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Library Instruction   Tags: information_literacy, research, resources  

The Instructional Services Unit of Rice Library provides in-class instruction as well as digital tools to help students conduct research by utilizing the variety of resources available through the library.
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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. 


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