Successful Strategies for Teaching Undergraduate Research | Professional Media

successful1Successful Strategies for Teaching Undergraduate Research. Scarecrow. 2013. 204p. ed. by Marta Deyrup & Beth Bloom. notes. index. ISBN 9780810887169. pap. $65; ebk. ISBN 9780810887176. PRO MEDIA

Editors Deyrup and Bloom (catalog coordinator and information literacy coordinator, respectively, Seton Hall Univ. Libs.) have assembled a rich group of contributors to provide a variety of perspectives on the subject of how to teach undergraduates some basic research strategies. There are pieces here by undergraduate faculty and by academic librarians, e.g., “Toward the ‘Good’ Research Assignment: An Academic Speaks,” by Williamjames H. Hoffer in Seton Hall University’s department of history, and “Toward the ‘Good’ Research Assignment: A Librarian Speaks,” by Roberta Tipton, business and information literacy librarian at Rutgers University. Of particular interest are entries highlighting the dynamic ways in which technology is being incorporated into the student information-seeking process. For example, there are extensive descriptions of successful programs helping students become approved Wikipedia editors so as to gain research and online publishing experience. Chapters related to evaluation, developing effective relationships with faculty, and classroom activities round out the offerings. The notes section ending each entry will guide librarians who wish to explore each topic further. VERDICT A helpful work both for those new to research instruction and those looking to revitalize their approaches to engaging students. [See “Wiki Literacy,” an interview with contributor Davida Scharf, at—Ed.]—Kendra Auberry, Indian River State Coll. Lib., Port St. Lucie, FL