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Library Instruction Calendar

Library Instruction Guidelines

If you are a member of the Merrimack College community (faculty, staff, and students are all welcome!) and wish to arrange for a class, use the Instruction Request Form below, email mcquade@merrimack.edu or call ext 5045.

An important note to faculty: Librarians can help students generate research topics and keywords, find and evaluate sources, and review citation basics. Research instruction is most effective when students are engaged in a learning partnership between librarians and their instructors. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that faculty collaborate with librarians on class content and attend the library session with their class. Also, instruction is most useful when coordinated with an assignment that requires library research so consider scheduling a class later in the semester rather than the first week of class.

Please provide the Instruction/Liaison Librarian Team with the following information: 1)The day and time you would like the instruction session, 2) where you would like the class to be held, 3) the name of the class and number of students, 4) how much class time we will have and an idea of what you would like us to cover, and 5) a copy of your syllabus and/or assignment.

Librarians and instructors will collaborate to identify which of the following areas to prioritize during the session:

  • Generating research topics and keywords
    In the early stages of their assignments, students can develop strategies for exploring their research topics with effective search terms.

  • Research question development
    Librarians can reinforce the attributes of a good research question and place it within the context of the research process.

  • Finding sources (ex. academic, popular, primary)
    Students will practice effective search methods in academic databases and learn how to access materials through McQuade Library

  • Evaluating sources
    Through activities and discussion, students will become familiar with complex concepts like bias, scholarly conversation, and appropriateness of different types of sources.

  • Citation basics
    Librarians can introduce students to citation management tools like Zotero, RefWorks, and citation generators within databases.

We do ask that you allow at least one week for us to prepare for your class. Classes are necessarily subject to the availability of library staff members.

Please let us know your information needs and how we might assist you in introducing your students to the research process. We want to ensure that your students have a positive library experience. Thank you for helping us to promote information literacy and library skills!

Library Instruction Request Form

Email:

Department:

Home Phone:

Course number:

Class Size:

Date and Time Requested:

Who Will Be Attending This Class?

Students Faculty Staff

Where Would You Like the Class to Be Held?

Alden Electronic Classroom (McQuade 3rd floor)

Your Classroom

Library 2nd Floor Reference Area

Other Campus Computer Lab

Instruction Requested (Check all that apply):
Library Orientation Tour

Instruction for a Specific Course Assignment (Send Copy to Librarian and Provide Details Below)

Subject-Specific Resource Training Database Name or Subject:

Internet Resources Subject:

Evaluating Web Resources

How to Cite Sources

Please Describe the Type of Library Research You Are Requiring of Students. What Do You Want Them to Learn from This Session?



Are There Any Other Subjects, Information Sources, or Research Techniques You Would Like to Have Emphasized?

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