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

Library Instruction

Special Collections made an enormous contribution to my course on historic books and book conservation. My students were able to examine and handle everything from Babylonian clay tablets to medieval alchemy manuscripts on parchment to the beautiful 19th century printed books in the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection. The Special Collections librarians always did a terrific job of selecting collections materials that would instruct and astound us, and of explaining their importance to the history of the book.

Renee Woolcott
Book Conservator, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

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