Collaborative Approaches to Undergraduate Research Training: Information Literacy and Data Management


  • Hailey Mooney Michigan State University
  • W. Aaron Collie Michigan State University
  • Shawn Nicholson Michigan State University
  • Marya R. Sosulski Michigan State University



Undergraduate research, research data management, faculty librarian collaboration, social work education


The undergraduate research experience (URE) provides an opportunity for students to engage in meaningful work with faculty mentors on research projects. An increasingly important component of scholarly research is the application of research data management best practices, yet this often falls out of the scope of URE programs. This article presents a case study of faculty and librarian collaboration in the integration of a library and research data management curriculum into a social work URE research team. Discussion includes reflections on the content and learning outcomes, benefits of a holistic approach to introducing undergraduate students to research practice, and challenges of scale.

Author Biographies

Hailey Mooney, Michigan State University

Libraries Data Services Coordinator and Social Sciences Librarian

W. Aaron Collie, Michigan State University

Libraries Digital Curation Librarian

Shawn Nicholson, Michigan State University

Libraries Assistant Director for Digital Information

Marya R. Sosulski, Michigan State University

School of Social Work Associate Professor