Research guides

I like the idea that librarians are in the business of curating content for their patrons. It can be overwhelming to start a research project and be faced with endless amounts of information and resources. That’s where research guides come in; organized, selective information and resources that guide a user towards relevant content. I’ve made four guides so far, both for class projects and work.


1. Materials ResearchMaterialsResearchGuide

This LibGuide is a joint project, made for a course in Art Librarianship (Spring 2014), but published for the patrons at the Pratt Institute Libraries. It includes information, as well as print and digital resources, to assist designers doing materials research. The hope is that students will make better materials selections, and become better designers, through the course of their research.



2. Substance Use and Abuse Data

Created for a course about Data Librarianship (Spring 2014), this guide utilized Google’s Blogger platform to curate content related to data research. For a hypothetical 200-level course, I made this guide to accompany a library instruction class. The imaginery students were conducting data research on topics related to substance use and abuse. I included content about data literacy, as well as websites with relevant data and statistics.



3. Interlibrary Loan


As a Reference Clerk at the Pratt Institute Libraries, I wanted to create a LibGuide for my patrons that outline the Libraries’ ILL service. This include policies, FAQ, and information about how to submit a request. I also aded a section for other libraries wishing to borrow our materials.





4. Medical Resources

I was first introduced to research guides in Information Services and Sources (Fall 2011). With fellow classmate Carolyn Bratnober, we created a LibGuide in response to a case study challenging us to create a reference tool that makes medical information accessible to tech-saavy doctors when they make house-calls in rural Iowa. To develop this mobile reference tool, we looked to the literature and to prestigious medical libraries for inspiration. After compiling a list of resources for consideration for our guide, we evaluated and tested these resources, considering format, scope, arrangement and authority. The selected resources were grouped into three categories: databases, websites, and apps.



About Gina Shelton

I am a Reference Clerk at the Pratt Institute Libraries' Brooklyn campus and am currently working on my MSLIS.
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