If you cannot schedule a formal instruction session, the library has created a number of guides and tutorials that can assist researchers.
Alexander Mack Library provides a variety of instructional services: from individual research assistance at the research assistance desk, to general orientations and customized sessions for specific classes. Our goal is to provide every student the skills and opportunity to become information literate.
Information literate students are those who have learned how to learn. They understand how knowledge is organized, have found the best ways to locate appropriate information, and have practiced how to use information in such a way that others can learn from their research. They are prepared for lifelong learning because they can always find the best information for any task or decision at hand.
In addition to offering in class instruction the library also creates customized online course guides available to students 24/7.
Faculty are asked to attend the sessions along with their students, so that they can help reinforce the concepts and tie the instruction to a particular assignment or activity going on in the class.
The following table gives examples of the possible topics available for library instruction session, along with the approximate time needed to cover them. the actual content of each topic will be tailored to the specific class and its goals. The level values are just suggestions; each topic can be modified to apply to any course level.
|ALEX Discovery Introduction||10 minutes||Basic|
|ALEX Discovery Advanced Search||15 minutes||Advanced|
|Choosing an Information Source||20 minutes||Basic|
|Databases Searching Basics||20 minutes||Basic|
|Database Searching Advanced||25 minutes||Advanced|
|Developing Keywords||30 minutes||Advanced|
|Evaluating Sources||30 minutes||Basic|
|Google Scholar||20 minutes||Basic|
|Identifying Bias||20 minutes||Advanced|
|The Information Cycle||30 minutes||Basic|
|Library introduction (building and website)||30 minutes||Basic|
|Locating Full Text||20 minutes||Basic|
|Narrowing Your Topic||15 minutes||Advanced|
|Peer-Reviewed Journals||25 minutes||Basic|
|Reading Scholarly Articles||30 minutes||Advanced|
|Research Process and Strategies||40 minutes||Basic|
|Searching Using Subject Headings||20 minutes||Advanced|
|Scholarly V. Popular Sources||30 minutes||Basic|
|Troubleshooting a Search||25 minutes||Advanced|
|Using Cited References||25 minutes||Advanced|
|Reading/Creating a Citation||25 minutes||Basic|
The Association for College and Research Library has created national accepted Standards for teaching information literacy. In addition to the classic Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. ACRL has also adopted it's new recommendations in the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.