Information literacy and library research skills contribute to student success and are important for lifelong learning. Librarians work with teaching faculty to help develop these skills in students through instructional sessions tailored to meet the specific research objectives of a course or assignment. After a librarian has been assigned to a class, the instructor and the librarian may work together to design an effective library instruction session.
Generally, three categories of library instruction are offered:
- Introductory: provides students with an overview of library services and an introduction to finding resources using at least one library research tool, such as the discovery service (i.e., the search box on the Libraries' home page), the library catalog, or an article database. An introductory class may include a tour of the selected library facility.
- Assignment-based: provides students with the research skills needed to complete a specific class assignment. An assignment-bases class generally includes an introduction to basic search techniques as applied to the discovery service or library catalog and one or more article databases or other research tools.
- Advanced: provides students with the research skills needed to complete a literature review for a project such as a theses or dissertation. An advanced class may include advanced search techniques or subject-specific resources not typically utilized in undergraduate course work. The lesson can be expanded, on request, to include multiple class sessions.
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Face-to-Face and Online
Ideally, students will visit the library for a class taught by a librarian. Teaching space is available in each of the University Libraries for this purpose. In some instances, such as a class with a large number of students, it may be preferable for the librarian to provide instruction in the class' regular meeting space. Online instruction is also available through the university's learning management system (Canvas).
Library instruction should be requested at least 7 days in advance.
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