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 library resources and exploring advanced search techniques, to more in-depth discussion and analysis of information sources and their usefulness and/or appropriateness. Review the Library Instruction Menu for an array of options.
In addition to in-person classroom instruction, a variety of asynchronous instructional content is available for you to utilize. Topics include library search basics, distinguishing source types, and evaluating information sources (information literacy). Check out the available tutorials and videos, and contact Andrew Smith (Instruction Librarian) if you’d like to assign any of this content for your classes.
Depending on your course/assignment and the desired learning outcomes, you may find everything you need on this page. However, the menu options and additional content listed here are not exhaustive, so if there are other resources or topics you would like addressed, we are happy to discuss the options with you.
Access the library instruction request form by clicking the button below to submit your library instruction request, and contact Andrew (x2470) with any questions or to customize the library instruction experience for your class!
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||Potential Topics||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
|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
|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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