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Instruction: Home

Notice: 2020-21 Academic Year

All instruction sessions will be offered remotely during the 2020-21 Academic Year.
Video and other asynchronous content has been created for faculty to utilize in FYS and other courses. Contact Andrew Smith (x2470) or utilize the Library Instruction Request form below to schedule a virtual class session.

Request a Library Instruction Session

Not sure what we can teach your students? A librarian can visit your class to provide instruction on a variety of topics, ranging from accessing and exploring library resources, to more in-depth discussion and analysis of appropriate information sources. Check out the Library Instruction Menu for an array of options.

Depending on your desired learning outcomes (and the course), one session may be sufficient; however, if your students haven’t previously been introduced to the library and have a research assignment for your class (e.g., in an FYS or intro level course), two sessions are highly recommended.

The list of menu options is not exhaustive, so if there are other resources or topics you would like addressed that are not mentioned here, we're happy to discuss the options with you. Please contact Andrew Smith (Instruction Librarian) with any questions and to customize your library session(s)!

Library Instruction Menu

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 Topics Covered Related Concepts
Locating Relevant Resources

Defining the research question

Identifying keywords and related search terms

Using specific databases and resources appropriate for the subject area

Revising search strategies

Saving articles and citations

Using the Interlibrary Loan service

Research As Inquiry

Searching As Strategic Exploration

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; 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

Authority Is Constructed and Contextual

Information Creation As A Process

Scholarship As Conversation

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

The Library Instruction Menu was adapted from and inspired by Radford University's McConnell Library and University of Findlay's Shafer Library.

Instruction Librarian

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Andrew Smith
Abell Library #122
Austin College


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