Library Instruction Services

Library instruction facilitates students’ engagement in creative and critical thinking about research and information resources.

Request Library Instruction

Librarians provide instruction for on campus, hybrid, and online courses, engaging students in active learning whenever possible. Contact the subject librarian for your department to request instruction and discuss your instructional goals, or use the form to request instruction.

Integrate Research Skills into Your Course

What research skills will students need in order to be successful in your course? Your librarian will review course assignments to identify and incorporate scaffolded research and critical thinking skills into your class.
“I’ve never taken a research class before, nor had I written a research article. Now I can figure out exactly how to research, and what tools are available to me.”

Designing Research Assignments

Effective research assignments help your students to develop an appropriate topic, think critically about information resources, and responsibly utilize resources. Your subject librarian can partner with you to:
  • Think through an assignment from a research skills perspective
  • Verify if resources needed to complete the assignment are available through the Library
  • Arrange research support for your students (e.g., in-class session, and online course guides)

Support for Online Instruction

Librarians work closely with instructors and OAI in the development of online programs and courses to support the development of research skills and critical thinking of our online students.

Guides & Tutorials for Instructional Support

Online guides and tutorials support students in discovering discipline-related resources, and learn research skills and concepts. Librarians often work with instructors to build guides and tutorials tailored to specific courses, which can be linked directly to D2L. Additionally, librarians create instructional videos for instructors to utilize in the classroom or online.
“I…relearned how to maintain an educated awareness on the validity of online resources and the importance of the context in which you cite certain web sources.”

Library Learning Outcomes and Information Literacy Framework

Portland State Librarians develop instruction based on our Library Learning Outcomes and the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.