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Spring 2021 Instructional Services

by Carolyn Caffrey Gardner on 2021-01-04T10:00:00-08:00 | Comments

Looking for ways to teach information literacy and research concepts online? Library faculty can help! We'll be offering all virtual instructional services for Spring 2021, including videos, interactive tutorials, resources and activities in Blackboard, librarian designed assignments, and live zoom class sessions.

For general education courses, we build foundations by focusing on strategic searching, evaluating sources, identifying perspectives, describing authorship and authority, and citation practices. In the major, we focus on developing discipline-specific information literacy skills such as understanding primary/secondary literature in a discipline, tracing a scholarly conversation, finding specialized sources of information, and information ethics. For graduate students, we foster discipline-specific information literacy concepts at the graduate-level such as selecting a publication to publish scholarly work, developing a professional information network, and advanced citation practices.

Request an Online Instruction Session

If you're interested in using the CSUDH Archives and Special Collections you can also request instruction directly from an archivist using this online form.

New for Spring 2021

We've been hard at work creating additional instructional materials this past semester. Some of our exciting new materials include:

Tips

As we navigate this unusual semester together here are some final tips for making the most of our instructional resources.

DO - Consult with a librarian and let us support you! Contact your academic college liaison or submit a request form to get started.

DON’T - Assign students multiple tutorials and videos from a list; this can decontextualize the research process and duplicate what students are being assigned in other courses. We’d be happy to customize materials for your learning outcomes or suggest an activity relevant to your discipline and course.

DO - Refer students to our DIY materials for support including our research guides, FAQs, and instant message chat.

DON’T - Require students to make an appointment with a librarian as a matter of course. There are 10 of us and 14,000+ students. Plus, we find students are most engaged in research appointments when they are in the driver’s seat. Don’t worry, students can quickly connect with a librarian 24/7 through chat.

DO - Plan ahead! Well-designed asynchronous materials take time to create and we want to make sure we provide the best learning experience as possible for students. Help us by planning ahead and requesting information literacy instruction early. We ask for at least two weeks notice.


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