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Librarians and subject specialists offer several options to help integrate the use of library services, resources as well as information literacy instruction into undergraduate and graduate courses.

Here are some details about what we teach, how we teach and some general guidelines on integrating library-related content into your classes.

What We Teach

  • Information Literacy Skills:
Skill LevelCompetency Objectives
  • Academic Integrity
  • Designing a research topic
  • Articulating a research question
  • Searching and identifying useful keywords
  • Evaluating sources for relevance and authority
  • Finding known items
  • Web-savvy (Google tools)
  • Using the library (orientation)
Advanced Beginner
  • Citation
    • Understanding basic copyright and ethics
    • Avoiding plagiarism
    • Citation styles
  • Primary and secondary sources
  • Search strategies: Boolean, truncation, phrase
  • Subject-specific tools
  • Controlled vocabulary
  • Quality of information
  • Journals in the area/discipline
  • Information life cycle
  • Citation mapping and advanced strategies for literature searches
  • Citation management
  • Writing a literature review
  • Remaining up to date with research methods and resources
  • Additional Skills:
    • GIS workshops and data literacy
    • Map instruction
    • Primary source and archival research
    • Experiential Learning Opportunities
    • Book arts

How We Teach

Librarians and library staff will work with you to design library-related sessions that align with your learning outcomes and course delivery method(s). We design customized sessions that vary in length and format and can include:

  • Plug and Play Brightspace Modules:
    • Self-Enrolled Brightspace course that can be used by faculty and students. Includes general content on using library’s resources and services (ie. Searching Omni, evaluating information, etc). These can easily be imported into your course.
  • Custom Brightspace modules:
    • Work with your librarian/subject specialist to develop custom modules for your course. Please contact us early to start the process.
  • Multiple library sessions (in person or online synchronous)
  • One library session (in person or online synchronous)
  • Customized video tutorials
  • Customized course guide

What We Need From You

Faculty and instructors can complete this form to send a direct request, which will be answered by the relevant librarian or subject specialist.

Book an individual consultation with your librarian or subject specialist to discuss and develop sessions that are appropriate for your courses.

What do we need to get started before instruction?

  • Preferred date and time of session(s);
    • Please note that resources are subject to availability and capacity of librarians and subject specialists. Please allow a minimum of 2 weeks for preparation time (some library instruction/workshops may require more preparation time)
  • Syllabi and/or assignments
  • Learning outcomes; i.e. what you want your students to get out of the session

Library Guides

Librarians and subject specialists create and maintain a selection of Guides. These guides offer many great starting points for academic research and helpful 'how to' instructions on a variety of topics. They can also be linked into Brightspace at your request.

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