Research is like cooking

Below is a presentation I have been using for over a year now in Information Literacy sessions for Stanford freshmen. Feedback from students has been quite positive:

  • “loved the cooking metaphor”
  • “Great approach to the topic of research. I really liked the food comparison because I could totally relate.”
  • “The powerpoint was great.”

To see the notes for each slide, go to Slideshare.

I would love to hear some feedback, as I continue to tweak this every quarter. And if you like it, feel free to use it … I don’t need attribution, but would love to know if you used it and how.

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4 Responses to “Research is like cooking”

  1. 1 LIZ Cooper June 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    HI Chris,
    We met recently at the Frye Institute’s little cocktail party in the Library and talked about reference services at Stanford & Emory. I hadn’t seen your blog until now (Chris Palazzolo shared it with the Emory librarians). I love it and also really like this little cooking/research slideshow. One question: your note above the slideshow says to visit the Slideshare site to see the notes that go with each slide — I went to Slideshare and only saw notes for slide #1. Are there notes for the other slides (I can guess what you said but just thought I would ask)?
    Liz Cooper (Anthropology & Journalism Librarian, Reference Services Leader, Emory U)


    • 2 Chris June 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm

      Hi Liz-
      Good to hear from you — I enjoyed our chat at Frye!
      Thanks for commenting, and I’m glad you like the Research/Cooking analogy. I didn’t realize that the Slideshare version is only showing the notes for Slide #1. I’ll send you a copy of the ppt via email; then see if I can figure out why the rest of the notes aren’t showing up in Slideshare!


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