Instruction Support Services

Library Instruction Sessions

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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

Choose one of the following hands-on instruction sessions.

  • Selecting and Refining Your Topic

    Students will learn:

    • how to select a good topic
    • how to scope it so it's easier to research
    • how to derive keywords from their topic and begin searching

  • Understanding Scholarly (and Non-Scholarly) Sources

    Students will learn:

    • what a scholarly, peer-reviewed article is
    • what other types of source might be useful in their research
    • how to discover the best type of source for their research need

  • Finding and Evaluating Information

    Students will learn:

    • how to indentify the best kind of source for their information needs
    • how to find books using the Libraries' catalog
    • how to find articles using Summon
    • how to evaluate sources for credibility

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.

D. H. Hill Mobile Scavenger Hunt (at D. H. Hill only)

The D.H. Hill Mobile Scavenger Hunt is a fun and active way to introduce students to the sometimes overwhelming library. Students will be grouped into teams; each team is given an iPod touch and 25 minutes to navigate the Libraries' physical and virtual spaces in order to answer questions about the resources and services critical to their academic success. By the end of the activity, students should have successfully located a book in the stacks, introduced themselves to a reference librarian, and used the Libraries' website to locate a journal.

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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)

Librarians will give students an overview of the NCSU Libraries' spaces, resources and services that can support multimedia assignments. Students will learn what audio visual equipment is available through the Technology Lending Program and what equipment and software are in specialized media spaces at D. H. Hill and Hunt Libraries. They will also learn about sources of online media content and how to ethically use and cite found media content. Students will also learn about self-guided software tutorials available through the library, and how to schedule an appointment with trained technology experts if they want in-person help with getting started on their multimedia assignment.

Students should have been given the digital media assignment and tentatively identified their topic.

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


Librarian Contact Information

  • Anne Burke, Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach Librarian
  • (919) 513-7426