Instruction Services

Instruction Services

Librarians teach Information Literacy skills to the UCR community through...

Course-Related Instruction

The Library offers instruction sessions tailored to meet the needs of students in their research assignments. These classes are primarily taught in our instruction room and give students hands-on experience with library resources. We can also provide somewhat limited instruction from lecture halls and department offices. We teach undergraduate and graduate students on such topics as:

  • SCOTTY (the UCR Library Catalog)
  • Melvyl (the UC Catalog)
  • Course-related electronic indexes and databases.
  • How to develop search strategies
  • Evaluating resources (articles/internet sites) - i.e. scholarly vs. popular

We also create handouts or web pages for course-related instruction sessions (samples)

Library Workshops

Each quarter the Libraries offer 1-hour workshops on various library resources and services for faculty, graduate students, as well as undergraduates. These focus on introducing new library resources as well as orienting new students to the Libraries. Past workshops topics have included:

  • Discover Rivera Library
  • EndNote
  • ERIC
  • Journal Citation Reports
  • Mergent
  • MLA
  • What is Google Scholar?
  • Zoological Record

These are just a few examples of what we offer.

You can sign-up in advance for these workshops to reserve a spot, or feel free to just drop in.

Discover the exciting new resources the Library has to offer. Sign-up today for a Library workshop!

Online Tutorials

UCR librarians have developed two online interactive tutorials to teach basic information seeking skills to beginning researchers. The MAGiciantutorial is general in nature and oriented to new students in the social sciences and humanities.

Reference by Appointment - Individual Instruction

UCR students, faculty and staff can make appointments for one-on-one consultation with a reference librarian. This can be for the purpose of dissertation support, a research project, or just to learn a new electronic database. Request an appointment in-person, by phone, via email, or online:

Reference by Appointment Request Form

(951) 827-4392

Additional Instructional Support

  • Research Help:
    Various handouts describing library services are available at each library and on the Library web site. For example, Connect from Off-Campus describes how to access library resources from your home. There are also search guides for SCOTTY, the MELVYL Catalog, and many of the periodical indexes.
  • iLearn/Blackboard:
    Start incorporating Library Research Skills into your iLearn course today!

  • Reserves:
    Faculty can make course readings available to their students by placing material on Reserve at any campus library.
Last modified: 12/13/2010 1:16 PM by D. Morita

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