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Rodgers Library Instruction: Instruction Options

Welcome

Below is a list of instruction sessions offered by Rodgers Science and Engineering Library.  Classes are discipline-based and may be tailored to specific course assignments.

Library Instruction Options

There are a number of ways that Rodgers Library can help your students.  Options include:

  • In-class instruction - We can come into your class and present help customized to your assignments.  All sessions can also include a library guide to help students after the session.  Sessions can be during class or lab time and cover as many days as you need.
  • Course library guides - A library guide can be created just for your class and its assignments.  Ideally, the guide would be introduced during a live instruction session in class, but guides can be used on their own.
  • Tutorials - Blackboard tutorials can be created for specific content to be embedded in your course.
  • Workshops - Out-of-class workshops can be held on special topics for groups of classes or entire departments.  Student attendance must be required for workshops to be offered.

 

To sign-up for instruction, please email your librarian the requested instruction date with the following information, preferably at least 2 weeks in advance:

  • Course number
  • Group size
  • Instruction option number
  • Instruction date and time 
  • Location (in your classroom or the library)

If class time is not available, other instruction opportunities can be provided as a course specific guide or tutorials.

General Instruction Options

Option#

Title

Description

1

The Quickstart Library 

 

Don't have time for a full class session? Choose this option if you'd like me to visit your class for 10-15 minutes. This session will include:

  • a librarian introduction & contact info, 
  • 1-2 tips to get your students started on a specific research assignment.
2

Searching Basics

 

Class will cover:

  • How to use Scout's basic search box
  • How to use simple limiters in Scout to narrow a search
  • How to access various items such as PDF files and books on the shelf
  • How to request an item from ILL
3

Approaching Research 

 

Have a research project/assignment? This session will guide students through the process of:

  • choosing a research topic,
  • crafting a research question,
  • identifying search terms, &
  • conducting initial searches using Scout & relevant databases.
4

Evaluating Resources 

 

 

This session will cover:

  • how to distinguish between scholarly, trade, & popular resources,
  • when content/format is appropriate to use,
  • how to evaluate resources for reliability, bias, accuracy, and currency.
5

Advanced Resource Evaluation

 

This class will cover:

  • The peer review process
  • Gray Literature
  • Pseudoscience
6

Search Strategies

 

Class will cover:

  • How to find a specific publication using journal title search
  • How to find a known item such as an article that is referenced in an index record or a works cited page
  • How to identify controlled vocabulary for targeted, field-specific searching
7

Citing Sources

 

Class will cover the citation style tools:

  • Refworks
  • Zotero
  • Endnote
8

Preventing Plagiarism

 

Class will cover:

  • Citing sources in APA, MLA, CSE, etc.
  • Direct quotations
  • Paraphrases
  • Academic integrity
9 Developing a Literature Review This session covers literature review basics including types, structure, and research strategies, with a focus on science-related literature reviews.
10 Other session If one of the sessions above doesn't meet your needs, we will work with you to create a custom session.

SEL Librarians

Please contact the subject librarian directly to schedule your instruction session.
 

Librarian Subjects Contact Information

Mangala Krishnamurthy

Astronomy

Biological Sciences

Geography

Geological Sciences

Nursing

Physics

205-348-2109

mkrishna@ua.edu

Vincent Scalfani

Aerospace Engineering

Biological Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Metallurgical Engineering

Chemistry

Mathematics

205-348-5806

vfscalfani@ua.edu

 

Subject Specific Courses

Option#

Title

Description

R1 Subject Specific Resources

Class will cover:

  • Advanced search options for subject databases
  • Overview of specific databases:
    • EngineeringVillage, IEEE, Scopus
    • SciFinder, Royal Society of Chemistry
    • CINAHL, PubMed, Ovid
    • GeoRef, GeoBase 
  • Controlled vocabulary searching 
R2

Finding Reference Materials

 

Class will cover how to access reference materials in:

  • Knovel
  • AccessEngineering
  • ENGnetBASE
R3

Interactive Equations and Spreadsheet Calculators

 

Class will cover finding and using equations and calculators in:

  • Knovel
  • AccessEngineering
  • Engineering Toolbox
R4 Finding Special Resources

Class will cover how to find resources such as:

  • Patents and Trademarks
  • Dissertations and Theses
  • Standards
  • Material Properties
  • Technical Reports

(Please indicate which resources you want covered.)

Coming Soon:

  • Software Instructional Support for: MATLAB, AutoCAD, Solidworks
  • Strategies and Tools for Managing Your Data