Teaching the Scientific Literature Review
Collaborative Lessons for Guided Inquiry, 2nd Edition
by Randell K. Schmidt, Maureen M. Smyth, and Virginia K. Kowalski
April 2014, 174pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-739-2
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A comprehensive, step-by-step curriculum for performing and writing scientific literature reviews that aligns to the Common Core State Standards and reflects the guided inquiry design process.

An essential resource for teachers and librarians who work with students in the later high school years through college and graduate school levels, this book explains and simplifies the scholarly task of researching and writing a scientific literature review.

This thoroughly updated and revised follow-up to the popular text Lessons for a Scientific Literature Review: Guiding the Inquiry is designed for pre-collegiate and early collegiate educators in the sciences, high school and college librarians, curriculum directors and common core supervisors, school district leaders, and principals. The book provides step-by-step guidance on instructing students how to perform the necessary research and successfully integrate newly acquired information into a high-quality final product.

In addition, you’ll find an emphasis on using quantitative science research reports as well as white papers discussing more theoretical science topics, a student timeline for assignments, and a handout specifically for students working on writing a scientific literature review. More than 20 workshops/lessons that are aligned to standards dealing with digital literacy, information handling, research, and textual interpretations and representation are provided. The book allows you to easily adapt it for use of investigation of subjects in the humanities, and for the teaching of an extended essay.


  • Teaches the Information Search Process (ISP) of Carol Kuhlthau through carefully designed workshops that guide students through the inquiry process
  • Encourages inquiry into science-based subjects by directing students towards a topic of personal interest linked to those studied in their science class
  • Aligns instruction on researching and writing a scientific literature review with the Common Core State Standards
  • Covers use of databases, general press articles, peer-reviewed studies, white papers, and creating tables, charts, and graphs
Randell K. Schmidt is head librarian of Gill St. Bernard's School in Gladstone, NJ. Her published work includes Libraries Unlimited's Lessons for a Scientific Literature Review: Guiding the Inquiry and A Guided Inquiry Approach to High School Research. She holds a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a master of library science degree from Rutgers University.

Maureen M. Smyth is school library media specialist at South Hunterdon Regional High School in Lambertville, NJ. Prior to that, she served as a librarian at Rutgers University, Princeton Public Library, and Gill St. Bernard's School. Smyth's past professional experience includes 17 years in the archaeology and museum fields. A graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor degree in archeology and anthropology, she holds a master's degree in archeology from Boston University and a master of library and information science degree from Rutgers University.

Virginia K. Kowalski, MLS, received her master's degree in libary science from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. As a teaching librarian in both the Middle School and Upper School at Gill St. Bernard's School, she was instrumental in developing and implementing programs that involved the understanding of information literacy. Kowalski worked in the library and classroom independently and collaboratively to develop the writing/research program at Gill St. Bernard's.


"[A]n invaluable resource for any school librarian, science teacher, special education teacher, or those in educational leadership interested in preparing Grade 11–12 students for the research demands and literature review work expected in college. . . . Teaching the Scientific Literature Review: Collaborative Lessons for Guided Inquiry truly teaches. In its pages you will find high-quality content, robust instruction, and all the tools needed to facilitate dynamic student learning."—Center on Teaching and Learning, August 1, 2014
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