It’s nice to design the session around what the students actually need rather than what I think they should learn.
I read them outloud during class. The students are pleased to learn they are not alone in their fears as the answers are all quite similar.
Here’s a sampling of the results:
“That I won’t find what I’m look for even after hours of research.”
“Don’t know where to begin or what I’m looking for.”
“Citing sources correctly.”
“I don’t like going into a new place where I don’t know how or where to find things.”
“Having to go through massive amounts of material to get a few choice nuggets of information.”
“I fear that I don’t know where to begin.”
“The immense number of resources available that look like they are all going to fall on me and bury me alive”
and my personal favorite:
“Having to do it.”