Bibliographic instruction introduces students to the basic sources and library research strategies needed for a specific course or assignment.* The presentations, given by the liaison librarians, are tailor made to correspond to the assignments in a particular course. The liaison librarian will discuss the needs of the class with the instructor and then prepare a presentation. The presentation may include introduction or in-depth instruction on 1) PubMed and other databases; 2) electronic full-text sources; 3) library services and collections; 4) the Library Online Catalog; and 5) use of reference books and other library materials pertinent to the class.
Liaison librarians also consult with faculty in developing relevant and effective library assignments and obtaining appropriate library material.
Individual and small group consultation on any research-related question or information need is available by appointment with your librarian.
Allowing the liaison librarian to address the class as a whole should answer the students' most basic questions, e.g. what sources to use, how to use them, and where they are located. This enables the students to begin research on their own and allows the librarians at the reference desk to help students with specific problems as they arise.
Some students are reluctant to ask for assistance. The bibliographic instruction sessions encourage students to ask for help by introducing them to the liaison librarian who knows about their assignment. Students should also be able to express their information needs more accurately and confidently after participation in a bibliographic instruction session. The session will not answer all their questions. It will, however, make it easier for them to ask a better question.
Communication is improved between students, librarians, and instructors when all get together to discuss ways of gathering information that will satisfy a course assignment. It also helps the librarians determine what additional sources are needed in the library to meet student and faculty needs.
After a bibliographic instruction session, students should be able to retrieve information more efficiently and with less frustration. Our aim is to improve the quality of their coursework and increase their independence in learning.
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