Develop Instruction

Are your students able to:

  • Articulate a research question and identify the types of information needed to investigate it?
  • Locate scholarly sources of information instead of relying solely on Google results?
  • Evaluate the information they find, whatever its source?
  • Properly cite and attribute the information they use?

Librarians are ready to help by:

  • Providing library research instruction tailored to your course topic and goals.
  • Creating resource Web pages customized for your course content.
  • Collaborating with you to develop information-rich assignments.
  • Teaching students about plagiarism and information ethics.
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To discuss how best to integrate information literacy into your course; schedule a library class session; or talk about issues, solutions, and ideas related to student research skills please contact your subject specialist librarian or campus instruction coordinator.

What might library instruction sessions cover?

A basic library class may include:

  • Overview of the Rutgers libraries system
  • Getting a library barcode and pin number
  • Course Reserves and Borrowing policies
  • Getting books and materials from libraries within and outside Rutgers
  • Searching the Library Catalog
  • Choosing a database and searching Indexes and Databases to find articles
  • Using electronic resources
  • Evaluating information sources

A more advanced library class may include:

  • Focusing a topic of research
  • Using advanced search techniques to find materials on a topic in the library catalog, Indexes and databases, electronic resources and Websites.
  • Navigating subject-specific information or publications
  • Attributing and citing information, academic integrity, and plagiarism
  • Evaluating information sources

Library class guides, tutorials, handy materials

Information Literacy Competencies at Rutgers [PDF]