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Request a Library Instruction Session

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 our most popular instruction options.

For some topics, you may opt for either a brief "Introductory Session" or a longer "Full Session." Introductory (I) Sessions are lecture-based, and provide a general overview of the topic, while Full (F) Sessions allow a more comprehensive and interactive treatment of the topic (which may include activities and hands-on practice, and possibly time to work on the assignment with librarian assistance).

The list below is not exhaustive, so if there are resources or topics you would like addressed that are not displayed below, we're happy to discuss the options with you. Choose a "Quick Visit," or mix/match some of the other options below to create your library instruction session! Please contact Andrew Smith (Instruction Librarian) with any questions.

Instruction Librarian

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Andrew Smith
Abell Library | Suite 122

Library Instruction Menu

Topic / Format Time Required Points Covered
Librarian Drop-In / Quick Visit 5-10 minutes Librarian will introduce themselves to students, discuss how they can support student work in your class, and briefly describe library services and resources.
Relevant Resources Overview / Quick Visit 15 minutes Brief overview of the most relevant library resources for your class, including databases, research guides, and other information sources.
Developing Effective Search Strategies 30 minutes Defining a research question; identifying keywords & synonyms; combining search terms; using Boolean operators; using faceted searching; using an article database appropriate for the subject area; revising search strategies; saving articles and citations.
Using the Library Catalog to Find Books 10-15 minutes Searching the catalog for books on a topic; accessing e-books; locating books in the stacks; requesting books via interlibrary loan.
Evaluating Sources, and Distinguishing Popular & Scholarly Materials

15 minutes (I);

50 minutes (F)

Evaluating a source for credibility; understanding source types and their utility; journal vs. magazine articles; newspapers; trade publications; discussing peer review; discussing the publication process/cycle.
Evaluating Websites

15 minutes (I);

50 minutes (F)

Evaluating websites for credibility and usefulness; utilizing the CRAAP formula.
Finding Primary Sources 20 minutes Using library databases and the catalog to locate primary sources on a topic.
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