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Integrating the Library Into Your Classes

  • Schedule a library instruction session: Bring your class to the library (or we'll come to you!) for all or part of the class period for everything from a basic orientation tour to research instruction. The instruction lab (12.835) can also be reserved to allow your students in-class research time, but priority is given to those classes needing instruction. Note: instruction lab contains 24 computers. 
  • D2L User AccessTeaching online? You can add a librarian to your D2L class!  
    1. In your class in D2L, go to the Support tab, then User Access.
    2. Choose "Add an Instructor or Observer to Your Section." (Pictured at right.)
    3. Complete the short form to authorize the addition. Note that there is a Librarian role in the list to choose from. 
    4. Your students will be able to reach their librarian easily through D2L when they have questions about research.

Why include the library in your classes?

All of our librarians have Master's degrees in Library Science - we're experts on conducting research efficiently, whether it's through our online databases or the wilds of the internet! Think of us as your friendly neighborhood personal search engines. 

Librarians can help your students

  • 74% of freshmen struggle to create effective searches (Head, 2013)Reduce their anxiety about a research project
  • Narrow down a topic
  • Form a research question
  • Locate reputable, credible, scholarly sources
  • Evaluate information
  • Use the databases to locate scholarly articles & other materials
  • Write citations
  • and more - just talk to us!

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"74%" statistic taken from the Dec. 2013 PIL report "How Freshmen Conduct Course Research Once They Enter College" (pdf)

Learn more about Project Information Literacy and its findings about early adult research habits at ProjectInfoLit.org.