Library Instruction Session

Students are often overwhelmed when faced with a research assignment. There is so much information available through the library and on the web that it can become hard for students to cut through the "noise" to find the "good stuff."  The librarians can help introduce your students to the research process by instructing them on how to find and evaluate information.  

Class instruction is available to you for any class and the librarians can create a customized research session based on the needs of your course and assignment.  We can speak to issues such as evaluation of sources, the difference between using online databases and the web, and how to use specialized resources.  We can do a single session or multiple sessions, with an emphasis on a different topic each session. 

To schedule a session, contact the reference desk to reserve a date and time.  We will want to discuss what the session will cover and if you’re not sure what you want covered, we can discuss the assignment and give ideas and suggestions on what to include in the instruction session.  Instruction usually takes place in the computer lab on the first floor of the library but we can also visit your class for quick overviews of library resources.

Things to consider when adding a session to your course:

  • Instruction works best when the students have an assignment requiring research.
  • The more specific you can be about your goals for instruction the better we can match the content of the session.
  • Schedule your session to correspond with when students are working on the assignment.
  • The earlier you make arrangements, the more likely we will be able to accommodate your choice of date.


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636-922-8620 or using the chat box.