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Fayette Instructor Guide

Everything you need to know about the Library and how to use it.

Library Instruction Options

One-Shot Library Instruction

Whether in person or via Zoom, in your classroom or in the Library, a librarian can instruct your students on undergraduate research, information literacy, and how to use all that University Libraries has to offer.

Instruction can be as in depth or as brief as needed for your class, and can include lectures, demonstrations, student activities, and handouts for your students. We've even created an Intro to the Library Family Feud game, ready for a test-run! A brief consultation with Emma (Library) or Amanda (Coal & Coke Heritage Center) is the first step in determining how the Library and CCHC can best support you and your students.

Some topics of instruction could include:
  • navigating the catalog, Subject Guides, How To Guides, and other library resources
  • how to get started in research
  • evaluating resources
  • locating and searching within the most appropriate databases
  • bibliographies, citation styles, and citation managers
  • primary and secondary sources (Coal & Coke)

Workshops in a Box

The University Libraries have created Workshops in a Box that campus librarians can deliver at their individual locations. These Undergraduate Research workshops are meant to introduce students to entry-level research fundamentals so that their faculty mentors can explore the breadth of discipline-specific elements within research. While we plan to run workshops throughout the academic year, faculty and staff can also request a workshop or similar content for a small group of students.

Workshops in a Box titles include:

  • Getting Started with Research
  • Joining the Scholarly Conversation
  • Designing and Creating a Research Poster
  • Presenting a Research Poster
  • Citation Management
  • Information Privilege

Students also have the opportunity to attend a variety of undergraduate research workshops through Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring.

A list of upcoming undergraduate research workshops

Credo Information Literacy Modules

Credo Information Literacy modules are online tutorials to help students learn foundation information literacy skills. Credo provides a supplemental way for student to asynchronously complete foundational lessons on a wide range of topics such as getting started with research, finding credible sources and recognizing bias, or understanding citations.

To learn more about these Literacy Modules and how to integrate them into your class, visit the Credo Information Literacy Modules page.

Getting Started with Research Module

Getting Started with Research is a location-agnostic module that addresses the following learning objectives:

  1. Students will be able to identify keywords in order to chart a research path that will lead to a deeper understanding of a topic.
  2. Students will be able to refine search results using built-in database features and/or search term refinement in order to locate resources that meet their specific information needs.

Students are directed to complete a research log as they progress through the module, providing them with an artifact they can use as they work on research, and that they can share with their instructors as proof of completion (the log is automatically emailed to the student upon completion).

Tour the Getting Started with Research Module

Access the Getting Started with Research Module for your classroom

LibGuides for Your Class


Beyond instruction, we understand that it's important to keep information centralized for our students. Your Library, after a consultation with the instructor, can create a LibGuide for your class, a central hub of library and research information that can easily be updated each year, archived when not needed, and embedded in your Canvas courses.

Below are some examples of what we can do.