Instruction Services

For Students: 

For Faculty:

  • Course-related library lnstruction - Based on the goals of your assignment, an instruction librarian will customize a library workshop for students to learn about the research process, to use specific databases, to locate scholarly sources and/or to properly cite sources. 
  • Course Guide Creation - Librarians will create an online guide to accompany a research assignment. Guides typically include relevant databases, library research tips, and contact information. 
  • Assignment Creation Assistance - Librarians are available to review assignments or assist faculty in the creation of research or information fluency assignments which provide a positive learning experience for students.  We can also help faculty to construct assignments that challenge students to go beyond Wikipedia as supporting evidence.
  • Read the Library Instruction Program document to understand how information fluency can help students improve their critical thinking and research skills.

Course-related library instruction
Today’s students are comfortable using Google and Wikipedia to find information but often don’t know where to search for evidence to support college-level projects. Information fluency, or recognizing a need for information, knowing how to search for and locate relevant information, evaluate it, and properly cite it, is a set of skills needed not only to successfully complete research projects but to prepare students for life after graduation. CLUE librarians will customize research workshops to meet faculty and student needs.

Bringing your class to the library:

  • Request a library instruction session  that is customized for your class or classes.

  • Most library instruction sessions take place in room 309 located on the 3rd floor of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Room 309 is a hands-on classroom with 20 computers and seating for up to 30 people. 

  • We appreciate at least one week advance notice to prepare for the session and make sure there is a room available in the library.

  • Timing of the library session is critical. Students benefit most from a library session when they are aware of the assignment, have chosen a topic and are ready to begin locating information.

  • Your involvement in the library session is key to your students’ success. Students will want to ask questions about the assignment and will benefit from hearing about your experiences with library research.

  • Librarians will include active learning exercises to engage students in critical thinking skills as well as information fluency skills.

Contact Jennifer Corbin, Head of the Center for Library User Education, for more information.