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.
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
- How to conduct a literature review
- How to conduct a systematic review
- Creating multimedia
- Digital storytelling
- Considering intellectual property
- Citation searching
- Finding funding resources
- Researching patents
- Searching rare books and manuscripts
- Build a Digital Humanities project
Studying Japanese Culture through Gaming
During Fall 2014, Rachael Hutchinson, Associate Professor in Foreign Languages and Literatures, taught FLLT380: Critical Approaches to the Japanese Videogame.…
After collaborating with a Film and Video Collection Librarian, Dr. Hutchinson and her students were able to utilize several gaming consoles and a number of video games in the Library’s Film and Video Collection area to explore complex topics such as representations of gender and race in game texts and game theory related to immersion and identification, as well as case studies of notable game developers.
Of the collaboration, Dr. Hutchinson writes: “The logistics of running a video game syllabus with 60 students are incredibly complex, yet I unfailingly received enthusiastic assistance on all aspects of implementation – from purchasing and housing the game consoles to streamlining the borrowing experience for student users. The resource support from Film and Video has been absolutely superb, and instrumental in creating the new Minor in Game Studies at the University of Delaware.”
Undergraduates Engage with History
In consultation with Special Collections librarians, Kristen Poole, Professor in the department of English designed a semester-long project for her ENGL468 class that allowed students to acquire a new understanding of historical inquiry.…
Students used Special Collections materials to analyze early printed editions of the histories that Shakespeare used as source texts for his own plays. Special Collections librarians provided class sessions in which students analyzed rare books as a group. Each student conducted individual research using early-printed books from Special Collections. See the product of the students’ research in the class website!
Of the collaboration, Dr. Poole noted, “My students came into Special collections with one relationship to history and left with a different understanding. The experience of working with sixteenth-century texts gave them a new appreciation not just of that particular time period, but of the vagaries of constructing history in the first place.”
Stephanie Kerschbaum, Associate Professor of English, collaborated with librarians on an assignment for her English 110 class. Her students investigated research questions pertaining to the St. Thomas Cemetery on Delaware Avenue in Newark, Delaware. Students wrote research papers on this topic and created short videos of their research.…
Students were instructed on library resources pertaining to local history as well as genealogy, and on the elements of multimedia production, including storyboarding, video equipment and video editing.
Stephanie writes, “Truth be told, I could not have done this assignment without the [Student Multimedia Design Center] and I think these skills are really important to teach students, so I’m incredibly appreciative and thankful. I definitely plan to make use of the Student Multimedia Design Center in future assignments.”