The Carl B. Ylvisaker Library owns several items that contain excellent information on supporting and instructing first-year students as well as practical tips for integrating research skills.
Challenging and Supporting the First-Year Student: A Handbook for Improving the First Year of College (LB 2343.3 .U63 2005) Edited by M. Lee Upcraft, John Gardner, and Betsy Barefoot, this book is full of practical advise on supporting students as they transition from high schools to college. Francine McNairy, president of Millersville University says this is "a powerful and substantive resource... This is a must read for administrators and faculty who are committed to a holistic living and learning educational environment for first year students."
The Craft of Research (Q 180.55 .M4 B66 2003) This book by Wayne Booth, Joseph Williams, and Gregory Colomb provides more than your average writing instruction manual. The Craft of Research guides writers through the entire process, from defining a thesis statement to revising a final paper. Also included are excellent strategies for conducting research in an academic library.
Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds (LD 2160 .L54 2001) Richard Light interviewed 1600 students to hear about their coping methods and their college successes. The resulting book is filled with stories, failures, discoveries and successes. This book a must-read for any college educator interested in knowing and understanding college students.
Teaching Information Literacy: 35 Practical, Standards-based Exercises for College Students (ZA 3075 .B87 2003) This practical handbook was written by three librarians. It is full of great ideas for information literacy assignments that are easily integrated with course content on almost any topic. Use Burkhardt, Macdonald, and Rathemacher's assignment ideas to further your students' information literacy competence.
Thinking About Teaching and Learning (LB 2331 .L43 1999) Robert Leamnson has written a fascinating book about just how the teaching we do affects the learning of our students. This work presents new findings on the biology behind learning and will challenge you to examine and possibly refresh your classroom practices.