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Cartoons like this one, created by ECU librarian Katy Kavanagh, help students learn how to best use Joyner Library resources for their research projects. Kavanagh retooled the online guides in hopes of better engaging students in the research process.
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Contributed photo Cartoons like this one, created by ECU librarian Katy Kavanagh, help students learn how to best use Joyner Library resources for their research projects. Kavanagh retooled the online guides in hopes of better engaging students in the research process.

ECU notes: Librarian engages students

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Students tackling research for the first time may appreciate the effort East Carolina University librarian Katy Kavanagh puts toward engaging them in the task.

Kavanagh has updated Joyner Library online resources by integrating cartoons into undergraduate student research aids and tutorials. Research guides are Web pages that help students with research assignments. The guides include tutorials on research methods and the resources available through Joyner Library — both online or in books. Other, more specific guides help students conduct research in their intended career field or in topics related to their majors.


The idea to use cartoons began when Kavanagh attended a workshop about teaching with technology. The presenter suggested using avatars, or cartoon characters, to present an online persona to students. She took advantage of that notion and saw an opportunity with the research guides.

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