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Library Instruction

The UT Libraries are partners in student and faculty success. Each year, we reach more than 22,000 learners, ranging from pre-college through graduate populations. Librarians are committed to meeting students and faculty where you are and to fostering intellectual curiosity, creativity, and lifelong information literacy.

Through our instructional practices, we seek to acknowledge, incorporate, and amplify the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our community of learners. We are committed to engaging in dialogue and investing in the ongoing learning necessary to do this work. Visit the Libraries’ Diversity Committee page to learn more about our commitment to inclusion and to read our Diversity Statement.

Getting started

The Libraries offer expertise, services, and resources to support in person, online, and hybrid instruction. Explore the options below to learn more.

Not sure where to start? Use our Ask Us Now feature to chat with a librarian, or contact your Subject Librarian to discuss your instruction ideas and needs.

Request instruction or consultation

Librarians lead sessions about information literacy concepts such as strategic searching, information creation and evaluation, and research as a process. Our Studio and Scholars Collaborative teams offer specialized instruction on media literacy topics and technology-based assignments, and Subject Librarians provide discipline-based research sessions. Special Collections librarians can introduce you to primary sources and archival materials, including digital collections.

Use the links below to explore our offerings and request instruction.

*Please note that for Spring 2021, a majority of offerings will be offered in online formats, and all in-person options will follow social distancing practices in line with campus policies. To tailor instruction to your needs, we generally request two weeks’ notice to schedule sessions.

Incorporate Libraries’ materials

View instructions for accessing e-resources and adding to a Canvas Page (downloadable PDF).

Electronic Resources

The Libraries offer thousands of online books, journals, and articles to incorporate into your courses, including peer-reviewed publications, newspapers, magazines, conference proceedings, and image collections.

Digital Collections

Digital Collections feature digitized versions of physical materials, such as a scan of student publications or photographs. Items feature a range of Special Collections materials, including sports programs, playbills, and maps.

Streaming Media

Streaming resources include documentaries, interviews and testimonies, and other primary source perspectives. Training videos, feature films and theatrical performances are among the other offerings you’ll find here.

Explore librarian-created teaching tools

View instructions for accessing teaching tools and adding to a Canvas Module (downloadable PDF).

Students with laptops and notebooks study in Hodges Library


Online tutorials offer a self-paced approach to navigating the Libraries’ website, specific databases and research tools, and concepts such as topic development.

Research Guides

Curated by librarians, research guides can connect you to resources on broad topics or subject areas (e.g. Anthropology, Primary Sources) or focus on a specific topic or course (e.g. Transcultural Nursing, Civil War in Tennessee). 

Research Guides and Databases can be seamlessly integrated into your Canvas course. View instructions for adding research guides and databases to Canvas using the External Tool feature (downloadable PDF).


Featured Resource

Searching as Exploration Learning Collection

This collection of self-paced teaching resources is designed to help students learn how to develop skills and use UT Libraries’ resources to search for information effectively. 

Tennessee Volunteers Magazine

Published by the University of Tennessee Athletic Department to provide articles and statistics on a variety of sports.

Photographs of UT athletic players and coaches