Library Instruction

Research Instruction Sessions

Request sessions for your class in the library’s digital classroom or in your own department’s computer lab.

In Information Literacy Instruction 101,

the focus is on getting students in touch with information resources and getting used to operating, navigating, and engaging with those resources:

Students will be able to (choose 2-3 per class session):

  • Identify library resources (such as databases, books, journals, etc.) relevant to a research assignment
  • Distinguish between different kinds of resources (i.e. journal articles, book chapters, monographs, etc.)
  • Define “peer-review” or “evidence-based,” and explain its importance to their work
  • Identify vocabulary to use for search terms
  • Design or refine a research topic based on available research and assignment stipulations
  • Locate resources outside of online or physical library holdings and request them through Interlibrary Loan
  • Identify general library services and resources within Fant Memorial Library for use by all students (i.e. UN 98 or UN 101 orientations).
  • Identify methods for seeking help from library staff/faculty outside of the instruction session

In Information Literacy Instruction 201,

the focus is getting students more in touch with the disciplinary methods and specific information resources. Though not required, this kind of class is better suited for advanced classes or classes where students are more likely to have encountered the library in previous instances.

Students will be able to (choose 1-2 per class session):

  • Apply proper citation standards (Chicago, MLA, APA) to bibliographies using manuals, web resources, and/or citation management software, such as Zotero
  • Gather appropriate academic information from online resources (outside of library websites/holdings)
  • Navigate within discipline-specific databases (i.e. MEDLINE Complete, MLA International Bibliography, PsycINFO, etc.)
  • Locate and compile resources for a literature review or bibliography representative of a topic
  • Identify methods for seeking help from library staff/faculty outside of the instruction session

In Information Literacy Instruction 301,

the session is about getting students in touch with specialized research practices or tools. This may require 2 or more sessions of scheduled library instruction, and prior correspondence with instructing librarian.

Students will be able to:

Other Classroom Support

Library instruction is as involved as you need it to be. If you don’t have room in your syllabus for an in-class session, your class meets online, or your needs are more specific to resources, below are other options:

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (aka “LibGuide”) for your class’ research assignment or for general links to library resources and beyond. Examples of requested research guides:
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Library Workshops

The library offers several co-curricular workshops each semester. Feel free to request an individualized workshop for your class, or offer extra credit for attendance!

For more on learning objectives in information literacy instruction, see the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Frameworks for Information Literacy in Higher Education