Faculty members are encouraged to schedule library instruction sessions to support students’ use of the library and its resources. Instruction sessions can be scheduled at any time during the semester, but are most effective when they coincide with a research assignment.
A subject librarian will work with you to define your class’s research needs and develop a library instruction module tailored specifically for your course. Library instruction sessions typically encompass an entire class period (or more than one class period) and can be offered in the library, in a computer lab (if available), or in your own classroom.
Topics may include:
- Identification of scholarly resources
- Searching for books and materials in the online catalog (including interlibrary loan)
- Using library research databases (this can be subject-specific)
- Using reference sources
- Avoiding plagiarism
- Evaluating sources
- Searching for and evaluating web resources
- Using RefWorks