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Skills for success: Tailoring research boot camps to graduate student needs


Weisbrod, Liza
Grabowsky, Adelia
Rumble, Juliet
Dodge, Tim


As they prepare for academic and professional careers, graduate students must acquire skills needed to conduct scholarly research, organize and work with information sources, and effectively communicate research findings. These are skills that are often not addressed by the curricular content of their graduate programs. To help bridge this gap, library faculty at Auburn University organized a one-day research boot camp. Student response to the weekend boot camp has been overwhelmingly positive, and boot camps are now held once each semester. Since February 2019, nearly 1,000 students have attended the boot camps.