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Research Skills Instruction

  • Research Skills: Library sessions teach research skills and, depending on the needs of your class, they may cover the library cataloguearticle databasessubject specific resources, and the Web. We stress critical evaluation of all information sources.
  • Library Sessions: With learning online for Summer 2020 at Douglas College, the librarians are working hard to create online learning materials for your students.

    We will be creating videos, tutorials, and other resources that can be used by your students asynchronously. Depending on the needs of your class, we can tailor an assignment guide with the appropriate online learning materials gathered in one place. Some of the videos and tutorials we will be creating will cover searching for ebooks in the Library's catalogue, navigating the Library's website, searching for articles in databases, building search strings for library research, and citing and evaluating resources.

  • Assignments: We are also working on ways to continue offering marked library assignments and other assessments to your students as they work through library material. Library assignments are based on the research and citation skills your students need to complete your class assignment and are tailored to class research topics.

    Your class assignment or topic must be provided to the library at least two weeks prior to the date of the class if you wish to have a library assignment prepared. If you request a marked assignment while filling out the form below, we will contact you with further details. Note: marks will be sent out via email approximately two weeks following the class. If you have any questions about this timeline, please contact Nicole Sevigny or Cora Fanucchi


When to Schedule a Session

Instruction is available year-round but it's most beneficial for students if the class occurs after they've been introduced to their research assignment.

The Library asks for a minimum of two weeks notice for instruction booking requests. This notice period ensures we have the time to customize an assignment guide specific to the needs of your students and also allows us to coordinate coverage of other teaching and research service across both of our campuses. While we'll do our best to accommodate your request, please know that we may have to suggest alternative dates/times if you request a class with less than two weeks notice.

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Who to Contact

  • Talk to a Librarian:
    To discuss the content of your library research skills session and/or to arrange for the creation of specialized assignments or presentations, contact Shannon Moist, Information Literacy Librarian.
  • Request online learning materials:
    To request an online learning assignment guide for your students, please fill out the form below or contact Nicole Sevigny.


Please fill out this form...

Please give the course number and section number e.g. ENGL1150-003
Totals are used for statistical purposes

Please fill out the information below to help us prepare for your students’ session.

Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf pdf doc docx.
See the Evaluate Your Sources information at
Is there any other information you can share with us that will help us as we prepare to teach your class? e.g. learning outcomes you would like us to cover or a list of topics that your students will be researching.
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