What is In-Class Instruction?
Librarians can come to your classroom and teach important research, information literacy, and library skills to your students! We can also host your class in our instruction room (209) if you would like to bring them to the library.
What can you teach in my class?
- Information Literacy Skills
- Research Methods
- Evaluating Sources
- Reading and Note-taking
- Citing Sources
- Avoiding Plagiarism
- Database searching
- ATLA Database scripture searches
- Field-specific databases
- Researching Biblical Exegesis
- Finding and Using Social Media and Real World Data
- How to Use Archival Resources
- New England Conference church records
- Personal manuscript collections
- Rare books, hymnals, or Bibles
- Methodist Books of Discipline
- Microfilms (especially Missiology collections)
- Citation managers
What do you need from the professor?
Ideally, the in-class instruction session would be requested several weeks in advance, and the librarian would meet with the professor briefly to outline goals for the session. The initial request should include:
- Length of the session. (Minimum of 20 minutes, to as much as the full class session if desired.)
- Whether you would like us to visit your classroom, or bring your class to ours (209).
- Assignment instructions (if applicable).
- Topic or skill you would like presented (see above).
- Number of students enrolled in the class (for seating and handouts).
What if my students need one-on-one consultations?
We love this! Feel free to direct them to schedule formal 30-minute reference consultations with our librarians.
If you would like those reference consultations to be a course requirement, let us know in advance. We can provide a sign-up sheet for the students to schedule their reference consultations, and we will provide you with the names of all students who met with us.