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

Today in class we had a guest lecturer from the UD library give a presentation.  She went through the databases and showed us how to properly search for sources.  I thought this was very simple and that I was good at looking for sources, but I quickly realized there is a lot more to it than I originally thought. Overall, this lecture was incredibly helpful and I only wish that I had something like it sooner!!

Biomedical Communication Student


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