The Apprentice Researcher: Using Undergraduate Researchers' Personal Essays to Shape Instruction and Services

Jennifer L. Bonnet, Sigrid Anderson Cordell, Jeffrey Cordell, Gabriel J. Duque, Pamela J. MacKintosh, Amanda Peters
2013 portal: Libraries and the Academy  
Little is known about the intellectual journey of advanced undergraduates engaged in the research process. Moreover, few studies of this population of library users include students' personal essays as a point of analysis in their scholarly pursuits. To gain insights into the research trajectory of apprentice researchers at the University of Michigan, the Library examined the personal essays that students submitted for its inaugural undergraduate research award. These essays chronicled
more » ... intellectual growth and development throughout the research process. Drawing on observations about the unique needs of these students, the authors analyze the implications for library instruction and services.
doi:10.1353/pla.2013.0007 fatcat:moohwuwxebe5tjei5tx6dtqveq