In this time of online learning, the importance of the library web page has increased. We have a library web page that students can access from home and school, but we always counted on the connecting piece of face-to-face learning with students. We created Libguides with instructional components, but those components were enhanced with discussions, whole class instruction, or small group instruction.
Through this experience, I discovered areas of the web page that weren’t working–either too much information, not enough description, or design flaws. I decided to start revamping the database links page. I think most libraries have a page on their site that lists all the databases. Many have logos and descriptions.
I started asking questions about my database web page:
- How does this page help students?
- If I were a student conducting research, which link would I click first? Why?
- Where would I look for basic information about a topic?
I realized that my database page was just a bunch of links. I divided the databases by content area, provided descriptions, and even added a nice icon. Most students are going to scan the list and need assistance. See the screenshot below of the before page.
I am now redoing the web page to have helpful headings to give students an idea of which database to choose and how to begin. I may list only three databases for an area as to not overwhelm. The screenshot below is just a starting page for students who need guidance.
How do you help students choose a database to begin research? Please post links to your database web page so we can learn from each other.