A librarian can tailor a library instruction session to meet the needs of your class.
|Library Instruction Topics||Minimum Time Required||What will be covered?|
|General library information||10 minutes||• Library services
• Library resources
• Tour (30-50 minutes)
|Developing a search strategy||15 minutes||• Picking a topic
• Narrowing/broadening a topic
• Identifying keywords
• Choosing a search tool
|Evaluating sources||20 minutes||• Compare popular/scholarly publications
• Examine CAARP method for evaluation
|Searching in Search@UW for books and articles||15 minutes||• Search books & media at UW Libraries
• Requesting items from other UW Libraries
• Search for articles
• Access electronic resources
|Searching the library databases for articles||15 minutes||• Search for articles in individual databases
• Finding full-text & Interlibrary Loan articles
• Database tools: email, abstract, subject terms, thesaurus, cite, save, etc.
|Researching on the web||20 minutes||• How to critically evaluate websites
• Google/Google Scholar searching
|Using specialized library databases||15-30 minutes
*dependent on database
|• ARTstor, Kanopy, Films On Demand, ebrary, CINAHL, etc.|
|Advanced searching techniques||15 minutes||• Boolean operators, truncation, phrase searching, subject linking, etc.|
|Managing citations & avoiding plagiarism||30 minutes||• Introduction to styles: APA, MLA, Chicago
• How to find citation information in source
|Special topics||20-40 minutes
*dependent on topic
|• Finding copyright-free multimedia
• Government documents
• Using primary sources/archives
• Legislative research
|Research practice with a librarian||10-50+ minutes
*varies by need
|• Students research while a librarian is available to answer questions|
Interested in these concepts, but for an online course? Visit the Online Instruction Menu page for more information.
Regardless of the type of instruction you're interested in, it is best to schedule sessions at the point of need (when students start actively researching/using the library). Work with your library liaison to decide which type best fits the needs of your class or assignment.
Librarians hold a session for one class period a semester and typically covers general information about the library, its collections and services.
Short 10-20 minute sessions used to either introduce a service, learning object, person, or product such as a database.
Multiple library sessions in a semester spaced apart by concepts to build a deeper understanding of research and library services.
Combination of in-person and online instruction in a course.