This report presents the findings and recommendations of research conducted as a part of a study on Teaching with Primary Sources at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) during the Fall 2019 semester. It is worthy to note that this research project was conducted prior to the COVID outbreak. Along with a cohort of over two dozen institutions as part of a national study coordinated by Ithaka S+R, members of the BGSU library faculty conducted this local study with faculty who teach undergraduates with primary sources in the classroom. This report draws only on interviews conducted at BGSU.
After describing the methodology employed, this report will present our findings covering four major themes identified in interviews: difficulties with primary sources, learning to work with primary sources, the role of librarians and archivists in primary source projects, and connections to information literacies. The report concludes with recommendations.
Sweetser, Michelle; Lewis, David; Hunker, Stefanie; and Boff, Colleen, "Supporting Primary Source Instruction in the Undergraduate Classroom at Bowling Green State University: Summary Findings" (2020). University Libraries Faculty Publications. 61.