Library Instruction Request

Course-integrated library instruction sessions are customized to your students’ needs and your course objectives.

Instructors attend these hands-on sessions with their classes during the regular class meeting time. The sessions are most valuable when integrated with a course assignment (e.g. research paper). Sessions can cover refining topics and search terms, locating books, ebooks, journal and newspaper articles, best practices while searching the Internet, or another topic of your choosing.

Sessions are normally held on the 2nd floor of the LRC, although they can also take place at the Davis or West Sacramento Center (Fall/Spring semesters only).

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.

If you are making your request before the beginning of the Spring semester, you might not receive a reply until the first week of classes.


Don’t have time in your syllabus for a customized orientation? Offer your students extra credit for attending a face-to-face library workshop on their own, or assign one or more modules of the Research Tutorials in Canvas.

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.