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Feedback from students
"I learned that there are so many types of sources out there that you can use."
--ENG 201 student
"I learned that when you may reach a roadblock, there are other ways to research your topics."
--SOC 251 student
"I learned a lot about the different databases and found which one is my new favorite."
--CMST 101 student
"I learned how to string together multiple previous searches to find articles."
--POLS 232 student
"I learned about searching using the Library of Congress subject headings."
--SPAN 490 student
Guide to Library Instruction
What can students learn during an instruction session?
- How to determine the amount and types of information needed to fulfill their research needs
- How to form their research questions into manageable concepts
- How to search for books, articles, reference materials, multimedia and more
- Understand the difference between scholarly and popular publications
- How to evaluate web resources
- Knowledge of resources available to them, including a personal connection with a reference librarian
Types of Library Instruction
- Intro (5-10 minutes): Short introductory librarian visit to your classroom includes a basic overview of how to navigate the library website and getting help from reference librarians. This session does not include demonstration or activities.
- 2-3 Mini Sessions (15-25 minutes): A couple of concepts will be covered per session (e.g. one mini-session for pre-search and topic development, one for database searching and finding sources, one for source evaluation and citing, etc).
- Full Instruction session (50-75 minutes): A librarian spends an entire class period explaining information literacy topics and teaching research skills to students.
Where does instruction take place?
Instruction sessions can take place in Lab A at the David L. Rice Library or in your classroom. Lab policies can be found here. The labs in the library are not available for use by non-library classes. In only very rare and exceptional cases will the library labs be used for anything other than library instruction sessions. Click here for more information regarding exceptional situations.