Not sure what we can teach, or how long a topic may take? A librarian can visit your class to instruct students on a wide variety of topics, ranging from simply accessing our resources to more in-depth discussion of information skills and concepts. Check out the Library Instruction Menu to see some popular instruction options.
The menu is not exhaustive, so if there are resources or topics you would like addressed that are not listed here, we're happy to discuss the options with you. Please contact Andrew Smith (Instruction Librarian) with any questions.
The concepts listed below are derived from the Association of College and Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2015). Where applicable, click the link to learn more about each concept.
|Learning Outcomes||Points Covered||Related Concepts|
|Locating Relevant Resources||
Defining the research question
Identifying keywords and related search terms
Using specific databases and other resources appropriate for the subject area
Revising search strategies
Saving articles and citations
Using the Interlibrary Loan service
|Developing Effective Search Strategies||
Combining search terms
Using Boolean operators
Using appropriate limiters and search fields for efficiently locating potential sources
|Searching As Strategic Exploration|
|Distinguishing Source Types, and Determining a Source's Relevance or Usefulness||
Recognizing various source types and their usefulness
Identifying the information need(s) for a project
Understanding a source's intended audience and purpose
Discussing peer review, scholarship, and the publication process/cycle
|Evaluating Internet Sources for Credibility||
Evaluating online sources for credibility and usefulness
Learning strategies for tracking down key information sources used in online publications
|Authority Is Constructed and Contextual|
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