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Course Instruction

Instruction in the use of library materials and information literacy is within the core mission of the University Libraries. The Research & Instruction Librarians hope to make the incorporation of instruction in these areas seamless into your course plans.

Consider consulting your subject librarian for the following:

1. Development of assignments that will require use of library resources

2. Development of assignments with the purpose of exposing students to different types of information resources that may be available on a given topic.

Consider including an instruction session from a subject librarian within your course on the following topics:


  • Introduction to collegiate research
    • Freshmen or introductory courses
    • General library and web-based resources
    • Basic research skills
    • Plagiarism concerns
    • Thinking critically about resources
  • Subject-Specific Instruction
    • Majors or graduate students in a particular discipline
    • Tailored to fit specific course needs
    • Both library and web-based resources
    • More sophisticated search strategies and resources
  • Assignment-Based Instruction
    • Any student, any course
    • Focuses on research tools appropriate for a specific assignment
    • Both library and web-based resources


  • In-person -- in your classroom or at the library
  • Via Collaborate or I-TV
  • In-person or electronically at your extended campus classroom


  • For instruction using Special Collections, call (270) 809-6152
  • For instruction in law resources, call the James O. Overby Law Library at (270) 809-6758.

Contact your Subject Librarian directly for ideas on how to incorporate a librarian’s virtual presence throughout the research process.

Keeping up with changes in information retrieval can be daunting, even in your own discipline.  Contact your Subject Librarian directly for personal help with library resources in your area, or for faculty group sessions in your department.


All sessions need to be scheduled at least two business days in advance.  No sessions will be scheduled with less than a two-day notice. 
Instructors must be present during requested sessions.  We cannot conduct your course in your absence. 

Librarians will provide instructors with an evaluation form at the session time.  If you prefer, an online evaluation form may be used.


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