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Teaching and Learning Services

In-Person Instruction

Faculty and instructors may invite a librarian to teach one or more sessions in their classrooms or in one of the several computer lab classrooms in the Library’s Learning Commons. Faculty and instructors may also, if applicable, request instruction in the Library’s Archives & Special Collections Reading Room. Students will learn to maximize their information seeking skills and to effectively use and evaluate relevant print and electronic resources.

Librarians cover a variety of topics in in class instruction, ranging from traditional database search to evaluating and synthesizing information. Example class topics include:

  • Topic development
  • Identifying and using keywords
  • Basic to advanced search
  • Analyzing source perspective
  • Finding and evaluating data
  • Find and using primary sources
  • Critical evaluation of sources
  • Attribution and organization

Librarians work with instructors to ensure that each session is tailored to the subject of their course, to their specific assignment, and to the needs of their students. Librarians can also help instructors design an effective research assignment that introduces their students to the most useful, practical, and easily accessible resources.

To request a library instruction session for your class, contact your subject librarian.