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Wilmington College Library Instruction

Library Instruction is a vital part of the higher education research process, especially in this digital information age.  All library instruction is provided upon request to any faculty member (full time or adjunct).  The following provides guidelines and descriptions of typical instruction needs, online resources, and the instruction options we currently offer.  

Tier 1: On Demand Video Instruction Library:

Beginning in 2022, the Watson Library will curate a collection of online video tutorials.  Videos in this online library will include instruction on how to use the library website, how to use our library catalog, and instruction on other popular database products.  These videos will be available for reference any time, day, or night for all Wilmington College students.

Through this collection of online videos, we will also create on-demand content for specific subjects to meet your classroom needs.  Please contact us via the "Ask Us" button on the left for specific requests and additional information.

Tier 2: Introduction to Library Resources:

We are always available to either visit a class, host an instruction session, or to provide a tour of the Watson Library.  These sessions provide general overview information about the library and our services.

Tier 2 Examples Include:        

  • Introduction to library resources (includes a website overview and instruction on how to use the catalog along with basic database searching)
  • Library Tour
  • Library worksheet homework assignment (tied to the EN101 online subject guide) walking students through catalog and database searching, topic selection, citing, and plagiarism.

EN101 classes include:

      •  Two in-person library sessions:
  1. Introduction to information literacy, the library, and a library tour.
  2. Introduction to the library catalog, database searching, and free time for research with a librarian available for support.
      • Library worksheet homework assignment:
        • Assigned between first and second visits; using the EN101 online subject guide and walking students through use of the catalog, database searching, topic selection, citing, and plagiarism.

Tier 3: Introduction to library resources based on a specific research assignment:  

  • Introduction to library resources with focus on databases and other resources, and search terms useful for the assignment.
  • Class session in the Watson Library with a librarian available for reference help (or flipped format: librarian in the classroom for a class period for reference help.)
  • Individual reference session meetings for all students in a class.
  • Use of library space for a specific class period.

Tier 3 Examples Include:

  • Topic specific instruction in areas such as:
    • fake news and bias
    • primary vs secondary source usage
    • copyright and creative commons licensing

To request library instruction:

  • Submit your request for instruction at least one (1) week in advance of the chosen date of the session to give Library staff adequate time to prepare.
  • Supply alternate dates in request form in case of scheduling conflicts.
  • The requesting faculty member should plan to attend the library instruction session.
  • For tier 3 sessions: Include a copy of the class syllabus or assignment instructions.

Appointments can be scheduled by contacting us via the "Ask Us" button on the left, or through the Schedule a Librarian link.

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