Balancing the role of scholar and teacher means constantly reminding oneself of the goals of each role.
The research skills I practice with my graduate students are different than the ones I present to our introductory students. Like most disciplinary pursuits, information literacy is best learned across time and context with increasing levels of difficulty and nuance.
Start with a question or a problem and go looking for ALL of the answers or solutions. Don't limit yourself to a predetermined thesis. Allow those that came before you to guide you. You're entering a conversation that began long before you started asking questions. Be humble.
Everywhere. That's not fair. Everywhere is overwhelming, but definitely in multiple places. As an undergraduate, cherry-picking a few sources from one place might have worked okay. As a graduate student, however, the goal is different. You are trying to become an expert in an area of scholarship which means locating the depth of what has been written. This requires time and ingenuity.
Lower-level undergraduates generally believe they must start their research with an answer and a definitive thesis. They developmentally do not yet see research as a learning process. Helping them view research as an inquiry process that shapes their topic is incredibly helpful, but can be incredibly difficult.
In three very specific places. At this level, we want to help students find general resources, and the best places to find those are in our two big multidisciplinary databases and our library catalog. Sure, we have more resources than that, but you don't want to cause overwhelm my offering too many choices.
Contrary to what Google would have you believe, most information is not free. Rod Library pays a lot of money for the resources you access through our databases, unfortunately, budgets never go as far as we wish they would. If we do not have access to the material you need, our Interlibrary Loan staff will try to get it for you.
In addition to filling out the form, many of our databases include a yellow "Find It" button.
This button will sometimes open the article's full-text from another product to which we subscribe. However, if we do not have full-text access, it will take you to a library catalog (OneSearch) screen where you can "Request from ILLiad."
NOTE: You must sign in to your Rod Library account using your CatID to see this option in the library catalog.
There are some things I love about Google Scholar, but like most things, there are downsides.
When you use it, use it with your eyes wide open and always do three things: