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Library Instruction

Library instruction by the University's librarian faculty helps students learn how to more efficiently and effectively use library resources in studying, conducting research, and in writing a paper.  

  • Library Instruction works best when it is presented in conjunction with a professor's specific assignment so that the librarian can focus the instruction on the research skills, concepts, and resources that students will put to use in their research and writing process. 
  • Lessons are flexible and can take up an entire class period or less, depending on the research needs and requests of the professor. 
  • Multiple sessions to cover extensive topics can also be arranged. 
  • Online materials can be developed to support the research needs of a class. These can include online research guides, videos, or interactive tutorials. 
  • Library instruction must be scheduled one week prior to the requested date for instruction. 
  • Please note that the classroom professor is expected to attend the session, as this reinforces the importance of the material to students.

Please fill out the form below to request a class. Your request will be forwarded to a library subject liaison for Library Instruction. All requests will be confirmed.


Upcoming Library Instruction Classes

Library Instruction Program

Goals of First Year Instruction Program

Library faculty meet with all sections of the following first year courses.

  • ULife
  • English 1201
  • English 1202

By the end of the first-year library instruction program, students will know that as SHU students they have the potential to become scholars in a variety of academic disciplines and that the library has resources and services to assist them in this pursuit. Students will also understand that participating in scholarship begins with practicing research as openminded and self-directed inquiry. Students will learn and practice research skills and concepts that will enable them to begin the research process.

Learning Outcomes of the First Year Instruction Program:

These sessions are based on the following Learning Outcomes but may vary slightly in content in order to support the research needs of each class. The skills taught in these classes are invaluable for students as they set the foundation for good research skills and a familiarity with the library that greatly benefits them in their coursework and overall experience at Seton Hall.

ULife Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate familiarity with the SHU library spaces, services, and resources by completing a mobile library scavenger hunt.
  • Students will be able to articulate why they will be conducting research as SHU students by discussing and writing a brief personal reflection on this topic.

1201 Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to identify the source requirements of their research project by locating or deducing this information from their 1201 assignment and/or syllabus.
  • Students will understand the difference between research topics and research questions by creating mind maps of their research topic.
  • Students will be able to use background information to start the research process by deriving and recording simple search terms from the background information content.
  • Students will be able to search both SHUSearch and one multidisciplinary database by searching them to locate, select, and record, at a minimum, one relevant source for their research project.

1202 Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to identify the source requirements of their literary research project by locating or deducing this information from their 1202 assignment and/or syllabus.
  • Students will be able to evaluate source types by selecting and recording at least two relevant and appropriate sources that fulfill the parameters of their assignment.
  • Students will understand the importance of persistence and variety in selecting research terminology by writing several simple Boolean search statements.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate familiarity with at least two literary academic databases by searching them to locate and record, at a minimum, two relevant sources for their research project.

Library Workshops

Workshops are open to all students, staff, and faculty. Selection varies by semester. In the 2019-2020 academic year we are offering various graduate research skills workshops, a Mindfulness for Research workshop, and Love Data Week, a wiki-edit-a-thon in partnership with the Walsh Gallery, Rutgers, and the Art+Feminism organization, and a week-long workshop series on various data management and visualization topics.

Library Instruction for Upper-Division Undergraduate and for Graduate Courses

Faculty are welcomed and encouraged to book library instruction classes for their undergraduate and graduate courses. Library faculty will collaborate with academic faculty to design lessons for specific course or assignment learning objectives. All efforts will be made to pair classes with the appropriate subject librarian. Classes can include time for individual, guided research practice.

We offer the following lessons in addition to custom class options. All classes can be tailored for Undergraduate or Graduate audiences. We can also conduct mini-lessons that occur over a partial class period.

Standard Class Options (full class period):

  • Introduction to Research
  • Advanced Research Methodologies in a Specific Academic Discipline
  • Defining and Preventing Plagiarism and Zotero Citation Management
  • Data Visualization and Management
  • Archives, Gallery, or Special Collections


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