Research Support:Library Instruction

Library Instruction

To request Library instruction, please complete the Library Instruction Request Form

CalArts librarians are available to provide in-person and virtual
instruction designed develop students' information literacy and research skills. Instruction sessions can be tailored to align with course themes and topics to embed seamlessly into the curriculum. Librarians can also collaborate with faculty to create customized digital content and develop research-based assignments. 


Reach out to, with any questions about integrating Library instruction into your course. You can also work directly with your discipline-specific liaison librarian to develop instructional activities.

Library Instruction Menu:

  • CalArts Library research fundamentals/stacks exploration activities
  • Advanced search skills
  • Generating ideas for research
  • Digital literacy; lateral reading
  • Avoiding mis- and disinformation
  • Evaluating sources
  • Citing sources
  • Ethical use; ethics of appropriation
  • Utilizing research tools (like Zotero)
  • Research with primary sources; primary source engagement
    • Artists' books
    • Zines
    • Archival material
    • Special Collections material

Course Guides for Your Class

If you would like to work with a librarian to develop a course guide to support your students' research activities, contact your liaison librarian. 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 to support your class

Information Literacy at CalArts

What does "information" mean to you? In your creative practice, where does engagement with information fit in?

Information literacy is defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 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" (emphasis added).

By building information literacy skills, CalArtians can more effectively find the information they need, critically evaluate that information, and integrate it meaningfully in their creative and scholarly practices. 

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