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Faculty Support: Course Support

Library resources for VWU faculty to support teaching and research.

Request Research Instruction for a Class

Faculty are encouraged to contact a librarian prior to giving a research assignment to a class.

Librarians will help to:

  • identify useful resources,
  • relay information to all library staff to ensure that students can find assistance easily,
  • plan a library instruction session (if requested),
  • identify materials to place on reserve, and
  • find useful and appropriate print and electronic resources for the assignment. 

Librarians will provide instruction covering general library use and/or library research for a specific subject area, course, or assignment.  Day or evening classes can be scheduled.

    Contact a research librarian to schedule a class or submit an online library instruction request form.

      Prepare Your Students for Library Instruction

      The following provisions can help us create an engaging learning atmosphere and conduct relevant library instruction:

      • Provide students with their assignment before the library instruction session.  Library sessions are most effective after students have chosen research topics and when they have an immediate and concrete need for the information literacy skills we teach.

      • Provide us with students' paper topics in advance of the library session so that they can be used as examples during the instruction session.

      • Provide us instructions about the types of resources needed to complete the assignment.  For example: books, popular articles and/or peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, etc.

      • Your presence is requested so that you are aware of the sources we've shown and the issues we've discussed and will also be able to answer questions about the assignment.  Your presence also indicates to students that the library session is an integral part of the course and demonstrates the importance of faculty-librarian collegiality to your students.