Library Instruction Topics

The Kinlaw Library Reference Librarians can instruct students about finding sources, evaluating materials, and using those materials effectively.  Sessions can be conducted as part of a class session (focusing on one skill per session), or by asking a Librarian to do personal one-on-one instruction. 

Since electronic resources are constantly changing, learning basic search strategies will improve your efficiency and your results.  We cover resources located in the Kinlaw Liibrary as well as instruction on how to access information available at other locations, at any time from the convenience of your office, home, or dorm room.

Using the Online Catalog - Finding Books

Learn, review and practice skills in using the online catalog to find books the library has in its collection.  Especially helpful if you've had trouble finding titles according to subject.  This workshop will cover the basics and also teach you lots of shortcuts and tricks to make it much, much easier! 

Finding Journal Articles

Need to find periodical sources for an assignment?  Not sure how to navigate through index citations or electronic databases?  Learn how to find full-text articles from academic publications for your research.  This workshop will cover different formats and sources for periodical articles needed for research papers.  Learn how InterLibrary Loan works--we can get material from thousands of other libraries!

Locating Quality Material on the Internet

The Internet offers the ease of research when and where it's convenient, but may not provide the best, or even the "right" information.  Want to know some quality sites to use for research?  This workshop reviews the basics of Internet searching and directs you to worthwhile search engines.  Even if you use a favorite search tool, you will learn great tips to expand your information seeking.  Find out appropriate ways to evaluate material you find on the Internet.

Identifying Primary Source Material

Primary sources provide authentic information for researchers and writers.  Learn to distinguish between primary and secondary sources by applying certain criteria.  Look at examples and find out how to access material.

Gathering Statistics

Statistical information in an important aspect of research for a wide range of  topics.  Data is gathered and stored in many different sources. Almanacs and other reference tools cover general areas, but often more specific resources are needed.  Learn where to look, both in print and online for current as well as historical numbers.

Dealing with Plagiarism & Citing Sources

Watch a short video presentation and discuss what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid misuse of information in your work.  Go over the basics of MLA style documentation including print and electronic resources.

Developing Critical Thinking Skills - Evaluate Your Sources

Naturally it is easier to settle for the first few resources you find when conducting research, but learning how to evaluate information critically will improve your finished product and increase the effectiveness of your work.  Using critical thinking skills to weigh the value and appropriateness of your research is an important step in the educational process.  This workshop shows you how to understand and apply these techniques.