Library Instruction

The goal of the library instruction program is to help students become efficient, effective and independent researchers who are able to use a variety of library and information resources and to think critically as they gather and use information. In the Information Age, these skills are vital to be successful in academic studies, global citizenship, and in lifelong-learning endeavors.

To accomplish these goals, we provide:

For Faculty:

Course-Related Library Instruction

  • Please request your session at least a week in advance. Library Computer Lab L3711 is in great demand, so we need to reserve it early.
  • Help your students learn effective research strategies. We tailor each session to meet your students needs. Classes can be held in the library or in your classroom, can be one-time or multiple sessions, and can vary in length. Library instruction is most successful when students have a firm grasp of their research topics and occurs within a few weeks of their assignment's due dates.
  • Example topics include: narrowing a topic, developing search strategies, using MnPALS (library catalog), finding scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers using article databases, web site evaluation, plagiarism, writing citations and much more.
  • Contact Lacey Mamak (x8310) or submit the online form to schedule an instruction session for your class.
  • Designing Effective Research Assignments

For Students:

Individual Instruction

Librarians are available to teach you research skills and help get you started on research assignments. Go to the Ask a Librarian page for contact information and options. Students with in-depth research questions may want to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a librarian.

Did a librarian come to your class? You can find the Research Guide for your course or discipline here.