Library Instruction


Request an instruction session for your class

To request a session, please use our Instruction Request Form or contact your subject specialist.

To ensure that a librarian is available for the date and time you need, please request library instruction at least one week in advance.

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. 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

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

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: 

  • 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