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Faculty Toolkit

Resources for faculty on information literacy, library instruction and other library services.

Course-Integrated Instruction Sessions

You can select several options to tailor your library session to your course.  Don't see what you want listed? Contact Michael Saar ( we will create a session just for your class!

Introductory Skills

  • Library Orientation
  • Organizational Skills for College Success

Research Basics

  • Understanding the Research Process 
  • Selecting and Developing Research Topics
  • Understanding the Life Cycle of Information

Searching for Information

  • Searching Cardinal OneSearch for Articles
  • Searching the Library Catalog (Books and Videos)
  • Searching Discipline Specific Databases
  • Web Search Tips
  • Searching for Information in Non-Traditional Formats
  • Tracking Research on a Topic

Evaluating Information

  • Identifying and Interpreting Scholarly Research
  • Evaluating Online Information
  • Evaluating Authority in Different Formats
  • Differentiating Between Fact and Fiction
  • Citation Analysis

Using Information Ethically

  • Managing Citations (Refworks and Database Tools)
  • Intellectual Property and Copyright Basics
  • Using Information Ethically in a Presentation

Sessions can be held in the Gray Library 708A Computer Lab, the 702 lecture hall or your own classroom.

"Embedded" Librarian

Is your class working on a research paper or project requiring library research? Are you using Blackboard with your course? Why not add a librarian to your class?

We can help your students with their questions, reduce the library research related questions that you are asked, post helpful guides and information to your course site, and even hold chat hours.

Additionally, An embedded librarian can be utilized to create course specific tutorials, videos or library instruction or respond to research related questions via discussion or email.  The embedded librarians will typically contact you to discuss how you envision their role in the course.

To request a librarian's username credentials and instructions on adding them to your course contact Michael Saar at 880-2135 or via email (

Research Help

 One-on-one Consultation (by appointment)
Reference librarians can help individual students with all aspects of the research process, including finding information and citing sources. Have students contact the library 880-7264
 to schedule a personalized research consultation. Students may also contact the librarian who conducted their instruction session for assistance.

Online Research Guides

We have created a number of subject-specific, class-specific, and miscellaneous topic guides that can be found here. Contact us with suggestions for new guides to fit your needs. 

'Ask a Librarian' Chat Service 
Reference librarians are available during library operating hours to assist students via IM. The connection to the chat service is located on the library home page and on the Ask a Librarian section of the home page.