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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 30 minutes. Choose the time slots that most closely match your class period.
  • Leave additional scheduling details, if necessary, in the Comments box on the form.

Example 1:

  • Class period 10:40am - 12:45pm.
  • Pick time slots for 10:30am - 11:00am AND 11:00am - 11:30am.
  • This would result in a 50 minute library instruction session. 10:40am-11:30am

Example 2:

  • Class period: 9:10am - 10:00am
  • Pick time slots for  9:00am-9:30am AND 9:30am - 10:00am
  • This would result in a 50 minute library instruction session from 9:10am-10am.


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