Curricular Support

The OWHL's research instruction program is designed to fit in seamlessly with your curriculum.

Information skills are not outside or separate from your course's subject matter. Rather, they are a range of abilities that can help students succeed in your class. All students should be able to recognize when they need information and have the capacity to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the information they find. When you collaborate with us students become more empowered, independent learners.

All OWHL instruction sessions are tailored to the subject area, class level, and your own curricular goals. We work within your timeframe, whether it's a 20 minute refresher on citation skills in your classroom or a research paper that requires students to delve deep into a topic at the library for a week. Here is just a small sample of the classes we've taught in the past:

  • Introduction to research: reference sources, databases, books, scholarly journals, and primary sources
  • How to develop a research question
  • Advanced research skills and techniques in the sciences and humanities
  • Source evaluation and annotated bibliographies
  • Workshop on primary sources: finding, evaluating, and incorporating them into a paper
  • Academic integrity and plagiarism
  • Citation (MLA, Chicago/Turabian, and APA): footnotes, in-text citations, works cited, and bibliographies
  • Website evaluation, media literacy, and Google search skills
  • Thesis development and writing skills

While the OWHL is known for research, you don't have to have a research assignment in place to work with us. We can help develop assignments that enhance and expand students' understanding of scholarship in your subject area. If you're seeing a need in your class, we will work with you to come up with lesson plans, assignments, or in-class activities that will get your students on track.

How to Schedule Instruction:

We will work with you to ensure that each research instruction session supports your learning outcomes and is appropriate to the skill level of your students. To give us enough time to gather resources, create an OWHL Guide, and/or plan in-class activities, we ask that instruction sessions are requested at least a week in advance.

Want to make sure your research prompt is doable? Not sure how to craft an effective research assignment? We would love to work with you to create or hone a research project.

To arrange a research instruction session, simply contact the librarian in your liaison area.

Michael Blake Associate Director of the OWHL [email protected] | x4234 Liaison Areas: Mathematics, and Science

Shawna Egan Research and Instructional Design Librarian [email protected] | x4232 Liaison Areas: History, Economics, Psychology, Religion & Philosophy, and Art

Sharon Pei Research and Instructional Librarian, Digital Resources Coordinator [email protected] | x4228 Liaison Areas: World Languages, Classics, and Global Studies

Beth Tompkins Research and Instructional Design Librarian, [email protected] | x4227 Liaison Areas: History, Economics and English

Assignment Development

We can work with you to create, enhance, or adjust assignments. With advance notice, we can even take your research assignment(s) for a "test run" and ensure the OWHL has enough resources to support it. If needed, we can suggest alternative or additional topics to make sure students are challenged appropriately according to their skill and grade level.

Library Instruction Offerings

This document serves as a starting point for those interested in having a librarian work with their students. Once you have an idea of what types of skills we can cover please contact your liaison librarian, he/she will be able to work with you to build the perfect instruction session(s) for your students. Please note the amount of time each skill would take up when thinking about a class period. Also, as a rule of thumb as to not overwhelm the students; please only choose up to THREE skills for a given period to prevent overload.