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Library Research Help

Get support for research projects from the library through multiple outlets

The Wise Scholar

The Wise Scholar is Hekman Library's framework for teaching information literacy, developed by Research and Instruction librarians Amanda Matthysse and Sarah Kolk, to provide a faithful, holistic approach to this critical area of higher education. Its goal is to use "a unique application of critical skills and Christian values" to teach "the work and character of scholarship, building the foundation for life-long learning..." (taken from the Wise Scholar white paper). The Wise Scholar highlights 5 major practices of research (Questioning, Searching, Evaluating, Using, and Sharing) with 5 key virtues of learning (Wonder, Persistence, Discernment, Integrity, and Humility) in an iterative, interconnected structure.

For more information and instructional resources for applying the Wise Scholar research practices and virtues refer to the following sources.

Faculty Notes for Research Instruction Support

In-class instruction

Librarians regularly offer course-based instruction on using the library's resources and on developing effective research skills. Many faculty collaborate with librarians for instructional sessions in the library and in the classroom, both in full group settings and through one-on-one sessions with students. We will work with you to complement your course planning and student learning needs.

Librarian research support

Faculty and students can work with librarians for personalized support in their research. Librarians are available for consultation through in-person or Teams meetings, through their Calvin email, and through IM Live Chat on the library homepage during normal library hours. We encourage you to provide your students with information that will help them connect with the library for support.

  • To schedule and plan for library instruction, or to arrange for your students to meet with a librarian for individualized research support, please contact your librarian by subject (liaison)

Library learning objects

Librarians continue to create online learning objects for asynchronous instruction as needed. Some of the offerings include Subject and Class guides with recommendations for beginning research and video tutorials reviewing many library skills and resources step-by-step. We provide these objects for you to embed in your courses as you like, and they are also available for all to view through the library website and on YouTube.