Librarians work with faculty to support students' development of research and information literacy skills. Instruction is often connected to specific assignments and is aligned with course learning outcomes. Instruction may take the form of an in-class session, a customized online resource (i.e. a module in DC Connect or a course tab in a research guide), or a virtual session  through Zoom, Google Meet or another platform if the class is online.

Best Practices:
  • To ensure librarian availability and adequate preparation time, we require at least 2 weeks advance notice before your first choice session. Additional notice is preferred for classes that take place on evenings or weekends or in the spring/summer semester
  • Consider scheduling your class within 2-3 weeks of your students’ assignment deadline; this makes it easier for your students to apply the skills learned in class to their assignment(s)
  • We recommend that instructors attend the scheduled Library class, as students are more engaged when their instructor is present guide
  • Please provide a copy of the assignment, evaluation criteria, course outline and any other relevant curriculum information to help your Librarian customize the session to meet the needs of your students
Common areas of instruction include:
  • Introduction to the Library’s services and resources
  • Searching for books, articles, and media using the Library website (Omni)
  • Identifying types of information sources used in a discipline or subject area
  • Introduction to article database searching
  • Evaluating information sources/critical thinking
  • Distinguishing between scholarly and popular sources
  • Using citation guides and tools
  • Advanced use of discipline-specific specialized information sources (e.g. market research, data, patents, grey literature)
  • Advanced literature searching
  • Finding, evaluating, using and creating Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  • We are also able to offer more specialized topics, including workshops on citation management tools like Zotero or Mendeley, copyright, and 3D printing.