Library Instruction

Teaching in a Classroom

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.”

Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education (

To help students access, navigate, and utilize the resources available through Copley Library, subject librarians can work with discipline faculty on a variety of approaches for teaching research strategies.

Copley Librarians can …

  • Provide a course integrated instruction session for your class

Upon request, subject librarians are able to work with you to develop a presentation targeted to your students’ needs in a particular course or discipline. We can facilitate discussions on specific aspects of research, such as locating primary and secondary sources, avoiding plagiarism, or research strategies and study skills. Sessions often include a combination of lecture, discussion, activities, and demonstration.

  • Develop online research guides for your course(s)

Librarians can create a course-specific research guide for your class using our LibGuides system.

  • Meet with individual students for a research consultation

Students can make an appointment with a librarian for assistance with their research for papers, projects, or other assignments. Sessions may last up to 60 minutes.

  • Consult with you on how to add IL related assignments to your syllabus

We can meet with you to discuss your course goals and suggest possible ways to incorporate information literacy instruction into your syllabus. We can work with you to develop assignments that maximize the research skills of your students.

  • Be embedded in your course(s)

This may include providing multiple instruction sessions, being involved in your Blackboard discussion group to answer research questions, collaborating on assignments, and other ways of integrating with your class.

  • Teach Workshops on information literacy topics

We also offer several workshops for students each semester on topics such as constructing a literature review, finding primary sources, citing sources (e.g. APA or MLA), using subject specific databases, and more.

Library instruction can be tailored to the class level (lower division, upper division or graduate) and provided in your classroom, the Copley Library Seminar Room (limit 30 people), or a computer lab (prior booking by course instructor required).

Topics covered in research sessions may include but are not limited to the following: 

  • General Library Orientation
    • Navigating the research process
    • Searching for sources in the library catalog
    • Accessing other libraries through Circuit, interlibrary loan, and the Center for Research Libraries
  • Database Use
    • Selecting databases by discipline
    • Searching the Web with Google Scholar
    • Using specialized databases
  •  Evaluating Information
    • Distinguishing between scholarly and non-scholarly sources
    • Internet resource evaluation
    • Conducting discipline appropriate research
  • Citation Management
    • APA, MLA, Chicago, and more
    • Citation management tools (e.g. EndNote)
    • Paraphrasing
    • Preventing plagiarism

How to request an instruction session or consultation with a librarian: 

To request a session, please contact your subject specialist.

Please request library instruction at least one week in advance. The earlier you request instruction, the more likely it is a librarian will be available on the date/time you need.

If you are an instructor in the First Year Writing program, please contact Coordinator of Instruction Hugh Burkhart.