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

I use the services of the Morris Library’s Film and Video Collection in every aspect of my teaching because I use both film clips and full-length films in all my courses. I’ve relied on the experts there to help me locate films from Asia and on Islam — the focus of my teaching; to help me find films that I otherwise would have never found on my own; to help me create often extensive lists of films I ask my students to watch outside of class; and often to discuss the very nature of using films as a pedagogic method in teaching.

Patricia Sloane-White
Associate Professor, Anthropology


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