students in the Heritage Writing and Speaking course, an interdisciplinary course in which students write papers and learn research skills, including the library's online catalog, InfoTrac's Expanded Academic Index, an index to periodical articles, and World Wide Web searching skills using Netscape. Ways in which students can incorporate electronic information resources into their assignments and a proposed "Pre-Scholar's Workstation" with undergraduate level resources for multiple disciplines and tools to manipulate the electronic information, are also discussed. (Author/SWC)

Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Electronic Text, Higher Education, Indexes, Information Seeking, Information Skills, Internet, Journal Articles, Library Instruction, Microcomputers, Online Systems, Optical Data Disks, Reference Materials, Research Tools, Search Strategies, Skill Development, User Needs (Information), World Wide Web

Autor: Buchanan, Lori E.; And Others


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