Instructional Services

Instructional Services

The Reference Department offers a variety of courses to students, faculty, and staff on library resources and research strategies. Instructional sessions range from a general introduction to library resources and basic research skills, course-specific database searching and research skills, to one-on-one instruction.To improve the skills needed to be a successful student, researchers, and life long learner, we strongly encourage students and the Coe community to attend one or more of our services.


Library sessions for beginning and lower level classes:
Introduction to library resources and databases includes:

  • Class tailored to your specific class or subject area
  • Introduction to the library (where things are)
  • Popular magazines vs. scholarly journals
  • Evaluating content
  • Basic searching skills and strategies
  • Introduction to databases (emphasis on databases relevant to course subject area)
  • Handouts relating to material covered

Library sessions for upper level classes:
Upper level classes may include some or all of the following depending on the course and assignment

  • Overview of basic searching skills
  • Examine course specific databases and library material
  • Provide research strategies on given topic or subject area
  • Website evaluation
  • Hands-on database searching
  • Handouts relating to course and assignment

Faculty, Students, Staff

Additional Classes:

  • Integrated searching
  • Ref Works (create bibliographies & manage your citations)
  • ArtStor
  • Multi-Media
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Evaluating web sites
  • Working with primary documents
  • Copyright issues
  • Plagiarism

To schedule a class, individual session, or would like more information please contact Elizabeth Hoover de Galvez, Head of Reference (x8017) or email (