Library Services

Instruction Request

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 Primo discovery service, library catalog, or an article database; may include a tour of the selected library facility
  • Assignment-based: provides students with the research skills needed to complete a specific class assignment; generally includes an introduction to basic search techniques as applied to the 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; may include advanced search techniques or subject-specific resources not typically utilized in undergraduate course work

Read more about instructional support for faculty.

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 Blackboard.

Library instruction should be requested at least 7 days in advance.

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Please note below if the class includes one or more students registered with the Office of Disability Accommodations and list any accommodations that student(s) may require:

As with any guest speaker, it is courteous and much more effective if the instructor is present for the library session. If you as the regular instructor cannot be present for the library session, please arrange for a substitute.

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  • Cook Library 601.266.4249
  • Gulf Coast Library 228.214.3467
  • Gunter Library 228.872.4213
  • McCain Library 601.266.4347

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