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Faculty - Class Instruction Sessions and Workshops

Faculty can arrange class-tailored sessions, taught by librarians, which introduce library resources, library research, or source evaluation . In these sessions, attention is given to familiarizing students with information literacy skills, research strategies, and new information resources such as DISCOVERY, subject-specific online databases, and traditional printed information sources. Hands-on workshops focusing on class-specific research and/or use of citations are also available.

Sessions and workshops can be custom-designed to meet the special needs of each class and can be held in the library itself or in other WSC classrooms. They can last an entire class period or be held at just the beginning or end of a class. Instructors at distant sites can also arrange to have a librarian travel to their off-campus location.

Build Your Own Session

Select two or three topics for a full class session OR one topic for a 15-20 minute discussion at the start/end of your class.

  • Basic Research
  • Advanced Research
  • Internet Research
  • Popular vs. Scholarly Resources
  • Selecting Credible Resources
  • Avoiding Bias
  • Evaluating Websites
  • Developing a Topic
  • Intro to Plagiarism
  • Overview of Citations
  • Finding Statistics
  • IRC Tour
  • Intro to Children’s Materials
  • Specialized Databases and/or Resources
  • IRB App Overview
  • Other Class Specific Topics

Workshops

Course-specific topic overview followed by an in-class, hands-on workshop based on current assignments and guided by a librarian.

  • Research Workshop
  • Citation Workshop

Policies and Procedures

The library instruction staff of Conn Library makes every effort to accommodate all requests for course-integrated library research instruction. The goal of these guidelines is to ensure a positive experience for faculty, librarian-instructors, and students.

  • Recommended: Request a session or workshop at least two weeks in advance.
  • Requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and depend upon the availability of library instructors. Be prepared with alternate dates if possible.
  • Please plan to attend the session. Feedback from students indicates student engagement is higher when the professor is present in order to answer student questions pertaining to the assignment. It also enables you to provide feedback to the librarian, which is an important component in improving this service.
  • Submit the research assignment and sample topics a minimum of three business days prior to the date of the session. 

To request a library instruction session or workshop, contact Valerie Knight at vaknigh1@wsc.edu or at 402-375-7443.