Ohio University

Instructional Support

Librarians partner with instructors to design assignments using library resources, to teach library resources, and to create bibliographies and learning tools related to information literacy. Topics cover library research strategies, critical thinking and information literacy skills, and scholarly communication.  Contact your subject librarian or archivist to:

  • Re-imagine your research paper assignment
  • Develop customized library instruction or workshops for your class
  • Create Subject and Course Guides
  • Create or use our instructional videos
  • Integrate primary source literacy, visual literacy, or information literacy concepts into assignment
  • Use archival collections to teach primary source literacy
  • Find and use library media and other resources in your class

Also, find out more about how we support teaching and learning at a distance.

Don't forget!  We can also help make your course materials as affordable as possible!

The goal of our library instruction program is to help students become information literate.  The Association of College and Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy defines information literacy as "the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning."  Visit our Framework web page for more information about the learning goals we share.

Topics OHIO Librarians Often Teach

  • Effectively using disciplinary and specialized databases for literature, statistics, images, data, reviews, patents, legal resources, primary sources, and more 
  • Understanding the characteristics of different types of information resources (scholarly, popular, trade, primary)
  • Using background research and concept mapping to formulate research topics
  • Understanding the lifecycle of information and the scholarly conversations of disciplines 
  • Organizing large amounts of sources and using citation management tools (e.g. Zotero) 
  • Recognizing and avoiding plagiarism and using information ethically
  • Understanding Fair Use in copyright and Creative Commons licensing
  • Evaluating sources and understanding authority, credibility, bias, and points of view
  • Interpreting citations, locating full text sources reference lists, and identify citing sources 
  • Searching and using digitized special collections and archival resources
  • Understanding article impact metrics and curating your scholarly profile