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Informational guide about various instruction services offered by librarians at Pendergrass Library.

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Library Instruction team

Isabella Baxter

Title:  Agriculture Sciences and Natural Sciences Librarian


              Zoe Bastone

Title: Assistant Librarian for Outreach and Instruction

Topics Covered

Library tour: Guided tour of library website, services, and research guides; or physical library tour.

Search strategies: Overview of Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT), developing keywords.

Developing Research Topic: Brainstorming a topic, refining it.

OneSearch: Finding books, using call numbers, and accessing e-books.

Databases: Demos of introductory databases, e.g., Web of Science, Google Scholar.

Evaluating sources: What is a popular versus a scholarly source?

Specialized databases: Demos of specialized databases, e.g., CAB, PubMed. Learn about search terms and citation alerts.

Literature Reviews: What is one? How to do one?

Presentation hacks: Finding free images, designing posters, and delivering presentations. 

Scholar 101: Conversation about trends in scholarly publishing. How the library can assist you in sharing your research output.

Citations 101: Do's and don'ts of citations, plagiarism, and the scholarly conversation.

Citation Management: Citation management software can help you save, organize, and cite sources. *Zotero Bib is recommended for undergraduates.

Who is Library Instruction Designed For?

  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students
  • Research and writing intensive assignments
  • Courses covering research methods

Why have library instruction?

  • Introduce students to library services and resources
  • Inform students of research ethics, combating plagiarism
  • Strengthens students' research consultations
  • Develops student information literacy skills so that they can recognize when they need information, and are able to find, evaluate, use, and communicate information.