Ladd Library — Instructional Services

Postulates for Library Instruction:

  • Research is a complex, non-linear, and recursive process.
  • Research skills, like writing skills, are developmental.
  • The need for critical evaluation of information sources is even more essential today as the number and ease of access of such sources increase.

Library involvement is especially important for:

  • First Year Seminars
  • Research Methods Courses
  • Junior/Senior Seminars
  • Independent Study
  • Theses, Regular and Honors

Our service offerings include:

  • Consulting in advance about resources for or approaches to the assignment(s) you’re considering. For some advice on designing assignments, you might want to look at sites from Dickinson College, the University of Washington or Gustavus Adolphus College.
  • Preparing a course-specific research guide.
  • Meeting with groups or individual students by appointment to work on their projects.
  • Tailoring session(s) around your course-specific needs.

For a Library instructional session, we:

  • Need at least a week’s lead time.
  • Appreciate your attending with your class.
  • Know that timing is critical and needs to be contextual.
  • Emphasize actively involving students in learning.

Contact your librarian

Find the contact information for our librarians by specialization.