GEMS 100: Introduction to Gemstone
What is GEMS 100 - Introduction to Gemstone?
GEMS 100 is a required
introductory course for students enrolled in the
Gemstone Program. Gemstone
is a multidisciplinary four-year research program for selected undergraduate
honors students of all majors. Students are grouped into teams and complete
extensive, original research throughout their undergraduate career. [1 credit.
Offered every fall semester].
How does the library support GEMS
During weeks 5-7 of the fall semester, Gemstone students come to
McKeldin Library for a 50-minute session with a librarian. Students work to
apply the concepts that define their research question to locate relevant
resources. This is done in order to complete portions of the GEMS 100
How big is this program?
Libraries teach approximately 180-200 freshman in 18 sections each fall
semester. These statistics may vary. Section leaders are directed to submit
their library workshop request every July using
What are the
goals of this library session?
These are the student learning outcomes
defined for the GEMS 100 library workshop:
By the end of the library
session students will be able to:
- Identify general library services available to students.
[ACRL Standard 1 (1c, 2)]
- Describe the relationship between the Gemstone Program and
the University Libraries, as well as the relationship of the librarian to
[ACRL Standard 2 (1a, 1d)]
- Discover multiple types of resources that are prevalent to
the chosen research topics and then name three (3) different types of sources.
[ACRL Standard 1 (2)]
- Identify at least two (2) databases in discipline/topic
areas related to research topics generated in GEMS 100.
[ACRL Standard 2 (2e, 3a)]
Standards, Performance Indicators, and Outcomes
How do we
assess student learning?
At the end of the workshop, students will be
directed to complete an online assessment form that will measure their learning.
Need more information about this library program?
Contact Teaching and Learning Services.