Writing and Speaking Instruction

The NCSU Libraries can provide research assistance to your classes, either in D.H. Hill or in your own classroom. We offer a selection of instruction plans to meet your needs (each session is scheduled to be 50 minutes unless otherwise noted.)


Introduction to Library Research 

The library offers three unique instruction sessions that provide students with hands-on preparation for college-level research assignments. 

  • In this session, students will learn:

    • How to select a good topic.
    • How to scope a topic so it is easier to research.
    • How to select keywords to begin searching for articles in Summon.

    Prerequisites: Students' assignments should include a topic selection component. Ideally, students should have a prospective topic in mind at the session, but this is not required.

  • In this session, students will learn:
    • What a scholarly, peer-reviewed article is and how to identify one.
    • How to use Summon to find scholarly articles.
    • What other types of sources might be useful in their research.

    Prerequisites: Students should have an assignment which includes a requirement to use scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.

  • In this session, students will learn:

    • How to identify the best kind of source for your information needs.
    • How to find articles using Summon.
    • How to evaluate sources for credibility.

    Prerequisites: Students should be familiar with the concept of peer-review (e.g. from an earlier Library Instruction session from viewing Peer Review in 3 Minutes)

D.H. Hill Mobile Scavenger Hunt 

This is a fun and active way to introduce students to the library. By the end of the activity, students will find a book in the stacks, meet a librarian, and locate a journal. [Learn more about the Technical Details of the scavenger hunt.]

Advanced Topics

This session will help students explore disciplinary research sources and develop subject-specific research strategies. A subject specialist librarian will contact you to schedule and plan your session.

iMovie Hands-On Workshop (in library only)

In this 50 minute hands-on workshop, students will make a short video, add an audio track, use title slides and transitions, and export the video for sharing.

Library Resources for Digital Media Assignments (30 Minutes)

Students learn about NCSU Libraries' spaces and services that can help them with multimedia assignments, including audio/visual equipment in the technology lending program, available software, and reservable spaces at the libraries. Students should be aware of their assignment before this session.

Note: This session does not include hands-on software training.

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