What does it mean to be a scholar at a research university? Let’s dig into the world of research and your unique scholar identity here on campus. After our discussion, hopefully you’ll be inspired as you continue your studies at Western, become better informed about academic research, and learn how the University Libraries can support you.
Learn how your scholarly identity is attached to what kind of school you attend scholarship and how you as a student participate in that conversation.
In this workshop, you will
This workshop is presented by Professor Kate Langan, Engagement Librarian.
IOHEs are classified according to a few different variables
Western Michigan University is called a research II university because we grant doctoral (PhD degrees) and has a high level of research activity, i.e. a lot of professors engage in original research. WMU is one of 132 universities that meets this classification.
In your college application, you applied for the job of “student” and were accepted based on your abilities, knowledge, and skills acquired in high school that shows evidence that you can be successful at a research university.
When you accepted your admission at Western, you accepted the job of being a student at a research university and the majority of that job requires that you engage in research and scholarly communication.
One of the objectives as a student is to learn how to organize and share your thoughts and ideas, in other words, how to participate in the scholarly conversation.
By taking classes like a biology lab for your essential studies requirements, doing a group project for your class, or writing a final paper in your required major classes, you are practicing how to engage in scholarly communication and research as both an information consumer and contributor.
There a multiple dispositions and areas of growth as a participant in scholarly conversation.
One of the main responsibilities for librarians is to teach information literacy and research skills.
We do this by supporting students when they need help looking for information
Our goal is for students to graduate from WMU having developed skills in strategic thinking, how to search for relevant information, critical thinking and understanding ethical issues about information.