The library instruction program is intended to help support the teaching, learning, and research which takes place at UW-Oshkosh. Through instruction in the use of Polk Library's print and electronic resources, as well as general and advanced research considerations, librarians introduce and help to cement information literacy concepts and skills. Use the links on the right to see what our program has to offer.
Why Library Instruction?
Often, library instruction is seen as a service that only teaches students how to use the library. While this may be one part of an instruction session, librarians can also introduce students to concepts and skills which go beyond the library walls: how to evaluate the accuracy of information; the peer-review process; ethical use of information, and more. Additionally, the explosion of research options and information can often be overwhelming to any student required to do research.
So, how do you know if your students could use library instruction? If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, then you might consider library instruction for your class:
- Are you unhappy with the quality of research in the assignments your students turn in?
- Do you have students who tell you they cannot find information on their topics?
- Do you find a lack of scholarly research cited in your students' research assignments?
- Are you surprised to find seniors enrolled in your course who are unfamiliar with the research process?
- Do you have students who don't have any idea where the library is or what it has to offer?