Instruction Session Request Information
Instruction Session Requirements
Please submit the request at least two weeks in advance to ensure the availability of a librarian, access to an instruction room and time to prepare materials. Each session is individually tailored to the research needs of the students in the class and in the discipline.
Please have a copy of the syllabus or class agenda and assignment ready at the time of the request, to send to the librarian during follow up emails. Please provide at least two date choices and schedule the session during regular class or laboratory section meeting times.
Please schedule the session for a date after students have been introduced to the assignment and have chosen topics. As a general rule, the librarian will align research sessions with course research assignments. The library instruction program does not provide general orientations of the library or library tours. Please contact us if you would like assistance developing library research assignments.
Please schedule the session when you can attend and participate. The success of the library session is based on the collaboration between instructor and librarian. Students will have questions about course assignments that only the instructor can answer, and your expertise is essential.
Due to space and staffing restrictions, only one library instruction session per semester can be scheduled for each course section.
Please have the following information ready when scheduling your session(s):
- Course number and section
- Date and time of class
- Nature of research assignment (research paper, speech, bibliography, poster, literature review, etc.)
- Copy of assignment and syllabus
- Any special requests for the session, such as resources that should or should not be covered
Sessions can include:
- Locating information and resources in a discipline
- Identifying and locating refereed journals in a discipline
- Search strategies for effectively using discipline-specific citation indexes, such as ERIC, MLA, PsycINFO, MEDLINE and America: History and Life
- Search strategies for locating full text articles in discipline-specific databases such as Mergent Online, PsycARTICLES, ScienceDirect and IEEE
- Evaluating Internet sites
Best Practices for Library Instruction Sessions
- Review assignment with students in a class before the library instruction session
- Provide the librarian with students' paper topics a few days before the class so that they can be used as examples during the instruction session
- Indicate the types of resources needed to complete the assignment and/or the types of skills you would like included in the lesson, such as books, popular articles, newspaper articles, keyword development and selecting appropriate databases
- Work with the librarian to develop your assignment