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First-Year Seminar Instruction Sessions
This 40-minute library orientation is intended for all first-year seminar classes. These sessions are broadcast to your classroom via Black Board Collaborate Ultra. These sessions follow a set curriculum designed in concert with the Director of First-Year Seminars and are intended to introduce students to the library’s services:
- Building resources, such as, study rooms, computer labs, course reserves, anatomy models, locations, and hours.
- Research resources, such as, SuperSearch, the book catalog, and research guides.
- Help resources, such as the library’s 24/7 chat, walk-in research help, research appointments, and our FAQ list.
All of these sessions are pre-scheduled and you can register here. If a session is not listed for your class please contact the KSU Library System Instruction Coordinator, Christina Holm at email@example.com or at 470-578-6197.
30-minute Subject-Specific Introduction to Library Services Sessions
This 30-minute session is intended for lower-division non-general education classes and will introduce students to the library’s services from a subject-specific perspective. These sessions can be held in your classroom or at the library. Examples of services covered:
- Building resources, such as anatomy models and specific computer programs.
- Research resources, such as subject-specific databases, research guides, special format collections (i.e. bound theses).
- Help resources, such as the Undergraduate Faculty Liaison Program and research appointments.
It is important to note that students will not learn how to use databases in this session. If you would like your students to learn how to use specific databases please schedule a 60-minute session (described below).
60-minute Introduction to Research Sessions
This 60-minute session is intended for general education classes, such as ENGL 1101/1102,
where students are working on a research-based assignment. These sessions can be held
in your classroom or at the library. It is advised that the classroom have computers
so that students can get hands-on
practice in-class (the library has such a classroom available, G-12). A typical session will focus on one to three of the following learning objectives where students will:
- Develop topics that are sufficiently focused for assignment length.
- Analyze topics to identify keywords and synonyms.
- Formulate search strategies that transform topics from common language into database-appropriate language.
- Execute database searches using built-in search filters and tools to narrow search results.
- Locate books, periodical articles, and other resources as appropriate to the assignment.
- Identify examples of source types, such as encyclopedias, research starters, monographs, journals, etc.
- Differentiate between popular, academic, and scholarly sources.
- Identify that help from a reference librarian is available through a variety of methods.
60-minute Subject or Resource Specific Sessions
This 60-minute session is intended for upper-division classes where students are working on a research-based assignment. These sessions can be held in your classroom or at the library. It is advised that the classroom have computers so that students can get hands-on practice in-class (the library has such a classroom available, G-12). A librarian will contact you to develop the curriculum for this class. Typical sessions focus on teaching students how to:
- Develop topics appropriate to a specific discipline.
- Use subject-specific databases.
- Evaluate resources from a subject-specific perspective.
- Identify research methods resources.
- Use citation management software.
In addition to the above, these sessions may also address discipline specific issues such as copyright and fair use.
For more information please contact the KSU Library System Instruction Coordinator, Christina Holm, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 470-578-6197.
To check the status of your request please use this Instruction Calendar and navigate to the appropriate day.