LIBRARY INSTRUCTION POLICY
To support the curricular and research needs of library users, the
librarians of Ingram Library offer numerous library/research instruction
classes throughout the semester. Basic library instruction classes
are 45 minute sessions that focus on a particular topic. Advanced
instruction that is subject/discipline
specific or assignment specific is provided by departmental
BASIC LIBRARY INSTRUCTION
Students enrolled in 1/2000 level courses, inexperienced researchers, and
those students needing refresher classes in basic research are strongly
encouraged to sign-up for the basic library instruction sessions. Each
class, approximately 45 minutes in length, covers one topic. A brief
description of each class is listed below:
An Introduction to Online Library Research
This session provides a basic
introduction to Ingram Library.s online research environment, highlighting the
electronic tools necessary for finding books, articles, and other materials. The
class also takes students through some of the initial stages of the research process,
from topic selection to search query development. Students will then learn how to
navigate the library's website, search the catalog, and access databases that are
appropriate to their research topics.
Recommended for: New UWG students (both undergraduate and graduate),
students who may not be familiar with some of our electronic resources, and students
enrolled in ENGL 1101 (English Composition 1), ENGL 2050 (Self-Staging: Oral
Communication in Daily Life), and COMM 1110 (Public Speaking).
Searching Online Databases
In "Searching Online Databases," students will learn how to access databases and find
materials that are appropriate to their research needs. Students will also learn a
variety of search strategies that are more advanced than those presented in "An
Introduction to Online Library Research." This class is designed for those who are
already familiar with the library's online environment but who want to learn more
about the databases available through Ingram Library and to hone their electronic
information seeking skills.
Recommended for: Students who have already taken "Online Library Research:
Introduction." This course may be particularly beneficial for new UWG students (both
undergraduate and graduate), returning students, and students enrolled in ENGL 1101
(English Composition 1), ENGL 2050 (Self-Staging: Oral Communication in Daily Life),
and COMM 1110 (Public Speaking).
This session introduces students to a variety of resources that are useful for
locating information on current issues and controversial topics. Resources covered
include news databases, such as LexisNexis and Newspaper Source (EBSCOhost);
multi-subject databases, such as Academic Search Premier and/or Proquest's Research
Library; and the CQ Researcher, which explores a single "hot" issue in the news each
Recommended for: Students enrolled in ENGL 1101 (English Composition 1), ENGL
(Self-Staging: Oral Communication in Daily Life), and COMM 1110 (Public Speaking).
This session focuses on databases that are useful in locating information on literary
topics. Resources covered include the Library Catalog, the MLA International
Bibliography, Literature Online Reference Edition, and Contemporary Authors.
Recommended for: Students enrolled in ENGL 1102 and ENGL 21XX courses.
To register for a session or sessions, go to Library
Instruction Sessions and select the month(s) in which you would like
to sign-up for a session, then complete and submit the registration
form online. You will receive an email confirming the session(s),
date(s), and time(s).
Ingram Library also has a Research
Tutorial for ENGL1101/COMM1110 and General Information Topics that
provides in-depth information on the entire research process for English
1101, Communication 1110, and general interest research topics.
ADVANCED LIBRARY INSTRUCTION
Upon faculty request, library instruction classes will be designed and taught for
3/4000 and graduate level course by librarians to discuss sources relevant to a
specific subject or a specific class assignment.
Appointments must be made at least two weeks in advance of
the requested instruction date with the requesting faculty member's
liaison. A copy of the class syllabus must be forwarded to the
instructing librarian. Faculty requesting library instruction
sessions should indicate to
librarian, at the time of the request, if there are students in the class
who have special disability needs. Students in wheelchairs attending a
library instruction session may use the staff elevator located in
Circulation to gain access to the classroom. Those students should arrive
prior to the beginning of the class period and use the door leading to
Technical Services for elevator access.
Library instruction classes are conducted in the Library Instruction
Classroom. This room is reserved for library instruction and can only
scheduled for use by a librarian.
Classes should meet the librarian at the appointed time in the lobby of
the Library. The instructing librarian will accompany the class to the
Library Instruction Room. The classroom instructor is expected to be
present during the library presentation. Students will be requested
complete an evaluation form at the end of the session.
High school groups are welcomed for library tours during the
Appointments should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and should
be made by the school media specialist. Requests for high school group
tours should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, (678)839-6507.