How We Can Help

Research librarians are available to provide in-person or virtually library instruction sessions. Library instruction sessions are tailored to the assignment at hand to introduce students to information sources and effective strategies for conducting library research. To supplement instruction, we may also make an online course research guide containing resources and strategies relevant to the course and assignment.

Instruction can range from introductory to advanced levels, including (but not limited to):

  • Information literacy fundamentals: choosing a research subject, distinguishing between academic and primary sources, conceptualizing the research process, etc.
  • Searching the library catalog
  • Introductory and advanced article database search strategies
  • Google and Google Scholar searching (including advanced Google search techniques)
  • Using software such as Zotero (a free citation management tool)

How to Request an Instruction Session

Instruction is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. In order to create an instruction session to meet your needs, please request sessions at least two weeks before the date of instructions.

Help Us Help You

We find that assignment-driven sessions are most successful. Accordingly, when making an instruction request, we require a copy of the assignment students will be working on at the time of instruction. We will then coordinate with you to tailor a session so that it emphasizes the skills students will need to succeed in that assignment.

Helpful information:

  • Purpose and scope of the paper/assignment
  • Number and types of sources to be used (articles, books, peer-reviewed, popular, etc.)
  • Sample topics
  • Whether or not students will have a topic selected at the time of instruction or whether topic exploration/generation through initial research should be part of the assignment.

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