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Faculty Instruction & Information Literacy Services

The purpose of instruction is to develop information literate students who recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it in an ethical manner.

Librarians are able to

  • Work with faculty to design research assignments
  • Visit a course multiple times during a semester to teach research and citing
  • Teach class sessions specifically addressing research assignments
  • Provide an orientation of library resources
  • Teach citation styles/plagiarism prevention

Classes can occur

  • In the library classroom (equipped with laptops)
  • In assigned classroom
  • In a computer lab

Request library instruction from your Subject Specialist or by contacting the Coordinator of Instruction, Lisa Burgert (lburgert@sandiego.edu, 619-260-4695)

Library Student Workshops

During the fall and spring semester the library offers a wide variety of workshops to develop student’s research skills, teach citation styles, and prevent plagiarism. Faculty are welcome to assign workshop for credit or extra-credit. Librarians can provide a list of students in attendance.

Workshop Topics

  • APA the Easy Way and Beyond the Basics
  • Avoiding Plagiarism: Writing and Citing
  • Get Research Ready
  • Research Clinics on discipline topics
  • Extreme Google Scholar

Registration is highly recommended. View our workshop schedule and registration calendar.

Questions? Contact Lisa Burgert, Coordinator of Instruction (lburgert@sandiego.edu, 619-260-4695)

Library Faculty Workshops

During the fall and spring semester the library offers workshops for faculty on various topics such as copyright, open educational resources, or research assignment design.

Registration is highly recommended. View our workshop schedule and registration calendar.

Questions? Contact Lisa Burgert, Coordinator of Instruction (lburgert@sandiego.edu, 619-260-4695)

Student Instruction Services

Library Student Workshops

During the fall and spring semester the library offers a wide variety of workshops to develop (graduate) student’s research skills, teach citation styles, and prevent plagiarism. Faculty are welcome to assign workshop for credit or extra-credit. Librarians can provide a list of students in attendance.

Workshop Topics

  • APA the Easy Way and Beyond the Basics
  • Avoiding Plagiarism: Writing and Citing
  • Get Research Ready
  • Research Clinics on discipline topics
  • Extreme Google Scholar

Registration is highly recommended. View our workshop schedule and registration calendar.

Questions? Contact Lisa Burgert, Coordinator of Instruction (lburgert@sandiego.edu, 619-260-4695)

Credit Library Courses

Library 101: Research Methods (1.5 units)

The goal of this course is to instruct students in the use of an academic library’s printed and electronic resources to find and evaluate critical information for all disciplines both within libraries and on the Internet. Students are encouraged to think about how information is structured and disseminated as well as the ethical use of information in society. 

Course Learning Outcomes:

·      Understand how knowledge is organized in an academic library

·      Use a variety of methods for developing and refining research topics

·      Construct and implement effectively designed search strategies

·      Identify a variety of relevant information sources (print, electronic, and web)

·      Critically evaluate information sources

·      Understand ethical issues regarding the use of information

·      Select appropriate documentation style and use it to consistently cite sources

Library 103: Information Literacy and Research Strategies (3)

This course will teach the skills needed to effectively gather information to support educational and research needs in diverse formats. Topics include formulating research questions, the evaluation and presentation of information, ethical uses of information, effective search methods, citation practices, exploration of multiple literacy’s, and relevant readings and writings with discussions prompted by current issues.