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Faculty Guide for Library Services

Teaching Support

Invite a Subject librarian to your class for a hands-on workshop. Improve your students' research skills and make them confident, information-literate researchers.

We teach:

  • How to identify useful information with advanced search strategies and techniques
  • How to find and access specialized materials such as primary sources and government publications
  • How to evaluate information
  • How to improve the research flow process with citation tools RefWorks & Zotero
  • How to use specialized software for projects, such as Omeka, Wordpress, Google Maps, ArcGIS, etc.

  View below the Menu of Instructional Services for a list of options or go to the website and use the 'Build a class' tool.

We create:

  Library Guides

  Ask for an online LibGuide for your course and embed it on Canvas. The guides can help your students in various ways:

  • As a reference point where they can find all the information sources needed for their course
  • As an educational tool to learn new research skills
  • As a refresher to what has been taught in a library session in your class

  Other Instruction Materials

  We can help boost your student's research skills with:

  • Videos
  • Handouts
  • Tutorials

Menu of Instructional Services

Level Subject Learning Outcomes

Library Introduction

(5 min.)

Identify your Personal Librarian.

Know  GU-Q library's services.

Develop a Research Question

(10 min.)

Formulate a focused, clear, relevant research question.

Background Knowledge

(15 min.)

Search the Credo database.

Use the Mind Map feature to create meaningful connections between concepts.

Basic HoyaSearch

(15 min.)

Search for books and articles.

Find and access materials online.

Locate physical items with a call number.

Citing Properly

(20 min.)

Know where to get citing help.

Read citations.

Find machine generated citations and correct mistakes, if any.

Understand what copyright is, why it is important, and when it is applicable (ex. public domain vs. common knowledge).

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

(30 min.)

Define what is a primary source.

Use the library and the internet to locate primary sources.

Distinguish between primary and secondary sources.

Literature Review

(30 min.)

Evaluate scope of research question

Use HoyaSearch & other tools to find materials

Use other techniques to discover materials: reference sources, forward/ backward citation search, browsing

Evaluate sources for authority and relevance

Understand the value of a citation tool for carrying out a literature review


Expert HoyaSearch

(30 min.)

Break down a research question and extract concepts.

Find related keywords.

Combine search terms.

Search HoyaSearch for a variety of content (e- Books, peer-reviewed articles, etc.).

Locate and download the full text.

Apply subject terms.

Copy citations from HoyaSearch records.

Evaluate Information Sources

(20 min.)

Evaluate information sources for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose.

Distinguish between scholarly and popular sources.

Searching for News

(30 min.)

Locate newspaper and magazine articles using HoyaSearch.

Search specialized databases for newspaper and magazine content.

Set up alerts and feeds on topics of interest.

Subject Database Search

(30 min.)

Identify database type based on information need (dataset, image, peer-reviewed Journals, etc).

Use advanced search features and techniques.

Set email alerts for selected journals.

Explore and take advantage of other specialized features.


Expert Google Scholar Search

(20 min.)

Use the Google Scholar advanced search feature.

Apply forward and backward citation search.

Set connection to the home library.

Refine search results.

Use a citation tool: RefWorks or Zotero

(45 min.)

Add/ grab/ export references from HoyaSearch, Google Scholar or other websites.

Organize references by folders.

Use Cite-While-You-Write integrations.

Create a bibliography.

Share references.

Multimedia and Copyright Guidelines

(30 min.)

Navigate specialized library databases for multimedia content.

Navigate and evaluate an assortment of open access multimedia databases for multimedia content.

Understand the unique aspects of copyright and multimedia content.

Data and Dataset Searching

(30 min.)

Use specialized library databases to find datasets according to information need.

Find, evaluate, and use openly accessible datasets.

Explore data visualization options.


Other Options

You can always contact your Subject librarian to customize any of the above instruction options to better tailor it to your course needs.