Library instructors are available to teach sessions on topic mapping and keyword selection, developing research questions, finding sources, evaluating sources, incorporating sources into their own research, creating citations, and using a variety of research tools and methodologies. To partner with a library instructor to design an instruction session tailored to your course goals either reach out to your subject librarian or fill out our instruction request form.
If you would like to give students a holistic experience with conducting research, course-integrated library instruction is an effective way to do so. Library instructors are available to deliver multiple instruction sessions throughout the course of a semester to guide students through all components of research assignments. Contact your subject librarian to discuss the possibility of having library instruction embedded in your course.
Learning Goals & Instruction Examples
Library instructors strive to craft learning objectives aligned with course research goals and incorporate active learning strategies throughout instruction sessions. Below are some examples of commonly targeted learning objectives and samples of learning activities.
Sample Learning Objectives
- Learners will evaluate information sources for credibility and relevance to their research needs.
- Learners will identify strategies for efficiently reading academic materials.
- Learners will demonstrate how to perform advanced searches in library databases to find peer-reviewed material relevant to their research needs.
In order for library instruction to be successful and for learners to fully benefit from the sessions, course instructors must:
- Submit instruction requests at least two weeks in advance
- This ensures the availability of a library instructor and provides us with adequate time to design an effective lesson
- Submit a copy of the course syllabi or the relevant assignment description
- This guarantees library instructors can better design content and activities aligned with course goals
- Be present during the library instruction session
- This helps create an environment where students are actively participating in the learning process