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Peer Research Consultants

Training and information for PRCs


Guide on the Side (GotS) is an online tutorial program to assist people in learning to use library systems.


Created by Holly Gabriel, please look at

Created by Kristen Borysewicz, please look at

For each one, please answer:

  1. Things you like about the tutorial
  2. Anything that appears awkward
  3. General Impressions

When complete, email,, and with your findings.

GotS Assignment

Mining for In-Depth Resources

Create a new document that you will send to Karlene Clark, Holly Gabriel, and Kristen Borysewicz.

To practice locating various scholarly, in-depth e-resources, use the topic of transformational leadership.

Address the following areas:

  1. Definition
    1. Locate the definition of the term "transformational leadership" in an appropriate library reference tool. Provide a screenshot and indication what database and / or source you used.
  2. Scholarly Research Article
    1. Locate a scholarly research article on the topic of "transformational leadership." Provide an APA or MLA citation and indicate what database you used.
  3. Biographical Information
    1. Locate biographical information on one of the originators (either Bass or Avolio) of transformational leadership of your choice and use one other source such as a Biography location.
    2. Provide a screenshot of each of the sources.
    3. In one or two sentences, compare the quality of the information you found in the two sources.
  4. E-Book
    1. See if you can locate an e-book related to the topic of transformational leadership.
    2. Open the book and try using the search box to do a keyword search to see if either Bass or Avolio are mentioned in the body of the book. Choose a book that mentions one of these pioneers.
    3. Provide a screenshot of some text you want to quote. Provide your direct quote from the book with the parenthetical text citation using APA or MLA formating for the parenthetical text citation. For example, (Cassell & Hiremath, 2013, p. 222).
  5. Instrument (Questionnaire, Survey, Inventory, etc.)
    1. Locate an instrument (for example, a questionnaire, survey, or inventory) that could be used for research on the topic of transformational leadership.

    2. Provide a screenshot of the information about your selected instrument.

    3. Is the instrument published or unpublished? What led you to this conclusion?

  6. Dissertation
    1. Locate a dissertation or thesiss on the topic of transformational leadership.
    2. Provide a screenshot
    3. Provide the citation using APA or MLA formatting
    4. Indicate how someone would be able to locate the full-text of the dissertation.


Tracking Progress

Assignment 1: Search Plan Using a Table


  1. Search Plan
    1. To help determine what search terms you may need, think like a reporter
      1. WHO – Not always a person, this might be a location such as a building, a ferris wheel, or a river.
      2. WHAT – Perhaps damage from a wave, a safety concern, or a discussion of Trump tweets
      3. WHERE – the actual physical location, such as Texas
      4. WHEN – the dates
      5. WHY / ISSUES – For example, if looking for information on insurance coverage of a tidal wave, you may need to consider search terms like windstorm or hurricane.
      6. CONTINGENCY PLAN – if you can’t find what you want in the database, what is your next course of action?
  2. Search Strategy
    1. One option is a chart, as shown here. In the Research Path, list all the steps taken to reach your destination.
    2. These steps may need to be repeated multiple times. In between each, you may make notes on what was wrong or where it went off track for you. The example above went on to use Resource: Google and Google Scholar for additional ideas before returning to Resource: Westlaw.
  3. Search Results
    1. Provide a screen shot of your answer
  4. Analysis – provide a few paragraphs that answer:
    1. What did you learn about the search process?
    2. How long did you work on the question?
    3. What went well?

Include the name of your search topic at the top of the 2nd page.

You may add columns to the document to account for:

  • Date of Search
  • Filters used (such as publication date, peer-reviewed, etc)
  • Permalink to research results instead of a screenshot
  • Articles of Note

When complete, email worksheet to Karlene Clark, Holly Gabriel, and Kristen Borysewicz

Do not proceed to the next assignment until this one has been reviewed!

Assignment 2: Search Plan Using a Table Part 2

Now that you've met with the librarian on how to maximize your searching, please repeat the above exercise, utilizing your new tools.

Do not proceed to the interview until this assignment has been reviewed! You may be asked to revise and expand your searches!

Assignment 3: Follow Up on Revised Search Plan

In a new document, write down a list of all of the databases you've tried in the search plan exercise and all the various revisions. Write a short reflection on the purpose of each database and how that influenced the results / pros and cons of each. Please include:

  1. A discussion about relevance and recall of the result lists
  2. Recognition of different collections of journals / material types in the different databases
  3. Differences of functionality
  4. Anything else you think pertinent
  5. Kristen uses a toolbox analogy - which database "tool" do you choose when researching your topic and why?

English 130 Questions Assignment

English 130 Topics to Try:

  • Technology and classroom pedagogy
  • Music production / streaming and music pedagogy
  • Tech and impact on thoughts, behaviors, or attitudes
  • Tech and public policy
  • Tech and community service

This assignment is to demonstrate your ability to navigate the Research Guides.

For each question, list:

  1. Which Research Guides did you look at?
  2. Which links did you follow on the Guides?
  3. Why did you make each decision you did?