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Library and Research Instruction

Librarians can leave the library!  We can meet in your classroom or in the library instruction lab (library second floor, room 230) in person.  We can also meet via Zoom. Instructors of record can contact their liaison for more information on scheduling a library instruction session.

Students can schedule individual instruction sessions for a general introduction to the library and the resources or for help with a specific assignment.

Concerned about plagiarism?  We can engage students in a discussion about types of cheating and how to cite sources correctly.




Contact your liaison for assistance in planning a library visit or help with a library assignment.

We can discuss what you want your students to learn about research and evaluating resources for assignments.

Need ideas?  Ask us!!

What is Information Literacy?

From the ALA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report.

"To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. Producing such a citizenry will require that schools and colleges appreciate and integrate the concept of information literacy into their learning programs and that they play a leadership role in equipping individuals and institutions to take advantage of the opportunities inherent within the information society. Ultimately, information literate people are those who have learned how to learn. They know how to learn because they know how knowledge is organized, how to find information, and how to use information in such a way that others can learn from them. They are people prepared for lifelong learning, because they can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand."

Tips for Taking Your Students to the Library

Below are a few tips to help your students have a successful and positive library experience.

1. Give students the assignment before the library session.  This gives students an opportunity to review the assignment and ask questions before meeting in the library. 

2. Discuss the assignment with your liaison librarian. Give the librarian a copy of the assignment. The librarian may provide suggestions (including library resources) for the assignment.

3.  Discuss specific content you want the librarian to cover during the instruction session.

4. Be at the instruction session to provide assistance to students with questions about the assignment.  Your presence gives weight to the importance of the assignment and the library session.


How to Design an Effective Research Assignment

Review the links below for suggestions on creating a research assignment.

You can also contact your liaison librarian for assistance in creating a research assignment or sources for students to use in completing the assignment.

Librarian for Communication; Multidisciplinary Studies; Political Science; Psychology; School of Criminology and Security Studies; and Social Work

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Karen Evans
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Canvas and Information Literacy

Contact your liaison librarian for assistance in adding information literacy tools and resources to your Canvas site.

Consider discussing the benefits of adding your liaison librarian to your Canvas site.  Librarians can monitor the site and respond to research and resource questions about assignments.