Instruction Menu

One way DeWitt Library librarians support faculty is by providing instructional services. We realize every class has different research needs, and we tailor our sessions to support the objectives of your course. Furthermore, our services are not limited to showing students how to find books or articles; we can teach about citing sources, formatting papers, using technology to enhance assignments, evaluating web sites, and more. 

This menu is also available in .pdf format.  To schedule an instruction session, complete the online form.  

General TopicAreas CoveredTime Required
Article citations 
  • Using Find a Journal to access an article when you only have a citation
  • Using ILL to access an article we do not have immediate access to
10 minutes
Bibliographies/Works Cited
  • Finding help pages on the library web site
  • Using NoodleTools
  • Creating a sample citation or two
20 minutes
Book reviews
  • Finding reviews in a variety of databases
20 minutes
Catalog and WorldCat
  • Finding books and videos
  • Using e-books
  • Reading call numbers & locations
  • Searching WorldCat
  • Using interlibrary loan
20 minutes
  • Searching databases for your subject
  • Finding full-text articles (may include interlibrary loan)
  • Creating accounts in databases (when applicable)
10 minutes per database
  • Explaining tips & tricks of Google, including Google Books and Google Scholar
15 minutes
Interlibrary loan
  • Setting up an ILL account
  • Requesting materials
  • Accessing materials
  • Covering policies and time frame
10 minutes
Paper format
  • Using Microsoft Word to correctly format papers
    • Bibliographies
    • Line spacing
    • Page numbering 
    • Footnotes
15 minutes
Plagiarism / academic honesty
  • Recognizing what is plagiarism
  • Determining what to credit
15 minutes
Primary sources
  • Explaining primary & secondary sources
  • Finding primary sources online
  • Finding primary sources in the library
15 minutes
Reference sources
  • Explaining reference sources
  • Showing both print & online sources
  • Mining reference materials to discover other sources
15 minutes
Scholarly information
  • Contrasting scholarly and popular sources
  • Explaining the publication process for scholarly materials
  • Explaining peer review
10 minutes
Special topics
  • Varies; could include
    • Looking at statistical sets
    • Finding music scores
    • Locating literary criticism
    • Others
Minimum of 20 minutes
Technology tools
  • Using technology to enhance assignments; could include
    • Adding audio/video to presentations
    • Creating published web sites
    • Editing Wikipedia entries
Minimum of 30 minutes
Topic strategies
  • Brainstorming a topic
  • Narrowing topics
  • Identifying keywords
  • Understanding synonyms
10 minutes
  • Showing difference collections, including reserves and reference
  • Explaining policies, services, and hours
10 minutes
Web site evaluation
  • Examining sites for credibility and reliability
15 minutes
Today's Hours
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Research help desk1 p.m. to 4 p.m
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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