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Library and Research Instruction

College of San Mateo librarians teach 50 or 65 minute instruction sessions introducing research concepts and skills. In addition to general knowledge about research, many disciplines require students to acquire specialized research skills. Librarians collaborate with the faculty member to craft a session that will help students meet the course or assignment research related learning outcomes, objectives or needs. Instruction sessions can also be crafted to introduce students the library as an important resource in their academic endeavors at CSM and beyond. The ability to identify, analyze, and use information is fundamental to a successful career in higher education and in the workplace.

Faculty, Program Service Coordinators and campus leaders may request an instruction session during open hours and by special arrangement for evening classes.

Examples of library instruction sessions topics:

  • Research strategies and techniques to find books, ebooks and online resources using the online library catalogs
  • Research strategies and techniques for searching research or periodical databases
  • Finding Authoritative Internet Resources
  • Evaluation of sources for academic and personal information needs
  • Citation Formats and Plagiarism
  • Information Competency Requirement
  • Organization of the College of San Mateo Library

How to use this form

  • Find your preferred dates.
  • Time slots are in 10 minutes increments. Minimum session time is 50 minutes. 
  • Choose the time slots that most closely match your class period or instruction session start time. Adjust the end time by using the pulldown menu that appears.
  • Leave additional scheduling details, if necessary, in the Comments box on the form.
  • You can schedule for different dates simultaneously.
  • Need to schedule for an evening class? Pick the last time slot on the day AND leave additional instructions/comments in the Comment box.
Note: Booking approval is mediated for all locations and subject to librarian availability.




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