This lesson was an introduction to using databases for my freshman and sophomore classes. I engaged the students in a brief discussion about upcoming research based assignments for their classes. I then introduced and encouraged the students to listen critically to a short video describing internet search engines vs. library databases. Next, I led the students in a brief discussion about Google and Wikipedia as a respected primary source for research.
The lesson concluded with the students logging onto Gale Student Resources and conducting a simple search using the subject: Chicago Violence.