Library Instruction

We offer:

  • Instruction sessions, workshops, orientations.
  • Help Guides. Don't see what you need? Contact us.
  • Partnerships with a librarian on instruction and assessment.
  • Tours for the public.
  • Research advice on your subject.

Schedule a Session

To schedule a session, contact Reference. Tell us...

How many people are participating?

Small groups (5-15) work best for hands-on activities. We can work with larger groups (25-30) in the Library for lectures and orientations.

Does anyone need accommodation for a disability?

We can include features to make the session more effective for people who are vision- or hearing-impaired, or have other educational needs.

What do you want us to do?

Support an assignment? Give an overview of the chemistry literature? Give advice on thesis research? We'll work with you. If you need ideas, see the Instruction a la Carte Menu


Please schedule a session at least 24 hours in advance. (The earlier, the better.) Our sessions are set up for a 50 minute class period, unless otherwise arranged.


While we often hold sessions in the Library, we can come to your classroom, a campus computer lab, or off campus. We usually need an Internet connection and media equipment.

Instruction a la Carte Menu

Introduction and conclusion (required)  =  10 minutes.

Library Catalog  =  15 minutes. How to find materials; your Library Account.

Prospector regional catalog  =  10 minutes. How to find materials; how to order items.

Journal Article Basics

  • "General" Databases  =  15 minutes. How to select a database; create a basic search strategy.
  • Scholarly vs Popular Journals  =  10 minutes. Compare-and-contrast the two. Recommended for students unfamiliar with scholarly literature.
  • Find an Article  =  15 minutes. An introduction to finding an article.
  • Find E-Journals  =  20 minutes. Tips and trouble-shooting on finding E-journals.

Using the Web

  • Web Searching  =  20 minutes. Interactive with audience; tips and tricks.
  • Evaluating Web Sites  =  20 minutes. Pick out web site featuers that can help you evaluate their information.

Research (Recommended for students starting a major research project.)

  • Deciphering Citations  =  10 minutes. Troubleshooting citations for subject disciplines.
  • Core Information Resources  =  10 minutes. Subject specific.
  • Specialized Databases  =  [20-30 minutes]. Subject specific. We recommend combining this with "Finding E-Publications" or "Journal Article Basics."
  • Finding E-Publications  =  20 minutes. An overview on finding E-publications. The focus is on tracking down E-publications, trouble-shooting.
  • Interlibrary Loan  =  10 minutes. An overview of what's available; tips.

Organizing Your Information

  • How to Cite Your Sources  =  10 minutes. Subject specific.
  • Information Ethics  =  20 minutes. Learn how to use others' works correctly; about plagiarism; copyright basics from a layman's perspective.

Special Topics  =  30 minutes. Emphasis varies, depending on the topics. Examples:

  • Engineering design
  • Statistical information
  • Energy
  • Patents
  • Maps
  • Historic mines

Library Tour  =  30 minutes. Orientation to the Library building; overview of services and collections. Recommended for those who will only be on campus for a short time and in need of a quick orientation.


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