Research Assistance : Library Instruction
Library tours are conducted for classes, groups, or individuals.
The tour will be customized accordingly depending on the needs
of the class or group. A tour highlights:
- The general organization of the library
- The library's collections
- Service points such as circulation, reference, and reserves
- Access to computers
- General library policies
- The library catalog and other print and electronic resources
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Library instruction classes are conducted for individual classes
on how to do research in general, how to obtain resources for
specific subject areas, or for specific assignments or projects.
The sessions are tailored to meet the needs of each class as
outlined by the professor requesting this service. The students
will be shown how to:
- Identify appropriate keywords and concepts in their topic
- Identify relevant reference sources for background information
- Search the online catalog for books and/or other materials
- Use keywords and boolean searches when searching databases
- Distinguish between scholarly and non-scholarly sources (journals
- Find scholarly articles.
- Critically evaluate information sources
- Cite sources using appropriate citation styles
- Find other sources of information as deemed appropriate by
Students also receive hands-on instruction (subject to computer
lab availability) and one-on-one assistance outside class.
Many times students are unwilling or afraid to admit they do
not know how to access library resources, and even those who know
are usually unsure of the specific databases or resources relevant
for a given subject.
What you can do:
- Call (919) 530-7315 to sign your class up for a library
instruction session, or
- Complete a Library
Instruction Request Form provided here. In order to
ensure adequate preparation, please give a two weeks notice.
- Include your students' research topics or class assignment
in the request form.
Library sessions are more relevant and productive if done when
students have chosen their topics. This will help tailor the
presentation to the students' research needs. It's also helpful
for students to know their topics before the presentation begins
so they have an immediate and concrete need for the skills taught.
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Blackboard: Integrate Library Instruction into
I am available to work with you to provide access to the following
for your students on Blackboard
- Collaborate with you in creating library assignments for your
- Provide library handouts and/or tutorials with research tips
- Prepare a bibliography of library resources your students
may find relevant for their topics
- Be available as the contact person for students to send
e-mail if they have questions regarding library research
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Individual training is available for faculty to assist you in the
use of a new information resource or consult with you on the design
of your library research assignments. To schedule an individual
training or consultation session, please contact the Information
Literacy/Library Instruction Librarian at (919) 530-7315.
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Last updated: March 19, 2021
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