Stewart Memorial Library

Library Instruction 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, to course-specific database searching and research skills, to one-on-one instruction. To improve information literacy skills needed to be a successful student, researcher and life-long learner, we strongly encourage students and the Coe community to consider attending one or more of our sessions.


Library sessions for beginning and lower level classes:

Introduction to library resources and databases includes:

  • Sessions 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 assignment specific resources 
  • 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)
  • Multi-Media
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Evaluating web sites
  • Working with primary documents
  • Copyright issues
  • Plagiarism

To schedule an instructional session, please fill out this form:

If you have any questions please contact Laura Riskedahl, Director of Library Services at (x8024) or email (