Instructors attend these hands-on sessions with their classes during the regular class meeting time. The orientations are most valuable when integrated with a course assignment (e.g. research paper). Sessions can cover searching for books, ebooks, journal and newspaper articles, best practices while searching the Internet, or another topic of your choosing. Orientations are normally held in LR220, on the 2nd floor of the LRC, although they can also take place at the Davis or West Sacramento Center. Requests for library sessions should be made at least two weeks in advance.
Library orientations are customized to your course objectives.
Make Your Request
This form is for instructors requesting an orientation for their class. If you are a student looking for information about library workshops, please see our Library Workshop Schedule.
Don’t have time in your syllabus for a customized orientation? Offer your students extra credit for attending a face-to-face orientation on their own, or assign one ore more modules of the online tutorial, PILOT.
If you have any questions about the library’s various opportunities for research instruction, please contact Karen Tercho, 916-558-2014.
Occasionally we ask for feedback from instructors who have used orientations. Here are a few responses:
Students in my Public Speaking course are required to select and evaluate the most credible research they can for their presentations. Since I have been scheduling these workshops for advanced research, I have found the quality of their research (and, thus, their presentations) has improved.
The material covered was exactly what the students needed. All the important references were available in easy-to-find websites. The librarian took a lot of time to custom make the session to the course. There were actual examples that the students can already use. Definitely will enable the students work efficiently in their research project.
The librarian tapped into exactly what my students needed, including a bizarre classification that excludes most useful resources from “ethnography” and places them instead as searchable under “ethnology.”
The librarian did an excellent job connecting with my students and actually stayed behind after the session to help one of my students with specific questions he had. It was very encouraging and helpful to the student.