Research Support:Library Instruction

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Library Instruction for Your Class

For the 2022-2023 academic year, the CalArts Library will be offering Library Instruction sessions primarily in person, on campus.  In certain cases, Instruction sessions may potentially be able to be delivered online (synchronously or asynchronously) at the request of the faculty member.  Please feel free to email with questions and/or to discuss possibilities.

Are your students able to:

  • Effectively articulate their research question and identify the resources needed?
  • Develop effective search strategies and locate appropriate information (i.e. specific types of documents, scholarly materials, etc.)?
  • Evaluate the information they are utilizing?
  • Provide proper citations?

CalArts Librarians are ready to help! We can:

  • Provide research and library instruction based on the needs of students, specific assignments / projects, and/or in-class discussions / topics of focus.
  • Create customized web content to support your class.
  • Collaborate with you to develop information-rich assignments.

To make the session most useful for your students, we suggest:

  • Assigning a required research paper or project assigned to your students;
  • Giving the assignment to your students at least one week prior to the scheduled session;
  • Having your student do some research prior to the session. If they do this, they are more likely to understand some of the potential problems they may encounter while completing their assignment.

To set up an instruction session you may contact Sam Regal, Reference and Instruction Librarian, at, or the librarian for your school.

Course Guides for Your Class

If you would like to work with a librarian to have a course guide set up to support your students' research activities throughout the semester contact the librarian for your school. Information that can be incorporated into the guide can include:

  • Links to electronic resources such as databases, individual books in the library, and websites.
  • Guidelines for your research assignments
  • Examples of good research topics, plus tips for students on how to develop and refine their own
  • Other resources that support your class

Review existing Course Guides:

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