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Select one or more of the options. Any instruction session (except library tours or librarian pop-ins) can be made into a hybrid, zoom, or asynchronous session. Please select that option on the library instruction form. We can also come to your classroom or accommodate a night class. 

´╗┐Once you have made your selections, fill out this library instruction form. A librarian will be in contact within one to two business days. Do you have another idea for your instruction session? Fill out the library instruction form and email librarian Marissa Krein at 

Developing a search strategy and searching general and/or specialized databases (45-50 minutes)

  • Differences between Google and library databases
  • Refining a research topic
  • Identifying keywords, synonyms, and subject headings
  • Using professor's databases of choice to find articles
  • Combining search terms
  • Revising search strategies, using limiters
  • Evaluating preliminary results
  • Saving, printing, emailing, and citing results
  • Optional: Can include a short introduction to finding books & videos and reliable websites

Evaluating websites (15-20 minutes)

  • Learn characteristics of a reliable website
  • Locating credible websites
  • SIFT: Evaluating Online Sources Group Activity
  • Includes finding statistics on government websites

Finding books & videos (15-20 minutes)

  • Searching the online catalog by topic, author or title with basic and advanced search options
  • Accessing, saving, and printing eBooks
  • Requesting books through ILL & MOBIUS
  • SIFT: Evaluating Books Group Activity

Citation Exploration (15-20 minutes)

  • Introduction to the Learning Commons' home page
  • Introduction to the Tutoring Services & Library's citation guides 
  • In-depth look at the citation style of your choice with customizable activity

Tour Learning Common (10-15 minutes)

  • Familiarize students with building and services
  • Help students understand that library staff is available for research help
  • Optional: a quick introduction to Tutoring Services by Tutoring staff  

Five minute librarian drop in (5-10 minutes)

  • Introduction to your KCKCC librarian
  • Discuss how the Learning Commons can support students' work 
  • Briefly describe library services and resources

Library Instruction Menu based upon Hawkeye Community College's Library Instruction Menu