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Teaching with Librarians: Using APA PsycINFO and the PICO Framework in Education Instruction

Teaching with Librarians: Using APA PsycINFO and the PICO Framework in Education Instruction In-Person

Speakers: Denise Dimsdale (Library) and Dr. Sarah Carlson (CEHD)


Denise Dimsdale, Education Librarian and Dr. Sarah Carlson, Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s Learning Sciences department, will discuss how they developed two classroom activities to help students with​ choosing a topic for ​working on annotated bibliography and literature review ​assignments.


The first activity involves a unique approach to using the APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms within the APA PsycINFO database to identify available topics, ​and how to narrow down topic searches to obtain a more doable list of results (e.g., using filters). The second classroom activity involves using a modified version of the PICO (Population, Intervention/Investigation, Comparison, Outcome) framework ​to guide students for narrowing down their topics of interest even further, thinking of how to group their topics of interest into subtopics. Each will be presented with an example and student feedback.


Teaching with Librarians is a new series of talks spotlighting faculty/librarian teaching partnerships across the GSU campuses, aimed at faculty and graduate student instructors and library staff interested in instruction. Each informal session features a team of librarians/archivists and faculty discussing their specific teaching collaboration -- their planning, processes, obstacles, and successes -- with time for audience questions, conversation, and brainstorming. By highlighting creative possibilities for course-based instruction, we hope to inspire and encourage instructors to consider new possibilities for teaching with librarians.


This talk will be recorded and a link to the recording will be available as soon as possible.

Friday, March 13, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
CURVE, Library South 2
Downtown Campus Library
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Humanities Instruction Librarian

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