University of Rhode Island Libraries
University Library faculty provide library instruction for all sections of the
first-year Writing courses offered by the URI
Department of Writing and
Rhetoric. Each semester approximately sixty sections visit the library where
students learn to retrieve citations to periodical articles from a reference
database and to access the text of those articles to support a research
assignment. They learn not only the mechanics of using a database, but also
search strategies and evaluation of the sources they find. In additions,
several classes enrolled in the Early Credit High School Program in
Composition come to the library each semester for the same instruction.
- Students will learn how to retrieve citations to credible articles
published in journals and magazines, and identify them as scholarly or non-scholarly.
- Students will learn how to access those articles through URI Libraries.
- Students will formulate a search strategy by using a concept map to write a research question and identify its main concepts.
- Students will identify citations to appropriate articles using their search strategy in a general reference database.
- Students will retrieve the full text of the articles using library resources.
- Students will evaluate their articles by determining their credibility based on authority, currency, accuracy, relevance, and bias.
For more information regarding the Library's
sessions for the College Writing Program, please contact Jim Kinnie at (401) 874-9240 or
If you have any questions about the Libraries
Instruction Services, please contact Chair of Public Services Deborah Mongeau or Information
Literacy Librarian Mary MacDonald. Deborah can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (401) 874-4610. Mary
can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or by
telephone at (401) 874-4635.