General Advice

  1. Consult with your library liaison while you are creating your syllabus. We can help you create classroom activities and assignments that will knit together the subject matter of your course, the development of research skills, and a broader understanding of how to find, evaluate, and use information.

  2. For maximum impact, have two library instruction sessions for First-Year Seminars. The first session is an orientation to the physical space of the library and library resources and services in general. The second allows them to meaningfully research after having gained familiarity with the tools (MIDCAT, Summon, research guides, etc.).

  3. Hold a workshop with Special Collections  to have students learn how and when to use primary versus secondary sources. Bringing students to Special Collections in a First-Year Seminar, will likely make them more comfortable with the research process for primary sources: how to request items to view, how to handle them etc.

  4. Include your librarian’s name (and contact info) in your syllabus.

  5. Refer students to your librarian in class and during office hours.

  6. Learn about the skills of incoming students ( .

  7. Help your students avoid poor papers based on last minute research by assigning a bibliography in advance of a more complex research paper.