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Library Instruction

Do your students need help with library and online research? Bring them to the library for a research instruction session. Contact Genevieve Williams, Undergraduate Research Librarian, at 535-7443, or submit a library instruction request form.

Topics covered can include:

  • Defining and refining a research topic
  • Primary, secondary, and tertiary sources, and when to use each
  • Scholarly and non-scholarly periodical literature
  • Authoritative reference sources
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Source citation
  • The library catalog
  • Accessing course reserves
  • Using subscription databases and periodical indexes for research
  • Getting the most out of Google Scholar
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Evaluating information

Other Services

Other services provided by the library instruction team include:

  • Reference and research consultation for you and your students
  • Assistance integrating library research into projects and assignments
  • Assignment alert


What makes a good library research assignment?

A good library research assignment:

  • Is incorporated into a larger context, such as a paper or project, that makes the research relevant.
  • Uses currently available resources within the library.
  • Is tailored to students’ level of experience and to the course’s subject matter, pedagogy, and curriculum.
  • Makes use of particular subject-specific indexes, article databases, and reference sources available in the library.
  • Encourages student engagement with research materials through a research-specific component such as an annotated bibliography.