Course related instruction

Course Related Instruction
What is it?

This is a highly popular form of library instruction,which provides students with a fundamental skill set that is readily adaptable to the demands of an assignment. During a class period, students are taught how to search a set of relevant databases (e.g., Proquest), narrow search results, and find articles or books in the Foley Library.

Course Related Instruction
Why is it important?

Course related instruction provides a direct link between students and the information sources they need.

Course related instruction teaches students how to not only "look it up" in a print source, but how to successfully access and evaluate information regardless of format. Students who take library instruction understand the difficulty of the research process and are better directed and more organized than their peers. Professors may often note a difference between papers submitted by students who have foundational knowledge of the library and those who do not. Library instruction builds an awareness of the scope and availability of information sources that can lead the student down new avenues of understanding and enrichment.

By providing students with a useful toolbox of skills, they can better detect falsehood, manipulation, and hyperbole. Library instruction can help students to become life-long learners, or more appropriately, skeptics of today's information overload.

Library instruction is usually provided in a face-to-face class format that emphasizes active learning models. Students are provided time in which to develop their own searching skills and are taught how to successfully evaluate information.