First-Year Instruction

The UT Libraries are a partner in first-year student success. Librarians lead instruction opportunities and develop customized learning resources designed for students enrolled in First-Year Composition, First-Year Studies, and Transition 201 courses.

Through participating in these experiences, students will be able to:

  • Explain and locate different resources and services available to them through the Libraries
  • Identify ways of asking for help from librarians
  • Utilize effective search strategies, such as using keywords and synonyms, in the Libraries’ OneSearch and databases
  • Describe ways of evaluating information resources before incorporating and citing these sources
  • Begin to explore connections between their lived experiences and critical information literacy concepts
  • Understand how they, as researchers and creators of knowledge, impact the Volunteer community

Fall 2021 Instruction

Online Workshops

We are excited to offer a series of live online workshops, which will allow students to choose sessions that best serve their needs, and allows librarians the time to go more in-depth with research skills and strategies than allowed in typical face-to-face instruction sessions. All sessions will have a recorded lecture component of approximately 30 minutes, with working time afterwards for students to practice their information literacy skills.

Fall 2021 Schedule

To read full descriptions of Fall 2021 workshops, please view or download this PDFRecordings of past workshops are available on the Libraries’ YouTube channel.

  • Monday, August 23, 2:15 p.m. – “Welcome to the Libraries!”
  • Monday, August 30th, 2:15 p.m. – “Let’s Get Subject Specific!: How to Navigate Subject Specific Databases and Develop Effective Keywords”
  • Tuesday, September 7th, 11 a.m. – “Upgrading Your Research and Writing: The Importance of Synthesis”
  • Wednesday, September 8th, 2 p.m. EST– “How to Write a Research Question”
  • Wednesday, September 15th, 2 p.m. EST – “Know Where to Go – Primary Sources”
  • Monday, September 20th, 2pm – “Multimodal Made Easy @ The Studio”
  • Tuesday, October 5th at 11 a.m. – “We Won’t Get Fooled Again: Mis/Disinformation and You”
  • Thursday, October 7th at 2:30pm – “Archival Research @ Special Collections”
  • Monday, October 18th at 2:15pm – “Know Where to Go – Secondary Sources”

Specialized Instruction

  • The Libraries offer first-year instruction and consultation opportunities focused on media literacy and media-based assignments, as well as Special Collections and archival research instruction. Visit The Studio and Special Collections pages to learn more about these options.

Resources for Teaching

Contact Us

  • First-Year Composition: Charissa Powell, Assistant Professor and Student Success Librarian for Information Literacy,
  • First-Year Programs: Amber Sewell, Research Assistant Professor and Teaching and Learning Librarian,
  • General inquiries:

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