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Library Toolbox for Faculty and Staff

The library offers several learning opportunities and embeddable objects for students to improve their research and information literacy skills:

For non-library learning, Academic Support provides tutors and workshops


Student Workshops

Live, online, hands-on research workshops, using Microsoft Teams (there is also a non-live equivalent for those who cannot attend a live session).


How to Integrate Workshop(s) Participation into Your Course

Do you have students who could benefit from participating in a hands-on, online library workshop they can take from the comfort of their home? Send them to our Library Workshops Information Page to register for one or more of our workshops.

There are 5 different workshops that focus on a specific topic during 60 minute sessions:

  1. Formulating and narrowing a research topic
  2. Finding and working with scholarly and other types of sources
  3. Search techniques and search results tools
  4. Citing with APA (including an intro to paraphrasing)
  5. Using Zotero to manage and cite sources (this one is geared to Grad students, but Undregrads may benefit from it as well)

We provide sample text below, which you can edit as needed to let your students know they need to fill out the post-workshop survey in order to get credit (and it reinforces the learning).

We will email the you the names of students who successfully participated in the workshop and completed the survey. Students must include their name and their instructor on the survey.


Library Workshop(s) as Assignment

You can use student participation in the research workshops as a required or extra credit assignment. View the Research Workshop 1 post-workshop survey for an example. See below for embeddable assignment text.


Non-Live Workshops Alternative

For students who cannot attend the scheduled research workshops, the alternative is to work through some readings and video tutorials and then complete an online quiz.


Embeddable Text for Assigning a Workshop (customize as needed)

Steps to register for and take a hands-on, online library workshop:

  1. Go to the library workshops webpage.
  2. Select a date for the workshop you want to take [sub in the specific workshop you want your students to take) and click the 'Reserve a virtual seat' link to the right of an upcoming session (there is also an offline version consisting of readings and videos for those who can't attend a live session; but you will miss out on the hands-on part).
  3. A reminder email with the Teams meeting URL and other details will be sent to all registrants the day before the workshop (and a second one the day of).
  4. To get credit for participating, you must complete the post-workshop survey (or the offline quiz) that is given out at the end of the session. You must provide your name and your instructor's name, along with responses to some questions about what was covered.

Students who cannot attend the scheduled research workshops can work through readings and video tutorials and then complete the online quiz. Confirmation of successful quiz completion will be sent to the instructor.


Email your library liaison if you have any questions about this program, strategies for embedding the workshops or any information literacy content, or have ideas to improve or integrate library services and resources into your teaching.