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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 library instruction that is subject/discipline specific or assignment specific is provided by departmental library liaisons.

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:

  1. 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), returning 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).

  2. 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: An 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).

  3. Current/Controversial Topics
    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 week.

    Recommended for: Students enrolled in ENGL 1101 (English Composition 1), ENGL 2050 (Self-Staging: Oral Communication in Daily Life), and COMM 1110 (Public Speaking).

  4. Literary Research
    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.

Registration
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).

Online Tutorial
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 library liaison. A copy of the class syllabus must be forwarded to the instructing librarian. Faculty requesting library instruction sessions should indicate to the 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 be 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 to complete an evaluation form at the end of the session.

High school groups are welcomed for library tours during the breaks. 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 cgoodson@westga.edu, (678)839-6507.


Rev.8/15/2007

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Last Modified: 15 August 2007