Buley Library offers a variety of library research instruction opportunities in the use of its resources and services to all members of the University community. The Subject Specialist Librarians provide course related and individual instruction, teaching students how to better locate, evaluate, and use information, in order to become independent, life-long learners. We offer a wide range of ways to get your students doing research correctly and efficiently:
General library building tour with a brief introduction to library services.
Meet your librarian! The librarian comes to your smart classroom for a brief discussion of subject-specific resources and further opportunities for assistance, including one on one research appointments.
General introduction to library services and polices (logging in from off-campus, using online reserves, etc.)
The open Internet and research - the difference between the general internet and scholarly resources. Evaluation of online resources. When and why to use library resources as opposed to the general internet.
How to locate books and articles using SouthernSearch. Includes Boolean logic, keyword vs. subject heading, and how to request items from other CSCU libraries.
How to locate periodical articles in online databases. Includes selecting a database, the best strategies for searching a database, and differentiating between scholarly and non-scholarly articles.
Advanced library research. Writing a literature review. Differentiating between types of scholarly articles.
Citation Tools. Students learn to use our citation software.
Library Lab. Allows students time to work on a research assignment while the librarian is present and able to provide assistance if needed.
Introductory tour of the Artists Books Collection. Should not be combined with other types of instruction. Contact Tina Re for more information.
Instruction Spaces: The Library has 2 library instruction classrooms, 118 and 242 (formerly 211). 118 has 25 computers and can seat at least 35 students. 242 has 18 computers and can seat 24 students. We can also do demos in any classroom with a projector and hands-on sessions in computer-equipped classrooms around campus. All efforts will be made to accommodate your choice of room, but we cannot guarantee that you will get the room you prefer.
Note: The instruction session is not scheduled until you receive a confirmation of your request.
At least 14 days' notice is required. Assessment surveys will be distributed at the end of each session.