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Research Skills Instruction

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. Instruction is 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 services. While we'll do our best to accommodate your request, please know that we may have to suggest alternative dates/times.

Depending on the needs of your class, we will tailor a library assignment guide for your students to use asynchronously. These guides will have the appropriate online learning materials (videos, quizzes, databases, et cetera) gathered in one place. We have created videos and tutorials to demonstrate various skills, including navigating the Library's website, searching for books and articles in the catalogue and various databases, building search strings for library research, and evaluating and citing resources.

Library assignments are based on the research and citation skills your students need to complete your class assignment(s) and are tailored to class research topics. Assignments can be:  

  • done on paper and handed in to the library to be marked OR 
  • completed digitally and emailed directly to the library for marking. 

The 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. 

We will contact you with further details if you request a marked assignment and a librarian can be assigned to be embedded in a specific Blackboard discussion board to answer any questions students may have.  

Marks will be sent out via email approximately two weeks following the class. Please contact Nicole Sevigny or Cora Fanucchi if you have any questions about this timeline.

Library sessions can be taught in person in one of our library classrooms or online via your class platform (Collaborate or Zoom).  

If the session will be online, the instructor is responsible for sending a link to the librarian in time for the session; the librarian should be added as a Presenter or a Moderator. 

Before your scheduled library session, you will be sent the link for your class’ assignment guide and if you requested a marked library assignment you will receive:  

  • a PDF copy of your class’ library assignment 
  • a Word copy of your class’ library assignment answer sheet that students will submit directly to the library. 
  • an email asking for permission to embed a librarian within your Blackboard course to answer any assignment questions. 


Alicia Arding, Information Literacy & Educational Technology Librarian
Discuss the content of your library research skills session and/or to arrange for the creation of specialized assignments or presentations.

Nicole Sevigny, Research Skills Instruction
Request an online learning assignment guide for your students or fill out the form below.


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The first class of the day starts at 8:30 and the last class starts at 18:30.

Please give the course number and section number e.g. ENGL1150-003
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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.