Library Instruction

The Library is a key partner for those who teach.  University of Delaware librarians are ready to collaborate with faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants to design and deliver instruction for students on a wide range of concepts and skills. Use the button below to request an instruction session or to consult with a librarian about your class’s needs.

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What We Teach

Library instruction encompasses much more than just “how to use the library”.  Here are some of the more common concepts that we cover in classes:

The Research Process

  • Scholarly vocabulary and keywords
  • Choosing sources
    • What is a database?
    • What is a periodical?
    • What are primary sources?
    • What are rare books and manuscripts?
  • Developing a research topic
  • Accessing resources
    • Advanced searching
    • Finding books and media
    • Accessing articles online
    • Finding digital collections
  • Source evaluation
  • Research organization and management

Beyond Basic Skills

  • Intro to discipline-specific sources
  • Mastering specialized vocabularies and terminology
  • Advanced search tips for specialized resources
  • Tips for research management
  • Critical reading of texts
  • Critical analysis of media
  • Designing assignments with primary sources

Specialized Skills

  • How to conduct a literature review
  • How to conduct a systematic review
  • Creating multimedia
    • Preproduction
    • Production
    • Post-production
    • Digital storytelling
  • Considering intellectual property
  • Citation searching
  • Finding funding resources
  • Researching patents
  • Searching rare books and manuscripts
  • Build a Digital Humanities project

Library Instruction

In the students’ cover letters for their assignment, many specifically credited Hannah Lee’s instruction as invaluable for helping them produce their videos and slide shows. Several students were apprehensive about completing the assignment, but ended up being proud of themselves for figuring things out and having the resources from the SMDC [Student Multimedia Design Center] was essential to building that confidence and ability.

Stephanie Kerschbaum, Associate Professor, English

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