Sunday, November 17, 2013

Tutorial: Teaching Research Staff at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory How to Use Web of Science

Cramer_Carolyn_3H948_orig For Lorraine Bruce’s LIS560 “Instructional and Training Strategies for Information Professionals” class, I focused on the information needs and information seeking  behaviors of “senior” and “early/mid career” research scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  Based on the various learning styles and behaviors of the target audience, I created a tutorial for the research staff on how to access and utilize the widely used scientific database “Web of Science”.   I also created a rubric to assess and gauge competencies and skills following the tutorial.


The five learning tasks of the tutorial were to:

  • Locate and access PNNL’s Technical Library Website
  • Navigate the Web of Science Interface
  • Perform basic and advanced searches
  • Utilize faceting and refinements of the search results
  • Knowledge of other features of the database

Other materials included in this blog post are links to:

Training Module Presentation: Information Seeking Behaviors and Learning Styles of Research Scientists at PNNL

Rubric on the Web of Science Skills

Web of Science Quick Tips Handout

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Technical Library Contact Information

LIS 560 Training Module Part A

LIS 560 Training Module Part B