Speakers: Erin O'Toole and Carl Adkins, University of North Texas Libraries
Environmental Science is a high-enrollment, freshman-level class in the core curriculum of the University of North Texas (UNT). The course is taken by many students who do not plan to major in science, particularly education majors. One of the instructors, Dr. Rudi Thompson, specializes in the training of science educators and is a proponent of active learning. She asked librarian Erin O’Toole, Library Liaison to Biological Sciences, to find reading materials that would prepare the students for debates on the environmental topics of evolution and global warming.
O’Toole decided that this was a ripe opportunity to introduce Dr. Thompson and graduate library assistant Carl Adkins to the RefShare feature of the bibliographic manager, RefWorks, which is available to all UNT faculty, staff and students. O’Toole and Adkins will discuss how they identified readings appropriate for non-science majors, collected the citations and readings in RefWorks, communicated with each other through RefShare, and finally presented the reading lists and readings to the instructor through RefShare. All this was done without a single sheet of paper!
Points of interest:
- How to select environmental science readings for non-science majors
- How to share documents, citations and notes with faculty using RefShare
- How to attach full-text documents to citations and create reading lists in RW
Using RefShare is a green way to share documents and your annotations with faculty members.