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Library Information: Librarian Services

General information about the library.

Provisions for Online Instruction

In Fall 2020, courses will be designed for traditional face-to-face (reduced), hybrid and online delivery. All courses will be designed for online or alternative delivery from the start of the semester, regardless of mode of delivery. Librarians will continue to support instruction in modified formats as possible. Faculty and instructors, please contact Christy Ruby if you would like to carry on with library instruction but would like to explore online/alternate methods of delivery. You may also direct your students to our online tutorial videos available in a modular format.

Library Instruction


To schedule an instruction section please email Christy Ruby or fill out this form.

Subject Points Covered Time
Librarian Introduction Librarian will come to your class to introduce themselves and discuss how the library can help with their research. 5 Minutes       
Overview of Library Website and Services
  • How to navigate the website
  • Getting reference help
  • Interlibrary loan
10 Minutes        
Developing a Search Strategy
  • Brainstorming a topic
  • Narrowing or broadening a topic for successful search
  • Developing keywords
20 Minutes
Finding Materials Using One Search
  • How the search box works
  • Narrowing results using limiters
  • How to read results
  • Other access points for finding information (author name, subject headings, etc)
20 Minutes
Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Cite the idea, not the words
  • Scholarship as conversation
  • How to quote, summarize, and paraphrase
  • Using appropriate citation format
15 Minutes
Scholarly vs. Popular Articles
  • How peer-review works and its pros and cons
  • When different types of authority are appropriate
  • Different types of scholarly articles
    • Original research
    • Meta-analysis
15 Minutes
Mining articles for more information (advanced)
  • Using bibliographies to find relevant material
  • Reading citations
  • Using citation sources to find linked articles
  • Use of metadata to locate related materials
20 Minutes
Independent study with a librarian

A librarian is on hand to guide research and answer any questions students may have about the process.