100 Research Topic Guides for Students was developed to facilitate a smooth interface between the student and the library, to reduce the level of frustration often encountered when students try to locate information without understanding the system, and to encourage in-depth use of the library that will help to ensure successful results. With the use of a Research Topic Guide, the student is introduced to the library in microcosm and is exposed to the full scope of possible materials to be tapped. Each Guide serves not only as a map to library resources but as an outline to library research procedures.
Students coming to the library to do research have varying needs. Some have a research project to do but have not yet selected a topic. Others have been assigned a specific topic and need resources to obtain information on that topic. Some from the latter group will need to refine or narrow the scope of their chosen topic.
An understanding of the format and intent of the Research Topic Guides is necessary for the librarian to effectively assist the student in their use. Following is a brief analysis of each section, with comments as to rationale.
Although student assignments vary considerably within subject area and grade level, there is a recognizable pattern to assignments, as all experienced librarians know. This pattern corresponds to local curriculum requirements,