From: Judy <JUDYR@SJSUVM1.sjsu.edu> (45)
Subject: Teaching the MLA International Bibliography
I am gathering information to write an article about teaching
students how to use the Modern Language Association
International Bibliography. I would appreciate you taking the
time to participate in this survey and returning it to me.
Thanks, Judy Reynolds firstname.lastname@example.org
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Humanist, please excuse any duplication.
1. Do you think that students search MLAIB differently
in the electronic and paper forms?
2. Has the evolution of the database and the growing
familiarity with electronic indexes changed the way you
teach. Do you think that students have a more detailed
mental map and/or grasp of the vocabulary or is it
just different? Explain?
3. What changes do you make to target diffent audience
levels? Do you teach undergrads alternative resources
such as the Humanities Index because they are mainly
interested in locally available resources?
4. Have Stephen Wiberley's findings that humanists
to use concrete nouns in their searches more often
than has been generally thought alterned your approach
to emphasize only specific writers/works? Or, do find
that students need to learn how to use the thesaurus
to locate subjects headings to find works on genre,
5. Do you find topics where the MLA has a unique
6. Where do you turn for teaching materials? Do you
make all your own? If you adapt or borrow from others,
what sources do you find most helpful?
7. What about linguistics or folklore, film or theatre
research classes? What role and special techniques
do you suggest and use in teaching them? What other
databases do you teach?
8. Have you introducted new modes of teaching such
as live demonstrations, hands-on instruction, Internet
or Web based instruction or other forms? What
techniques continue to be useful?
Judy Reynolds (408) 924-2725
San Jose State University email@example.com
1 Washington Sq.
San Jose, Ca. 95192-0028