In this upper-level, semester-long course, students draw on the diverse regional and disciplinary expertise of seven subject librarians from the International and Area Studies Department of Perkins Library and the wealth of Duke University Libraries' international collections to explore the organization of information in the field of area studies and the sources and principles of research in both the Humanities and the Social Sciences. The overall goal of the course is to assure that students will be confident, informed, and resourceful in the critical analysis, design, and conduct of research in their areas of regional and disciplinary specialization.
This is a hands-on course involving both practical exercises and substantive research. Classes are held in a computer-equipped classroom and structured in both plenary sessions and in break-out groups organized by geographic area of specialization. Each weekly session is divided into two parts: (1) a general lecture, tour, demonstration, or discussion, informed by assigned readings; and (2) a skills-based portion, comprised of practical exercises on aspects of locating and evaluating library materials for the student's research topic. The plenary sessions of the course are open to anyone interested in the topic or research tools listed on the course syllabus. Students will be graded on the degree to which they succeed in fulfilling the following requirements:
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