Library Instruction Sessions

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Library instruction sessions help students strengthen their research skills by introducing them to library services and collections, and demonstrating the library’s Discovery Search and online databases. Students who attend these sessions are usually better prepared to complete their research assignments.

The Library offers general and customized instruction sessions, either online or face-to-face at any of our campus locations.

General Instruction
Introduces the student to what the library has to offer. Special attention is paid to utilizing Discovery Search and the library’s website to access library services and resources. Some basic research strategies may be introduced, but are not covered in depth.

Customized Instruction
Library staff will customize the instruction based on your course objectives and your specific research assignment. Some concepts that can be included, for example, are how to use effective search strategies, evaluate sources, and avoid plagiarism.

Online Instruction
Library staff are available to offer general and customized instruction sessions to online classes, including Distance Learning and Dual Credit classes. These sessions are conducted through Blackboard Collaborate, and are recorded and shared with the class afterwards.

If you are interested in scheduling a library instruction session for your class, please make your request at least 3 days in advance to ensure the necessary staff, classroom, and technology are available.

Here is the Library Instruction Request Form.

Or feel free to contact us by phone:

Mid-Valley: 447-6663
Nursing & Allied Health: 872-3121
Pecan: 872-3442 or 872-8331
Starr County: 488-5820
Technology: 872-6120

The library also offers a series of online tutorials and support for both face-to-face and online classes.