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Library Services for Faculty

Library Instruction

Librarians help students develop their research, information literacy and citation skills through in-class instruction, asynchronous online courses, and 1-1 appointments. Instructors can request one of the standard classes featured below, or work with their liaison librarian to create a tailored session.

Types of Instruction 


Introduction to Research Skills

Research instruction sessions are designed to meet the needs of individual assignments and should be scheduled for when students are ready to conduct their research. In consultation with your liaison librarian, the following classes can be modified to better meet the needs of your students and the scope of your coursework. 

Online Source Evaluation (Starts at 60min)  

  • In this class students will learn how to identify different types of sources (i.e. scholarly, authoritative, popular) and determine which sources are appropriate for academic coursework.

  • Students will learn the STAR criteria for evaluating sources and then apply their knowledge to real-life examples. 

Database Searching (90min)  

  • The lecture and activity will help students develop a strategy to guide their research.

  • Students will learn to identify keywords, generate synonyms, and combine their search terms using Boolean Operators.

  • Live demonstration and hands-on practice conducting a search in OneSearch (library catalogue), using key search filters, evaluating results for relevance, and saving results for later use. 

Starting Research (Starts at 60min)

  • Major topics include types of sources, evaluating sources, and the research process. 

  • Customize the library instruction session by adding one additional topic/workshop from the list below.  

  • You can request additional topics but note that any additional content will lengthen the overall time of the class. 

Workshops (15-20+ minutes, times will vary)

In-class activities will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and critical thinking skills:  

  • Using OneSearch to find scholarly sources.  

  • Using a subject-specific database to find information (must identify which database).  

  • Discipline-specific resources (authoritative/grey literature). 

  • Using Google more effectively.

  • Making a plan for research.

  • How to read an academic article. 


Introduction to Digital Resources

  • Customized sessions introduce students to online resources

  • Choice of individual databases, or combinations of resources such as Hoopla, Criterion-on-Demand, LinkedIn Learning, Solaro and more


 Citation & Avoiding Plagiarism

APA Online Course (90-120min, asynchronous)

  • A four module course covering an introduction to citation and plagiarism, in-text and reference citations, document formatting and proofreading citations
  • This can be embedded into your Moodle course as a graded item or recommended to students as a way to re-learn APA

MLA Citation (30 min)

  • An overview of MLA citation style, including in-text citations, references and formatting


Paraphrasing (30 min)

  • Learn about the 6 steps of effective paraphrasing, followed by practice paraphrasing a relevant source.


Information Literacy 

Information literacy is a set of abilities that enable individuals to:

  • evaluate and choose information critically from a range of sources
  • use information effectively and ethically
  • create new knowledge in given information environments—both academic and personal

Fake-Believe: An Introduction to Misinformation (120min+, asynchronous)

  • A four module course covering misinformation and its various forms; evaluating information using techniques such as lateral reading; news literacy, science literacy and conspiracy theories; and the role of bias in spreading misinformation
  • This can be embedded into your Moodle course as a graded item or recommended to students as a critical skill set to practice