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
Spring 2021 Instruction
To best protect the health of our students, faculty, and staff, first-year instruction for Spring 2021 will be offered in online formats.
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.
Workshops will be held on Monday afternoons at 2:15 p.m. Registration links are available below. Recordings of past workshops available here.
- January 25: Welcome to the Libraries! (Register here)
- February 1: Know Where to Go – Secondary Sources (Register here)
- February 8: How to Write a Research Question (Register here)
- February 15: Let’s Get Subject Specific! How to Navigate Subject Specific Databases and Developing Effective Keywords (Register here)
- February 22: The Studio: Creativity Made Simple (Register here)
- March 1: Know Where to Go – Primary Sources (Register here)
- March 3: Secondary Sources Q&A Session (Register here) *Please note this session is held on Wednesday at 2:15 p.m.
- March 8: Archival Research at Special Collections (Register here)
- March 15: Information Privilege 2.0 (Register here)
- March 22: Algorithmic Bias 2.0 (Register here)
- March 29: Librarian AMA (Register here) *This drop-in session will not be recorded.
- April 5: Librarian AMA (Register here) *This drop-in session will not be recorded.
- 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
- First-Year Composition Research Guide
- Workshop Wednesdays: Students as Scholars (Fall 2020 recordings)
- Digital Teaching Collections Guide
- Citing Sources Guide
- PowerNotes (Research Annotation and Organization Tool)
- Online Tutorials
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