The library provides a variety of instructional services: from individual research assistance, to general orientations and customized sessions for specific classes. Our goal is to provide every student the skills and confidence to efficiently engage with information sources.
When a student is information literate, they 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 ethically. 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.
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.
|Discovery Introduction||10 minutes||Basic|
|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|
Another service that we provide is the creation of research guides. If there's a particular topic or course guide you would like us to create for your class, please let us know. We are more than happy to put these together.
Some examples of recent request guides include:
Some recent course guides include:
Please reach out to Taylor if you would like a guide created. These guides can be embedded directly into your Canvas Course shell.
Another asynchronous option for library instruction is the creation of a Canvas course module or page. This can be related to any information literacy topic and help walk students through the research process.
Uploads of Canvas pages/modules for information literacy can be done by the faculty member, or by Taylor, once added into the course in the "Librarian" role (see below).
To request a Canvas course module or page, email Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another option for integration of Learning Services in your course is by adding Taylor to your Canvas course shell. This allows her to see your course content and add content to your course, such as a Library Guide. She will not be able to see students' grades or personal information beyond their name.
The benefit of doing this is that students will be able to reach out to her easily by simply going to Canvas and emailing her through the inbox function of Canvas. When emailed through this avenue, Taylor will be able to see what course the student has reached out to her through and can look through course content to see what is being referenced, if applicable.
If you would like to add a Taylor as a Librarian to your Canvas course, you can do this by following these steps: