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Information for Parents: Home

So, you have a son and/or daughter at Valparaiso University. Congratulations! This information can help you help them.

Why parents are important to research:

"Librarians have been struck by the degree to which students maintain contact with their families, asking their parents to edit their work and even to help them select their topics and find resources."  (p.73)

        ~N. Foster & S. Gibbons.  Studying students: the undergraduate research project at the University of Rochester, 2007

My student's at Valpo. Now what?

So, you have a son and/or daughter at Valparaiso University. Congratulations! But don't think that means you are off the hook for helping with coursework. A study* shows that more and more, college students are turning to their parents for help with academic work. It's three a.m. and the phone rings... "Mom! Help! My 10 page paper is due tomorrow and I can't find anything on the Internet!"

What do you do? What DO you do?

Never fear!  This guide can help you and your student find the help they need for their research and projects.

*"Study Examines the Impact of the 'Electronic Tether'." Recruitment & Retention in Higher Education, June 2006: 5-6.

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