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Last updated: 5/23/08

Instruction Services
Course-Related Library Sessions

At the request of colleagues teaching courses in a wide range of disciplines, reference librarians also design and teach library instruction sessions tailored to fit the specific research and curricular needs of students in particular courses. Librarians teach methods of research, sources of information, and evaluation of information.

Examples of what course-related instruction sessions may include are:

  • Electronic database demonstrations with time for hands-on practice
  • How to choose and use electronic and print periodical indexes
  • Instruction in general and subject-specific reference materials
  • How to use the HELIN library catalog
  • Internet search strategy and evaluation

Classroom instructors may schedule a course-related instruction session by contacting a Subject Selector / Specialist in the Library. Instructors are asked to provide the librarian meeting their class with any supplementary materials (e.g. assignments, course syllabi, etc.) at least one week in advance of the day we meet your class. Also, please see the Creating Effective Library Research Assignments page for pointers on how to design research assignments that will enhance your students' learning experience.

Contact information
If you have any questions about the Libraries’ Instruction Services, please contact Chair of Public Services Deborah Mongeau or Information Literacy Librarian Mary MacDonald. Deborah can be reached by e-mail at or by telephone at (401) 874-4610. Mary can be reached by e-mail at or by telephone at (401) 874-4635.

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