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Schedule Library & Information Literacy Instruction

Schedule a library session customized for your research assignment and course goals using this form. The subject librarian from your department will contact you to confirm your session.

Request a Librarian for Class Instruction

To request other types of instruction (online tutorial, course guide, Moodle presence), contact your subject librarian or Kim Pittman.

What Is Library Instruction?

UMD reference librarians can work with you to help your students develop their research skills and evaluate information critically. Librarians can offer support for your classroom instruction in several ways:

  • Classroom instruction focusing on research strategies and resources for specific assignments
  • In-class research help
  • In-office consultations with students
  • Online research guides for specific courses or assignments
  • Online assistance to students via Moodle
  • Online tutorials for specific courses or assignments
  • Librarian consultation on research assignment design

Key learning outcomes for library instruction include:

  • Students will develop effective search terms and search strategies for their information needs
  • Students will revise searches in order to persist in the face of search challenges
  • Students will evaluate sources based on information need and the context in which the information will be used
  • Students will identify multiple perspectives on a scholarly topic
  • Students will formulate research questions that are appropriately scaled, meet assignment requirements, and can be supported by available resources

Why Is Library Instruction Necessary?

Students report that academic research is more difficult to conduct in the digital age, primarily due to information overload. 
For most students, getting started on a research assignment is most challenging. Assistance at this stage can help students navigate the entire research process.

Head, A.J. and Eisenberg, M. B. (2009). Finding Context: What Todayʼs College Students Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age. In Project Information Literacy